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Rodent Control and Extermination Services
Rodents are known for their ability to breed rapidly, which means their population can quickly get out of control. If you’ve seen even one rat or mouse in or around your home, chances are very great that there are many more you can’t see. That’s why it’s important to call for professional rodent control as soon as possible.
Our technicians are trained in the most effective rodent control methods and know how to recognize the signs of rodent infestation. Our services include baiting and trapping, and identifying the places where rodents can enter your home to help prevent further infestation.
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When rats, mice, or other types of rodents invade your home, they can cause problems ranging from structural damage to carrying disease. Westfall’s Pest Control’s rodent control experts offer prompt, effective treatment to rid your home of these pests.
What to know about rodents
Rodents can carry more than 35 diseases that pose a danger to humans, according to The Centers for Disease Control. These diseases can be contracted by coming into contact with rodent feces, saliva, or urine; being bitten; or handling a rodent. Rats and mice can also indirectly spread disease through fleas, mites, or ticks that have fed on an infected rodent. Rodent-borne diseases include salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, hantavirus, and bubonic plague.
Mice and rats do have certain preferences, but they will eat any type of food they can find. It’s generally a misconception that they eat inedible materials such as wiring or wood — they chew or gnaw these materials to sharpen their teeth or create nests.
Signs of infestation
Even if you haven’t seen a rat or mouse, there are telltale signs of their presence. These include droppings found along baseboards, in boxes or bags, or near where food is stored or prepared, such as kitchen pantries, drawers, cabinets, or bins. You may notice chewed spots or holes in food packages, such as pasta and grain products, or pet food bags. You may also hear rodents as they’re nesting or moving around, especially at night.
A two-pronged approach can be effective in keeping rats and mice from taking up residence in your home. First, don’t give them access to your food: Keep your kitchen clear of crumbs and store cereals and grains in sealed containers that can’t be chewed through. Second, entry points must be eliminated. Remember that some rodents can squeeze through openings that are as small as one quarter of an inch.
Indicators of Rodent Infestation
Rodents like to invade homes with plenty of openings, like A/C vents, service conduits, and holes in the foundation of buildings. Both rats and mice appreciate a warm area where they can colonize, breed, and find many different sources of food.
An easy indicator that both rats and mice have been in an area for a long period of time is the smell. If an area is saturated with rodent droppings, it tends to look decayed, moist, and smell heavily of ammonia. This would be a clear indicator that rodent control is needed.
If there are large quantities of it found in a residence, it can be bad for human health. In addition to smelling bad, it can become toxic, and cause damage when concentrated in a small area.
Rodents also have a nasty habit of gnawing on many things around homes, such as insulation and electrical wiring. This can create the risk of sparking a fire, or damaging foundational materials.
- Rub marks
- Noises in the walls (Squeaking, scratching, etc.)
- Damaged or open food containers
- Heavy smell of ammonia