Wait – there’s that noise again. You here little scratches in the attic or in the walls. Oh no, is it rats? Rats and mice can be a huge problem in Texas. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t notice rats until they’ve become a big problem. Rats and mice can cause a great deal of damage to our homes, contaminate our food and carry dangerous diseases, which is why it’s important to have rodent control.
Rats and mice will quickly take advantage of any food source and warm shelter… AKA, your home. These rodents consume the crumbs and open bags in our pantry, and any other food we may have discarded. They can also squeeze through any hole or opening into your home, such as a tiny rip in any screen doors or windows.
If you’re looking to get rid of rats or mice in your home, shed, yard or any other area there are plenty of rodent control precautions you can take. In this blog, our pest control professionals here at Dynasty Pest Control will delve deeper into how to get rid of rats and mice.
Why Rats and Mice Are Bad
They may be cute and tiny to some, but don’t let their looks fool you. These tiny rodents can pose a threat to you and your family’s health. Mice, among other rodents, carry a variety of diseases, such as hantavirus and leptospirosis.
You don’t even have to come into direct contact with one of these rodents to get sick. All it takes is direct contact with anything they’ve contaminated. That’s why it’s so important to have rodent control.
Along with spreading diseases, rats and mice tend to chew through all sorts of material. From insulation to drywall, these pesky critters can cause real havoc in your home. And sometimes it’s too late before you even notice.
With all this in mind, a rodent problem is not something you should ignore. If you notice any signs of rats or mice living in your home, you need to call a rodent control professional. It’s important to take action before it’s too late.
There’s Never Just One Mouse in the House
We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s never just one rat or mouse in the house. If you see one, there’s almost a definite chance there’s another one lurking nearby. When one finds their way in, others will most likely find their way in too. They’re all looking for somewhere warm to reside that has food and water. Not to mention, they tend to multiply quickly. Don’t let that be inside your home.
Rodent Control: How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice
Clean and Declutter
Getting rid of rodents start with prevention. It’s important to keep your home and yard clean and free of clutter. If there’s any clutter, it just provides rodents with a warm place to hide out and nest. It’s also important you never leave any food scraps or spills out.
Cleaning and decluttering your home is the first step to prevents rodents from invading your home, and one of the most important rodent control tips. Store all of your food, including pet food, in airtight containers or seal bags so there’s absolutely nothing left out on the counters.
Skip the DIY Home Rodent Control Remedies
We’ve all seen some sort of DIY rodent repellent ideas, such as peppermint spray and sprinkling mint leaves everywhere, but it’s probably best to skip them. There’s no proven science or evidence behind any of these DIY methods. If you have a rodent problem and try to fix it yourself with peppermint spray, it may only give the rodents more time to multiply and make the problem worse.
Your Best Bet
If you notice any signs of rodents in your home, you need to call a rodent control professional right away. Once rodents have entered your home, the only way to get them out is to call a professional.
Signs rodents are in your home:
• Alive or dead mice or rats
• Droppings (look for around food or around trash areas)
• Scratching sounds from the walls or attic
• Teeth marks on wires or structural wood
• Smudge marks on walls
A pest control professional will come out to your home and inspect the inside and outside; Look for any openings that you may not have noticed. Any risk areas or nesting sites will be identified and treated. Our professional will tailor a customized protection plan to get your pest problem under control.
Rodent Control Specials
For a limited time, we’re offering $50 off your next rodent control service. Offer includes two rodent bait stations, traps as needed, and find entry points. Head over to our specials page to book your appointment.
It’s winter, which means Texas rodents are looking for a warm place to stay. Even when it’s not winter, these pesky rodents often make their way into your home. Gnawing on objects, hiding in your pantry, making themselves comfortable – without you even knowing they’re inside your home.
Texas rodents are warm-blooded mammals that have large, front teeth that never stop growing. Rodents can carry a variety of diseases that are harmful to you and your family. Rats and mice are among the most common rodent species that invade homes and businesses.
Rats and mice are usually found living in close proximity to people, and eventually even depend on humans for food, water and shelter – Texas rodents are living off of the crumbs in your pantry and garbage.
Common Texas Rodents
In Texas, the most common rodents you’ll find is the Norway rat, roof rat, and the house mouse.
The Norway Rat
When fully grown, the Norway Rat is 7-9 inches in length, with an additional 6-8 inches for their tail. The Norway Rat is among the heavier and larger in the rodent family. Norway rats have scruffily brown fur peppered with black hair; the fur on their stomach is usually gray or white. They also have large black eyes, small ears, a rounded blunt nose and a bi-colored tail.
The Roof Rat
Thanks to their name, you probably already know these Texas rodents are often found climbing trees in order to access your home’s roof. They’re known to be excellent climbers. Roof rats have dark brown or black fur with a lighter underbelly. These Texas rodents can grow about 6-8 inches in length, but their tail adds an additional 6-8 inches. Their noses are pointed and they have large ears and eyes.
The house mouse is a smaller on the rodent spectrum. They have a small, pointed nose with small rounded ears and a long, almost hairless tail. It’s a very common rodent home and business owners usually see. Their hair is short and light brown in color. They usually gain entry into your home by small openings and crevices.
Are These Rodents Dangerous?
