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Rodent infestations are one of the most feared pest problems, and for good reason. Rats and mice can spread filth and diseases wherever they go, and can be destructive too. They can chew through wires, destroy insulation, and worse. Because rodents are more dangerous pests, it’s crucial to always work with professional rat and mice exterminators. At Specialized Pest Control & Lawn Care, our rodent exterminators will not only control any current infestations, but also prevent future rodent problems in your Salt Lake County area property.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mice & Rats
Rodents make up the largest group of mammals with over 1,500 rodent species. 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 are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night and not during the day. Certain types of rodents are tied to a number of dangerous diseases, which is why it’s important to keep them out of your home.
Here in Utah, we deal with several types of rodent pests. The most common ones are:
- House mice: They range in total size from 5-8 inches, including their tail. They have larger ears and their bodies can be light brown to black.
- Norway rats: These rats are relatively large. Adults measure 16 inches from their nose to the end of the tail, and weigh about 12 ounces.
- Deer mice: Named for the coloring of their fur (which resembles that of a deer), these mice are infamous for their ties to hantavirus.
Rats and mice have similar characteristics and habits but differ in many ways. Both mice and rats are omnivores. Rats will eat anything, and generally prefer meat, pet food, fish, and stored cheeses. Mice prefer grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. Rats have larger feet, a thick and hairless tail, and small ears. Mice, however, have larger ears and a long, thin tail.
Rats and mice have a rapid rate of reproduction, which is one of the reasons why an infestation can get bad quickly. Rats reach sexual maturity at just 3 or 4 months, meaning that a population can swell from two rats to around 1,250 in one year, with the potential to grow exponentially. Mice, on the other hand, can have up to 10 litters containing up to 14 pups in each.
Both rats and mice are smart creatures that can get inside your home easier than you want to believe. Their athletic nature allows them to squeeze through the tiniest cracks and take advantage of openings into your property. 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, garage doors, and chimneys.
To keep rodents away, rodent exclusion is the key. Here’s what to do:
- Seal gaps and holes around utility cables, outdoor vents or pipe work with steel wool or silicone-based caulk.
- Eliminate access to your home and remove the food and water resources that attract them.
- Pick up fallen fruit and debris in your yard, clean up around bird feeders, remove leaf litter and, and pick up pet waste promptly.
- Keep your home clean and free of clutter, and use tight fitting lids on trash bins.
Rodents aren’t just a nuisance in your home—they are dangerous as well. The main concerns about rat or mouse infestations are:
- Rats and mice can contaminate surfaces with their feces and urine.
- Certain rodents can carry a wide array of potentially dangerous diseases.
- A rat or mouse infestation can cause structural damage to your home with their nesting habits.
- Due to their nonstop chewing, rodents can gnaw through electric wires and create a fire hazard.
If you have a mouse or rat problem inside your property, you likely want it gone as soon as possible. Store-bought traps or products may be effective for a single rodent or two, but will not hold up against a bigger infestation. In addition to getting rid of the problem, a professional rodent exterminator can help prevent future infestations in your Utah or Idaho home.
Our Mice Control Process
The mouse exterminators at Specialized focus on long-term mice control. Our rat exterminators will:
- Conduct a property inspection to identify the source of the infestation and the rodent species
- Place rodent control products and treatments
- Seal entry points to prevent future invaders
- Create a detailed mice control report describing the treatment
- Provide you with prevention tips from our mice exterminators to avoid future infestations
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When To Use a Rat & Mouse Exterminator
Rodent control begins with proper rodent exclusion. Rodents invade homes and can be difficult to control when inside. Droppings from mice and rats may carry diseases that become airborne and cause very unsanitary conditions. The best way to control rodents is to prevent them from entering the house in the first place. That’s why our rodent exterminators always start with inspecting the home for entry points used by rodents. From there we use rodent trapping and other methods to keep you rodent-free.
Industry-Leading Rodent Exterminators
There’s a reason why we’re Northern Utah’s most trusted rat and mouse exterminators: our methods work! Not only can we solve any current infestation you’re dealing with, our mice exterminators can help prevent future problems. Whether you have rats in your garage or mice in the attic, the team at Specialized can help. Year-round, rodent-free living is our guarantee.
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