When it comes to dealing with rodents in Dallas, there are things you should do and things you should definitely avoid doing. It is so easy for a rodent problem to get out of hand. Rats and mice breed quickly and can build a large population in just a few months. If you're thinking, "Um, yeah, no thanks," we're with you.
Today, we'll look at rodent control in its simplest form. We'll cover everything you need to know and cut out all of the fluff. As always, we're here for you if you need us. All-Safe Pest & Termite offers cutting-edge rodent control in Dallas. Request a service visit and pest evaluation by going to our contact page. With that said, let's take a look at the things you should know to be on the lookout for more than anything else.
Do Know The Warning Signs Of Rodent Activity
A rodent control problem can sneak up on you. It is possible to see, hear, or smell rodent activity long before you realize you have a big problem on your hands. Let's quickly look at some typical warning signs common rodents in Dallas provide.
You may hear a rodent and then not hear anything for a long time. If you're in the right place at the right time, you can detect scratching, bumping, and gnawing in your walls, particularly at dawn and dusk when rodents are waking up or bedding down. But, most of the time, rodents don't make sounds you can detect. They are quiet as a mouse—pun intended.
You may notice that the insulation under the hood of your car is deteriorating. Rodents collect soft materials for their nests and will steal the insulation that sits just above your engine. If you have an old car, you might think this is normal wear and tear, especially if you haven't had to open your hood in a while.
You may see little footprints in dust or food particles on shelves. As rodents crawl around in your home, they can leave prints for you to find. If you have a workshop or storage area for building materials, you may see these prints in sawdust or some other grainy debris on the floor.
Rodents can deposit grease from their fur When they run along baseboards, boxes, or other objects. You may also see grease marks on floors, walls, and rafters. Rats are prone to doing this as they can come into a home after climbing around in a sewer culvert.
Do you know what a rodent hole looks like? Most people don't. You might expect it to look like a cartoon mouse hole, complete with an arch—and sometimes, their holes do kind of look like this. But most of the time, they just look like gnawed holes, which is exactly what they are. You'll have to look closely to see them because a little mouse can go in and out of a hole slightly larger than a dime.
If your dog or cat is acting a bit strange in the kitchen or near the pantry, you might have a rodent infestation. Animals can hear and smell way better than humans can. If your pet detects activity, it could let you know.
Rodents leave their tiny black droppings as they search for food. You may find these droppings under your sink, behind your cleaning products. Or, you may find them on the floor of your pantry or in strange places, like the backs of your kitchen drawers.
When you see a rat or mouse running along a wall, you don't have to wonder anymore. You have a rodent infestation. It is rare for these secretive animals to get caught. Sightings usually happen after a population has outgrown the available food resources, and the rodents have to take greater risks to find food.
Rats and mice aren't easy to detect at first. Watch for these signs and quickly remove the rodents before they take root in your home. If rats or mice build a population, they can pose serious health risks.
The Dangerous Diseases Rodents Are Known To Spread
When dealing with a rodent problem or working to prevent one, it is helpful to understand the risks associated with them. While rats and mice rarely present a direct threat to humans, they can impact us indirectly.
Urban rodents often come in contact with unsanitary environments or feed on decaying things. The rodents that enter your home from the outside could have harmful bacteria or parasitic worms in their fur and can contaminate your stored foods, dishes, and kitchen surfaces. When rodents have pups inside your home, those new mice may not get exposed to anything outside your house. If so, your sanitation efforts can reduce the risk of sickness. Protect your trash and keep your home as clean as possible.
There are several diseases associated with rodents that spread through contact with fecal matter, urine, or saliva. Some common ones linked to rodent infestations are leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, tularemia, rat-bite fever, jaundice, trichinosis, cowpox virus, and hantavirus.
Tick and Flea Diseases:
When a rat or mouse goes in and out of your home, it can continually bring fleas and ticks in with them. Ticks and fleas are vectors for disease. Some common diseases spread by these pests are Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, tick paralysis, Lyme disease, murine typhus, and bartonellosis.
You can partially mitigate the health concerns related to rats and mice by keeping your home clean and addressing areas where rodents are leaving waste materials. For even more mitigation, you can apply exclusions to keep rodents out of your house. Let's look at the basics of rodent exclusion and how to keep rodents away from your exterior.
Simple Rodent Exclusion Tips For Around Your Property
The best solution for rodent problems comes in two steps. First, you need to reduce rodent activity near your home. There are many ways you can do this yourself. You can also enlist the aid of a licensed pest control service provider to deploy tamper-resistant bait stations. Second, you need to block rodents from getting into your house. These methods are called exclusions. You can apply these yourself or have a professional assist you.
When you alter conditions near your home that attract rodents, you will reduce rodent activity and decrease the risk of having rodents find a way into your home. These maintenance steps are also how you'll keep rodents out of your car. Rodents encroach upon your home when conditions invite them. Consider altering these conditions:
- Rake and blow leaves away from your home or vehicles.
- Remove dead branches and other wood debris.
- Pick up ground clutter and junk piles.
- Attach bird feeders to the top of smooth metal poles to prevent rodents from climbing up.
- Keep trash receptacles covered at all times and wash them down when odors become noticeable.
- Trim vegetation, remove weeds, and keep grass trimmed.
- Clean gutters and patch gutter breaks.
Once you've addressed attractants, turn your attention to removing the tiny holes rodents use to get into your home. Here are a few common entry points.
- Openings around pipes
- Cracks in foundations or slabs
- Rotten cavities in or between wood members
- Damage or old weatherstripping or sweeps
- Damaged screens or gaps around screen frames
- Unscreened vents
If you have the skills and energy to apply these exclusions, you'll have a good chance of keeping rats and mice out of your home. They don't know that your home is a nice place to live. Rodents often infiltrate structures because they're attracted to tiny openings. If you remove the enticement, rodents may not attempt to gnaw their way into your house.
Professional Rodent Control Is A Safe Way To Protect Your Home
When you have a rodent problem, it pays to get professional assistance. A pest management professional has unique training and experience to deal with rats and mice properly. We evaluate the conditions, track rodent activity, and apply a comprehensive control strategy. When we finish, you'll know that your home is rodent-free.
DIY rodent control often falls short and can actually create extra problems. When you get professional rodent control, you'll get the results you want without the unwanted consequences that can come with hit-or-miss rodent control.
Also, keep in mind that a professional doesn't just help you get rid of rodents. As we pointed out earlier, a pest control service provider can apply bait and pest maintenance around your exterior to prevent rodent issues.
Are you in the Dallas area? Contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for rodent control near you. We can guide you toward a professional solution for your rodent issue. It is easy to get started. Call and speak with one of our service team members, or navigate to our contact page and drop us a line. We look forward to helping you resolve your conflict with rats or mice.