Rodents aren’t typically known to be aggressive, but that doesn’t mean you should try to come in contact with them. They’re still considered dangerous and if they are cornered, they might bite. Rodents are constantly gnawing on things, such as wires, pipes, drywall, floors, and plastic, to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.
They can also bring diseases and bacteria into your home that can make you and your family very ill. Rodents can also bring parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites into your home, which can get transferred to your pets.
How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation
Interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that supports a rat population. Keeping vegetation thinned out or removed from the perimeter of buildings. Removing clutter and any debris that creates hiding places rats can use as harborage sites.
How Can You Get Rid of These Rodents?
The best way to ensure your house isn’t infested with rodents is to call a professional and let them inspect the interior and exterior of your home. At Dynasty Pest Control, we have solutions to help prevent or eliminate rodent infestations in your home or business. Rat treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Some of the more important non-chemical methods are Exclusion and sealing of sites greater than ½ inch (about the size of a dime) using screens, flashing, door sweeps and other materials to keep rats from entering a structure.
For professional rodent and pest control in Dallas and North Dallas, contact Dynasty Pest Control. Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
Summer will soon be coming to an end, and as the weather starts cooling down, things in your house may start warming up. In order to stay warm in the fall and winter, rodents are moving indoors to stay warm for those chilly winter nights. You may think your house is boarded up tight, but tiny mice, find a way to enter your home through small cracks and holes that you don’t see.
Don’t let rodents enter your home this fall and winter. Request a free pest inspection today.
Rodents can exist on merely crumbs in your home, so you may not notice the presence of one or two, but if you don’t take precaution you could end up with a full-blown rodent infestation overnight. The key to keeping rodents at bay this fall and winter is preparing the inside and outside of your home. Here’s Dynasty Pest Control’s guide on how to keep rodents from entering your home.
Inspect Your Home for Rodents
Just doing a simple glance over your home to see if there are any entry points for a rodent infestation is not enough. You need a thorough interior and exterior inspection to correctly identify where the pests are entering your home. If you’re not sure where to even start, our team will thoroughly inspect your home for you. Rodents can enter your home through any entry points that are bigger than a ½ inch (about the size of a dime).
Seal Your House
Doors, windows, etc. If you and your family tend to leave your front door, windows or garage door open, you could be inviting rodents directly into your home. The second you stop paying attention, mice are looking for ways to sneak into your home.
Rodents tend to always find a way to sneak through screen doors that have holes in them. Even if the hole is the size of your fingernail, tiny mice can slide right through. Keep your doors, windows and screen doors closed at all times. If you have a door or window that won’t close all the way, or has a gap between the window and the frame, seal it with steel wool or hardware cloth.
Inspect Your Foundation
The foundation of your house is everything, but if there’s cracks in your walls near windows and entryways, it might be allowing rodents to enter your home. Walk around the outside perimeter of your home to inspect for any cracks or holes that mice like to wiggle through.
- Seal any holes you find that are bigger than 1/4 inch. Be sure to use sturdy material, such as sheet metal to repair your home. Mice can easily chew through weak materials and enter your house with no problem.
- Check the wall that separates your garage from the rest of your house. This tends to be a spot that mice like to sneak through.
Keep Your Home Clean on the Inside & Outside
By keeping your home clean on the inside and outside, you’re minimizing available food and water that feeds the rodents. If the pests don’t have any food and water to survive, they’ll find another place to call home. Tiny mice or other pests won’t have any place to hide if you keep your lawn and other vegetation outside your home thinned out, and cut low. Also, remove clutter and any debris, such as wood piles, that creates hiding places rodents can use as harborage sites.
Make sure all your food is stored and sealed properly, especially grains and pet food. Place food in sealed metal or heavy-duty plastic containers, and dispose of garbage regularly. Remove all clutter from your home, such as piles of clothing, boxes of old cookware, piles of old magazines and cardboard boxes.
Clutter to Avoid:
- Boxes of plates, glasses, pots and pans you’ve been meaning to sell or get rid of at the next yard sale might be attracting mice to your basement or storage room.
- Piles of clothing. Whether you’ve been meaning to donate your clothes, or just forgot about the pile, mice might be soon calling this home. Even if your clothes are in a bag, they can still be susceptible to being used as a rodent nest. Store the clothes you don’t wear much in a wooden chest, or plastic bins.
- Stacks of magazines, newspapers, or other papers. These old paper publications are the perfect place for mice to make nests.
- Cardboard boxes. These flimsy boxes are no challenge for mice; they can chew right through the material, so be sure not to leave them on the floor.
- Cans, bottles or other old storage containers. Mice may be attracted to the smell of the food residue on these old food containers.
- Old furniture. That old couch that’s been sitting in your garage may now be home to mice. Instead of letting old furniture collect dust in your garage, basement or attic, get rid of it. Any cloth material, especially that isn’t used often, could be a cozy home for mice. Now might be the time to get rid of that old loveseat gathering dust in the basement.
Let Nature Do Its Thing
Another solution to prevent a rodent infestation from happening in your home or yard is to place natural herbs, such as bay leaves or mint, around your home. It may sound silly, but mint plants planted around your windows and doors will repel mice. You could also sprinkle peppermint or spearmint essential oil around your house to deter pests.
If you spot evidence of a rodent infestation, don’t hesitate to handle the problem or call for professional help. Rodents tend to reproduce quickly, and one or two can potentially turn into a full-blown infestation.