Rat and Mice Control in Brookings OR
The most common rodents that homeowners face infestation by are rats and mice. This can be attributed to the fact that both of these pests have highly-adept survival instincts and know how to stay out of sight, this makes them hard to find and control. In addition, mice and rats are considered rapid breeders, which means that their population grows quickly through constant reproduction. As they are building their nests, trying to keep up with the growing population they will chew and gnaw on anything that they can get ahold of making them extremely destructive. In fact, two mates can create more than 200 offspring during a 4-month time period. With this many rodents burrowing, chewing, and gnawing it doesn’t take long for the structure of your home to become compromised.
The outstanding and experienced specialists at A-One Pest Control couple over 30 years of experience with cutting-edge training to provide Eugene residents and business owners with exceptional rodents nest locating and removal. Every member of our team is dedicated to providing the best and safest rodent nest removal procedures to make sure we are protected, as well as you and the members of your family. We never advise trying to remove rats and mice from your home without help from a professional. These rodents carry a wide variety of dangerous viruses and bacteria, which they can contaminate your home with via their feces, saliva, and urine. To ensure that the infestation is completely eradicated and your home is returned to a safe and clean state, it is always best to hire the professionals at A-One Pest Control.
What Are The Differences Between Rats and Mice?
While mice and rats are both rodents, there are some obvious differences between the two, namely their size. At their largest, mice are only ½ the size of rats, a rat can be 40 cm long. This is one of the obvious differences as their color can be very similar. Other differences, that are much more subtle, are their tails and their snouts. A rat’s tail is hairless, whereas mice have a hairy tail. And, a rat has a blunt snub-nosed snout, but, a mouse has a long and triangular snout.
What Are Signs of a Rat Infestation?
Not only are rats big, but their nesting behavior is very destructive. They chew on everything and that can quickly lead to a significant amount of structural damage to your home. While they prefer their activities to be done in the cover of night, if the colony gets too big for the nest some of the more dominate rats will push the weaker ones out into the open giving you a chance to see them during the daytime. Unfortunately, seeing a rat during the daytime hours typically means that there is a mature and healthy infestation nearby. Another sign that you have a rat infestation is the presence of grease smears on the walls and floor, along with rat droppings.
What Are Signs of a Mouse Infestation?
Signs of a mouse infestation are similar in that you will probably notice their droppings. However, it is more likely that you will see mice during the daytime scurrying along the floorboards of your walls. Also, mice like to chew in anything they can while they are making their nests, so you will probably notice piles of shavings and debris from anything they have been chewing on.
How Are Mouse and Rat Infestations Treated?
Once a rat or mouse colony has infested your home it is very difficult to remove them unless you enlist the help of a professional pest control technician. The team at A-One Pest Control our team of experts combines the most current training with more than 30 years of experience identifying and eradicating rodent nests. It is especially important to hire a professional when trying to rid an infestation of mice or rats because to the untrained eye, entry points may not seem accessible. However, a 40 cm rat can adjust his body to slide through an opening that is no bigger than the size of a quarter. The professionals at A-One Pest Control can expertly identify all of these gaps and cracks and address them to reduce the chances of a re-infestation. Any gaps or holes that are the size of or smaller than a pen cap must be blocked and filled using cement. Any material such as wood or plastic should not be used because mice and rats will chew through these.