South Carolina is a hotbed for rat infestations—the Myrtle Beach area is consistently ranked in the top 20 most rat-infested cities in the country. Conventional wisdom states that if you see a rat, there’s half a dozen more you don’t see; given how fast rats can multiply, all it takes is a small crack in your siding or open trash can out back for your home or business to be completely infested.
Our team of rat and mice extermination experts understands how distressing a rodent infestation can be, which is why we work with you to prevent them in the first place. Bugs Out Pest Control is the rodent control company you can count on to keep you and your family safe from the dangers of rodents year-round.
Getting rid of rats from your property can be a difficult process. If you are experiencing problems with rats, contact the mice and rat exterminators at Active Pest Control today. Our mice exterminators can quickly, efficiently, and safely remove rats from your property, help to identify how they are entering, and prevent future problems with rodents from occurring.
Discovering a single mouse or rat in your garage or home can be distressing. Rodents breed at a rapid pace, making it important to act quickly. When you have a rat or mouse problem, it’s best to enlist the help of the experts at Bus Out Pest Control.
We will take the following steps to keep you rodent-free:
You’ll rarely find just one mouse or rat, which is why it’s important to enlist the help of a rodent control company. Mice are mature enough to breed at age 5-8 weeks. In one year, female mice typically have eight litters, with 4-7 pups per litter. Rats can breed at age 8-12 weeks and have 4-6 litters of 8-12 pups per litter. Rodents need a constant source of food, water, and shelter in order to thrive, and all it takes is a small gap in your siding or underneath a door for them to begin nesting on your property!
To determine the scope of your rodent problem and propose the most effective solution, the mice and rat exterminators at Bugs Out Pest Control will conduct a thorough interview with you and inspect your property for areas where rodents are likely to nest and thrive. Our specialists will search for signs of a rodent infestation, and select the proper tools and techniques necessary to exterminate rodents from your property without endangering your family, employees, or the environment. Once target areas are established, our rodent exterminator team will recommend the use of either rodent traps, baits, or a combination of the two.Contact us today to get started!
Rodents are gnawing mammals and are distinguished by their strong, constantly growing incisor teeth. Rodents use their powerful incisor teeth as chisel tools to gnaw through insulation, wood, walls and electrical wiring causing extensive damage to homes and structures. Common pest rodents include the house mice, deer mice, Norway rats, and roof rats. Rodents are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night and not during the day.
All rodents share a few common characteristics including: furry robust bodies, short legs, long tails and a pair of incisor teeth that never stop growing. Rodents use their strong teeth to gnaw through wood, aluminum siding, sheet rock, soft cement and to defend themselves. Most rodents tend to prefer eating plant foods like seeds, grains, and small fruit. However, mice and rats are omnivores, meaning their diet consists of plant and animal products.
House mice, Norway rats and roof rats are the three most common rodent species to invade homes. These rodent pests are commensal, which means “to share the table.” Rodent pests are commensal because they are generally found living in close association with humans and dependent upon the human habitat for food and shelter. Mice and rats inhabit homes, gardens, farms, food stores, apartments and commercial buildings.
While mice and rats share a few common characteristics, the major differences between them is their size and diet. The typical house mouse is 2-4” in length, as opposed to the Norway rat or roof rat, which can measure up to 9” in length. Both mice and rats are omnivores, but rats will eat anything, and generally prefer meat, pet food, fish, and stored cheeses. Mice prefer grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts.
Adult house mice range in total size from 5-8” in length, including their tail. Their ears are very large and distinct in comparison to their small, furry bodies. The house mouse is light brown to nearly black in color, with a slightly lighter belly. The tail of a house mouse is hairless and as long as the body and head combined. An adult house mouse weighs up to one ounce, although some mice may be heavier
Norway rats are large, robust rodents and the average adult measures 16” in total length from its snout to the end of its tail. Norway rats are generally grayish-brown to black or reddish-brown in color and the length of its tail is shorter than its body. The Norway rat’s tail is darker on top and more pale underneath. Norway rats can weigh between 7-18 ounces.
Adult roof rats, sometimes called black rats, are medium-sized rats weighing 8-12 ounces and measuring about 16” from nose to tip of the tail. Although the roof rat’s length is similar to the Norway rat, the roof rat’s tail is longer than the body and a key identifying characteristic. Roof rats tend to be more slender and sleeker than Norway rats and adults may be brown to entirely black in color.
When choosing nesting sites near homes, house mice will construct nests outdoors in ground burrows, barns and sheds, and will construct nests indoors in attics, wall voids, storage boxes, and under appliances. Norway rats construct burrows outside along foundations and gardens or may be found inside homes, in basements and crawl spaces. Excellent climbers, roof rats prefer to nest in trees, rooflines, block walls, attics, garages, sheds and in ceilings.
Rodents are exceptional climbers, using their athletic abilities to gain access to homes. Rats can leap more than 4 feet horizontally and will jump from overhanging trees to access roof lines and attics. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime and rats only need a gap the size of a quarter. Rodents enter homes using gaps around dryer vents, utility pipes, exterior doors and chimneys.
Rodents are known to spread more than 35 diseases, including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella. These diseases can be spread to humans directly by handling live or dead rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, and through rodent bites. Additionally, the droppings and urine of house mice and rats contain allergens that can trigger rhinitis in susceptible individuals.
Mice and rats gnaw through wood, aluminum, plastic pipes and sheetrock and can damage electrical wiring. Due to their gnawing damage, rodent infestations hold the potential for serious damage related to fires and explosions. Accounts of rodents starting fires by carrying matches to their hiding places, as well as causing short circuits through the gnawing of electrical wires have been widely reported. Chewed, exposed wires inside walls can spark, causing interior walls to catch fire.
Common signs of a rodent infestation include the actual sighting of live or dead rodents, droppings, gnaw marks, rub marks, gnawed fruit in trees, and scratching sounds at night. Look for gnaw marks on door corners, walls, and baseboards. Rat droppings are shiny black and ½ to ¾” long, and mice droppings are smaller with pointed ends. Burrows outdoors along foundation and walls or beneath debris or shrubbery are obvious signs of a Norway rat infestation.
Rodents enter homes for three reasons—shelter, warmth and food. Rats and mice are warm blooded and if they have access, will nest in attics, wall voids, garages and crawl spaces. Rodents are attracted to food sources like grains, nuts, meat, birdseed, pet food, garbage and anything salty or sweet. Dripping pipes and leaky faucets provide rodents with a water resource. Additionally, rats are attracted to compost piles and pet waste debris in yards.
Inspection, sanitation and exclusion are three steps homeowners can take to help eliminate a rodent infestation. Inspect your property for signs of rodents. Eliminate entry points by rodent-proofing your home. Snap traps, live traps and glue boards can be an easy and inexpensive way to get rid of rodents. However, if the rodent infestation is large, a pest management professional may be required to eliminate the infestation for good.
To deter rodents, eliminate access to your home and remove the food and water resources that attract them. Seal gaps and holes around utility cables, outdoor vents or pipe work with steel wool or silicone-based caulk. Keep your home clean and free of clutter, and use tight fitting lids on trash bins. Outdoors, pick up fallen fruit, clean up around bird feeders or use a “no-waste bird food”, remove leaf litter and and pick up pet waste.
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