Mice Rats And Rodents

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Professional Rodent Pest Control Treatment Tampa FL

Rodents are some of the most determined pests in the world. This especially applies to rodents that fit the household pest criteria. The mouse and rat are included in the household pest classification. These rodents are highly known for infiltrating homes through plumbing pipe passages and other exterior-to-interior openings.

Rodents infiltrate residential, commercial, and industrial facilities in search of food and shelter. In Florida, the most common indoor rodent sighting involves the rat and mousedeer mouse and house mouse. The two mouse species have unique physical characteristics to make them identifiable.

Deer Mouse: The “Peromyscus maniculatus” is a very common rodent genus. The adult grows up to 3 inches long, with large round-tipped ears and black eyes. The fur varies between grayish/brown and brown. The abdomen is white or off-white.

The deer mouse is not known to infiltrate the human habitat. However, the rodent species will plague farmers and gardeners. They are very commonly found living in hot, dry areas and woodlands.

House Mouse: The “Mus musculus” is a rodent genus. The adult grows up to 4 inches long, with round-tipped years and black beady eyes. The eyes and ears are slightly smaller than that of the deer mouse. The house mouse is known for infiltrating residential and commercial establishments, unlike the deer mouse.

The house mouse is sometimes domesticated as a pet. The fur varies between brown and grayish/brown, with a white or off-white abdomen.

Rodent Infestation – What Florida Residents Should Know

It is important for everyone to know the signs of a rodent infestation. Whether you are a property owner, landlord, tenant, government official, farmer, or frequent visitor, rodent encounters can occur at any moment. Signs to look for include the following:

  • Small- and medium-sized fecal droppings in high-risk areas indoors
  • Nests constructed from various materials, such as blades of grass, twigs, leaves, and household waste
  • Gnaw marks on electrical wiring, furniture, structural components, and food manufacturing packages
  • Audible gnawing and scurrying noises can be heard through walls, ceilings, and floors

Rodent Droppings Characteristics

Rodent fecal droppings vary on different factors, including diet and species. Larger rodent species generally produce larger fecal droppings. The diet plays a major role in the color and size of the fecal droppings. Normal rodent fecal material is dark brown to black in color, measuring between 3 and 6 millimeters. The ends are slightly pointy or round.

Why Are Rodent Infesting My Tampa Property?

Rodents infiltrate properties in search of the essentials – food, shelter, and water. However, there are some species of rodents that do not set out to infiltrate human habitats. One example is the deer mouse, which is drawn to gardens and farmland. When these rodents infiltrate the human habitat, it is most often by accident.

Commensal, a term utilized to describe rodent species that share human living spaces, rodents infiltrate homes through exterior-to-interior access points. These openings can be found in passages that lead from the interior to the exterior of the property. These passageways are often utilized to bring water and electricity into the home. They are also utilized for the removal of sewage.

What Is the Most Effective Rodent Management Strategy?

Florida consumers have two rodent treatment options – professional and do-it-yourself. Depending on your level of experience, dealing with rodents, do-it-yourself pest control may be the best option. For consumers who have little to no experience in rodent management, our professional extermination is available.

The main differences between these two rodent management services include treatments, price, effectiveness, and potency. Do-it-yourself rodent control is limited to over-the-counter rodenticides and traps. When these treatments are combined, they can deliver some relief for minor rodent problems.

Professional rodent management is better suited for full-blown rodent infestation. We highly recommend professional pest control when dealing with a moderate to severe rat or mouse infestation.

Do Mice And Rats Spread Disease To Humans?

Yes, rats and mice do transmit disease to humans. However, not all rat and mouse rodents carry diseases. Other rodents have scientifically been linked to various diseases:

  • Rat-bite fever
  • Lassa fever
  • Choriomeningitis
  • Plaque
  • Malaria
  • Leptospirosis
  • Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
  • Hantavirus

Nearly all rodent species spread ticks and fleas to wild and domesticated animals.

Are Rodents A Fire Hazard?

Yes, a rodent is a mammal, with continuously growing incisors or front teeth. The urge to gnaw is so powerful, rodents cannot fight it. Signs of gnawing can be found throughout infested properties. Gnaw marks on food packaging and containers, structural components, carpet, furniture, drapery, appliances, clothing, toys, and electronic devices.

Rodent gnawing will not only result in permanent structural damage but also electrical fires. The mammals gnaw through the insulating materials utilized to protect electrical wiring, leaving them exposed to the elements. If the exposed electrical wiring makes contact with flammable materials, a fire can break out.

Mouse-Borne Illnesses

Commensal rats and mice have also been associated with foodborne illnesses. These rodent-borne illnesses are the result of ingested contaminated food or water. When a human accidentally ingests food contaminated with mouse fecal matter, it can result in a foodborne illness – Shigella, salmonella, and E. coli.

Contaminated rodent urine and feces can lead to severe abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, a low-grade fever, and headaches.

When Will The Exterminator Be Dispatched To My Tampa Home For The Consultation?

Are Tampa customer support team will immediately begin processing your service require upon receiving it. Our pest control service request management kicks in as soon as a customer support representative receives it. The process may take between 24 and 48 hours in many cases to complete.

If you are overly concerned about your rodent problem, we highly suggest taking advantage of our same-day or emergency rodent services.

Does Rodenticide Contain Environmentally Unfriendly Toxins?

All rodenticides utilize some type of toxin to eradicate rats and mice. This is a lethal weapon utilized by pest control companies across the United States to control rodent populations. Rodenticides are available in several formulas – natural and synthetic toxins. Natural rodenticides utilize ingredients from natural sources, such as garlic, hot pepper, cocoa powder, onion, peppermint oil, and grains.

Toxin-based rodenticides utilize phosphorous paste, arsenic, calcium cyanide, strychnine, thallium sulfate, and barium carbonate salt.

How To Prevent Rodent Infestation From Happening Again?

Once you have dealt with rodents inside your home, you never want to do it again. However, a repeat rodent infestation is a major possibility because your home’s pest barrier is worn thin. Preventing a second rodent infiltration will not be easy, but it is possible with an effective prevention strategy. Maintain a rodent-free home by heeding the following tips:

  • Know the common signs of a rodent infestation
  • Seal all access points into your home with stainless steel pot scrubbers, metal screen, and custom sheet metal
  • Update your non-perishable food storage system by transitioning to glass, stainless steel, and ceramic storage containers with resealable lids
  • Develop a household waste disposal system
  • Clean dining room and kitchen immediately following all meals

Do not hesitate to inquire about our free rodent management services. To ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck, we highly suggest requesting a free consultation. We will dispatch a licensed pest control technician to your home at your request.

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