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The topic of rats and mice in Plano, Texas, can seem confusing. They're sneaky critters that do sneaky things. If you've been trying to keep them away from your property with little success, this short article should help. We're going to cover all of the bases today.

 

This guide will quickly examine how to identify common rodents and discuss their differences. We'll review some of what they do on your property and in your home. We'll tell you how to keep them away from your property and what professional methods work to control them effectively.

 

For assistance with professional rodent control in Plano, contact your All-Safe Pest & Termite team. We use science-based solutions to get the results you want.

Common Rodent Species: Identify Rats, Mice, And Other Intruders

Step one in any control plan is understanding the pests you're attempting to control. In the case of rodents, there are two kinds of rats and two kinds of mice in the Plano area to know about. The information we'll review about these four will provide all you need to know about Plano rodents in general.

 

House Mice: The most common and frustrating rodent pests are house mice. As the name implies, they like living in houses. They're also tiny rodents, which means they can squeeze through small holes and survive on minimal food sources. House mice are typically gray on top and white or light gray on the belly, though some can also be light brown on top.

 

Deer Mice: While these rodents are common, they don't commonly live in houses. You are much more likely to find them in your shed. A deer mouse has a deer's coloration—tawny on top and white on the belly.

 

Roof Rats: These common rats are exceptional climbers that live in tree cavities. When they figure out that you have a giant tree cavity in your home, you can expect them to move in. Your attic is perfect for a roof rat family. When these rodents get into your attic, they'll find nooks and crannies to hide in. They can also live in wall voids. You can distinguish a roof rat by its black color and small size. It is the smaller of the two pest rats on this page.

 

Norway Rats: Norway rats are common in yards but not in homes. They like to nest in ground cavities or burrow in holes created by other animals. When Norway rats infiltrate homes, they typically use entry points near the ground. While they can climb, they're not particularly interested in it. You can easily identify Norway rats by their brown coloration and thick tails.

 

Rats and mice are entirely different animals. They don't mate with each other. Since rats are larger, they tend to bully the mice. So you won't find rats and mice living in your home at the same time. You'll have one of the other. But, it isn't good to have either. Let's quickly look at why this is the case.

Why Rodent Control Matters: Protecting Your Home And Health

Having wild rodents in your home isn't good because they are wild animals. You keep a pet rodent in a cage so it cannot chew on building materials and personal items. In its cage, you can manage the waste materials of a pet rat or mouse. And a caged rodent isn't going to get into your stored foods. It will only eat what you give it.

 

A wild rodent will chew on many things. It will gnaw a hole to get into your walls and chew another hole to get out of your walls. As it climbs up through your walls, it may gnaw on wiring. It can chew on and shred insulation and stored items in your attic. When it gets hungry, it can climb down to your kitchen and pantry and chew holes in your food packages.

 

Wild rodents leave their waste all over your house. They also frequently come in contact with it. No amount of self-grooming will make them clean. So, when they get into food storage or climb on your kitchen counters, they can leave disease-causing organisms.

 

If a wild rodent finds food there, it will quickly settle into your house to nest and grow a family. It doesn't take long for two mice to turn into several dozen. As the population grows, so does the risk of contamination.

 

While bacterial contamination is a serious concern, it is not the only one. Contact with rodent waste and the spread of parasites, like ticks, also pose health concerns. It is best to do everything possible to keep rats and mice out of your house. Let's examine how rodent prevention works.

Rodent Prevention Tips: How to Keep Your Property Rodent-Free

Rats and mice can enter your yard and quickly decide to take up residence there, but they are not yard rodents. Gophers and voles are examples of yard rodents. They don't infest homes because nature is their preferred habitat. Rats and mice can live outdoors or indoors. That makes them troublesome creatures. Here are a few ways to alter your yard's conditions to deter rats and mice from wanting to live near you. If you discourage them, you may stop them from getting into your home:

  • Store wood: A woodpile is an enticing hiding or nesting location for rats and mice. Storing wood on a platform or in a rubber bin is a good way to deter rodents.
  • Remove clutter: Ground clutter helps rats and mice navigate using touch. By picking it up, you make your yard more intimidating to these two kinds of rodents.
  • Remove junk: Rodents hide under things. They prefer natural hiding places, such as a pile of leaves or sticks. They'll also get underneath a stored item, such as an old appliance you're keeping in the backyard until you have time to get rid of it.
  • Use fencing: Install fencing materials to block access to voids underneath structures. Rodents love to hide underneath decks, stairs, sheds, and other exterior structures, where it is dark and secluded.
  • Clean trash receptacles: Use scented bags in your trash containers and keep them covered. Rodents can smell the strong aroma of decaying organic matter from a distance.
  • Reduce insects in your yard: Rodents eat insects as a source of protein. One way to naturally reduce insect populations is to control light. Insects are attracted to white light. Yellow light is a great option because insects aren't attracted to it.
  • Trim bushes: Rodents get into landscaping and find hiding places or bugs to eat. Trimming the lower branches of your bushes can make your landscaping more resistant to rodent activity.
  • Remove bird feeders: It is not commonly understood, but rats and mice will do anything they can to get to bird seed. They love it.
  • Feed your dog or cat indoors: Rats and mice will eat pet food, and rats are particularly attracted to it.

These prevention practices can manage rodent activity around your home. If more control is needed, it is best to contact a licensed professional like All-Safe Pest & Termite. Baiting is a method used to control rat and mouse populations. It is essential to use the correct bait and deploy it in devices that keep non-targeted animals from getting to the bait.

Professional Pest Control: The Most Effective Rodent Control Solution

There are two ways your All-Safe Pest & Termite team can help you deal with rodents. If you don't have a rodent problem yet, we can help you keep them out. We'll inspect your home and look for warning signs, conducive conditions, and other factors that relate to infestations. We'll seal points of entry using professional-grade materials. We'll apply traps in key locations to collect rodents and monitor activity. If needed, we may use bait to control populations. In many cases, our Integrated Pest Management approach can deal with rats and mice without the need to deploy bait stations.

 

If you already have rats or mice in your home, we'll inspect the interior and locate the area of infestation. We'll track the conditions that allowed for the infestation and apply exclusion materials where needed. We'll strategically deploy traps to collect the rodents in your house and follow up to ensure you no longer have rodents in your home. We do this by checking monitoring devices and performing an inspection.

 

Do you live in Plano, Texas? Contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for rodent control near you. We can help you keep house rodents out of your house using trusted products and field-tested methods. It is easy to get information about rodent control in Plano. You can navigate to our Contact Us page and fill out the short form. Through that page, you can get detailed information about our service options, pricing, and what rodent control for your home might look like.

 

We look forward to helping you find the right solution for your home and family.

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