The word rodent comes from the Latin word rodere, which literally means gnawing. That pretty much sums up everything a rodent does: they gnaw. You might not ever see them in the act of gnawing, but you can certainly face the aftermath.
This is why you need to get serious about rodent control at the first sign of a mouse or rat and contact the professionals at Guarantee Pest. The longer you wait, the greater the chance for that rodent family to expand.
Damage from Rodents
The most obvious damage caused by rodents is a loss of food. Obviously, if you find a bag of rice or cereal that has been gnawed into, you’ll want to toss out the whole thing. That might not be that big of a deal in your kitchen, but around the world, a rat infestation can have a devastating impact on local food supplies. That makes rodent control a global problem.
Then there’s the damage caused to your home. Once a rodent senses a food source, they’ll stop at nothing to gnaw their way through. Rodents have been known to chew through aluminum siding and even concrete.
Rodents on the Move
Once a rodent has set up a nest, they don’t like to travel far. Typically, they might be only 200 feet from their primary source of food which could be your kitchen. Most often rats and mice are active at night. Rats like to eat their meals all at once while mice tend to nibble.
A rodent has the ability to squeeze into the tiniest of openings that could be as small as 1/4 of an inch. Rodent control is an issue for homeowners as well as restaurants, supermarkets, and farms, so at the first sign of rodents, it’s important to contact a professional at Guarantee Pest to get rid of them quickly and efficiently.
Getting Rid of Rodents
When it comes to getting rid of rodents, there are many weapons at your disposal. Many folks with signs of a rodent problem start out by placing traps at strategic spots down in the basement or in a garden. The traps are usually baited with a piece of food that will attract the rodent. Although effective, you also have to deal with the cleanup.
Pesticides can also be used to poison the rats. The hope is that they will digest the pesticides and then crawl away to expire. What you don’t want are rodents dying in the inside of your walls which can create an odor problem that will be extremely challenging to get rid of.
The other factor to consider when getting rid of rodents is the source. Usually, a single sighting of a mouse or rat means there are probably more rodents not far away. Rodents are exhaustive reproducers. For total eradication, you need to try and find their nest and remove them at the source. That isn’t always feasible for homeowners, especially in urban settings or homes with expansive property.
How to Keep Rats Away
One of the most effective methods to keep rats away is to bring in the pros from Guarantee Floridian Pest Control. We’ve been dealing with rodent problems in Florida for several years and know how to spot the signs of a possible rodent infestation.
We will also be able to provide you with a wide array of eradication solutions. Contact us to put your rodent control plan into action. You’ll sleep a lot better after we’ve taken care of your rodent problem.