Odd noises during the night?
Rodents move indoors in search of food and optimal temperatures. Once inside, they can damage the structure of your home. Among the most destructive vertebrates in existence, mice and rats can chew through wood, plaster and electrical wiring. Rodents also pose serious health threats – transmitting disease-causing organisms through urine, droppings and bites. Rats can carry more than 40 disease-causing viruses and bacteria, including Hantavirus and salmonella. The house mouse is the primary carrier of an illness called Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus, or LCMV, which causes symptoms such as headache, fever, chills and muscle aches in people with poor immune systems. Rodents also have been known to bite, most commonly sleeping babies, inquisitive children or the bedridden elderly.
To stop mice and rats from taking up residence in your home, reduce rodent-appealing elements while it’s still warm outside. Implement the following tips to guard your home from the furry pests this fall and winter:
The house mouse is considered one of the most troublesome rodents in the United States. In homes they feed on and damage food, contaminate food with droppings and urine, cause structural damage to building by gnawing and nest-building, including chewing on furniture and wiring. In addition, house mice can spread disease to humans and pets, including salmonellosis (food poisoning). House mice contaminate much more food than they actually eat, due to their urine & feces, posing a danger to your family if a rodent gets into your food supply.
Rats are a huge pest problem: they eat and contaminate food, they cause damage to homes and structures, and they transmit diseases to humans and other animals. Rats will make a home anywhere they can access food and cover, including farm buildings, under houses, rubbish dumps and even sewage systems. They climb very well and can fit through a hole as small as 1/2 inch in diameter. Most rodents tend to be more active at night, making identifying them more difficult. Look for grimy rub marks at the base of walls and droppings (feces): rat droppings are about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in length; mouse droppings are 1/4 inch. Look for signs of gnawing: rats have powerful front teeth and can gnaw through wood, electric cables, pipes, plastic, and metal.
Raccoons are very adaptable animals, and they thrive in urban and suburban environments. Female raccoons love to break into attics in order to have a litter of young to birth and raise. The same goes for under decks and sheds. Raccoon mothers give birth in spring, to 3-5 pups on average. Raccoons often steal pet food or raid garbage cans, and they love water, so they’ll poop in your pool or raid your goldfish pond. We humanely trap and remove these masked bandits, and clean up the mess they’ve made inside your attic. If you see a raccoon out and about during the daytime, be alert, but don’t simply assume that it’s rabid. A rabid raccoon will act very strangely, and will have motor impairment. Some raccoons simply forage for extra food during daylight hours. Regardless, if you ever have a raccoon that concerns you, and you want us to remove it for you, we would be happy to do so.
Squirrels may seem cute, but they’re not cute when they choose to live in your attic. They chew their way in, and once inside, they not only make a lot of noise running around, but they damage your house by chewing on rafters and worse, on electrical wires – this can create a legitimate fire hazard in your home. We humanely trap and remove all of the squirrels, and then we permanently seal off the entry points so that no more squirrels can ever gain access to your attic again. The young stay in the attic until they are adult size, and as they grow, they start to make quite a bit of noise. We will humanely remove the whole family and keep squirrels out for good.
Opossums are not smart, but they’re highly adaptable animals. They are interesting in many ways: they are the only North American Marsupial, which means that the young grow in the mother’s pouch. The have a prehensile tail, from which they can hang if they must, but which they rarely do. They will also sometimes feign death, or “play possum”, but this behavior is rare as well. Opossums have opposable thumbs on their hind feet, and they are excellent climbers. They have an excellent immune system. They are omnivores, and eat almost everything, so they are great survivors. However, possums usually only live about 3 years max in the wild. They commonly become a nuisance because they live in urban areas. They love to steal pet food and garbage. They frequently live under decks or sheds, and often break into the attics of homes. Once inside an attic, they often leave behind a very large quantity of droppings. They also die inside buildings with great frequency. Whether dead or alive, we can take care of your possum problem for good.