With growing communities come growing concerns when rodents start appearing. Frequently asked questions we receive are: “Any way to get rid of rats?” “Why am I just now seeing rodents?” “I’m noticing gnawing marks on my outside electrical wires. Are they from rats?” All great questions and we’re here to help answer them.
“Any way to get rid of rats?”—Yes. Though, depending on the conditions, it may take some time. We wish it was like a light switch where we can turn off the switch and they all disappear but, unfortunately, that’s not the case. Depending on how long the infestation has been going on depends on how long it could take. You may just now be seeing them, but an infestation could have been started a year or more ago.
“Why am I just now seeing rodents?” – Again, it depends on the current conditions. Construction of new homes or the demolition of homes or buildings can relocate rodents from their nests.
When ground is broken on a new construction site, it breaks the soil and anything living in the area will need to find new shelter, food and water sources. Sometimes, resulting in them moving in with you.
The Norwegian (or Norway Rat) and Deer mice are most commonly seen on the ground outdoors. The Norway Rat, often mistaken for the Roof Rat, burrows within the ground (they’re not good climbers) and can get up to 9” long with their thick tail.
Deer Mice, will be found outside as well. These mice prefer to hide out within debris around your property, shed or barn. You might see these critters in the weeds, under wood piles or rummaging through your trash. It’s important to keep the lawn mowed and property clutter free.
Roof Rats, on the other hand, like to climb. You may see these rats in trees or on the outside water spout trying to get to your roof to find a way into your attic. That’s why it’s important to trim trees away from your home and cover the drain spouts with a wire mesh. These rodents can get up to 16” with their tail and travel in groups of 8-10 at a time.
“But what about the mice inside?” – Oh yes, the good ‘ole House Mouse. Can’t forget about them. Even though the house mouse only gets up to about 7” with their tail, these mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. That means, they can find the smallest of places to enter your home and begin an infestation within your walls, attic or garage. Check and seal any holes along the outside of your home.
“Well, I’m noticing gnaw marks on my electrical wires and pipes.” – Uh oh. That sounds like a possible infestation. Rodents gnaw and chew on things to keep their incisors (front teeth) from growing too long. Unfortunately, if not caught in time this could mean very costly repairs for homeowners.
Rodents breed rapidly, so it doesn’t take long for an infestation to occur.
If your concerned about rodents like some of your neighbors were in areas like: Eagle Ridge, Travis Ranch, Falcon Point, and Terrabella Rockwall, contact us today to get started on a preventative rodent and pest control plan. 214-321-2847