Complete Rodent Prevention Guide For Residents In The Villages
December 15, 2021 - Rodents
Rodents are an ongoing source of problems for those in residential and commercial environments in The Villages. Among the most common types include Norway rats, roof rats, house mice, and others. These pests are known for carrying diseases and have overgrown front teeth (incisors) that prompt them to continuously chew on things, which often creates property damage.
How Rodents Gain Access Indoors
Mice and rats will infiltrate a structure in many ways, such as through cracks or holes that exist near the foundation. They will also enter utility line pass-throughs, gaps around the seals of windows and doors, and more. Roof rats are aptly named for their excellent climbing ability and are known for entering upper floors, including attic areas.
The Problems Rodents Can Create
Once indoors, rodents often invade cupboards and pantries, contaminating food and surfaces. Rodents carry tularemia, rat-bite fever and may introduce harmful parasites and other health risks. They also can create costly property damage by tearing through layers of insulation, contaminating drywall and other building materials with excrement, and could chew into electrical wiring and create fires.
Best Preventative Measures
Some of the best tips for preventing these pests include:
- Limiting access to food sources is critical; therefore, kitchen-area floors must be swept, counters wiped clean, and leftover food either placed in the refrigerator or durable sealed containers.
- Avoid leaving dirty dishes, or uneaten pet food bowls out overnight.
- Trash cans containing food scraps must have functional lids.
- Fill any cracks or openings near the foundation with sealant or caulk to prevent access.
- Keep clutter and debris away from the exterior and trim back tree branches, shrubs, and other vegetation types.
The Importance Of Seeking Assistance From A Professional Pest Controller
Many home and business owners will make well-intentioned attempts to eradicate rodents, including mice, rats, and squirrels, themselves by purchasing do-it-yourself treatment options from local stores or online retailers.
Some of the most commonly used products include traps, rodenticide baits, repellent sprays, and various others that are marketed using overhyped claims of effectiveness. Unfortunately, most of these options are ineffective against rodents that have become more deeply rooted within a property and simply result in prolonged frustration.
When you contact a licensed pest control professional, they will perform a detailed interior and exterior property inspection to identify the type(s) of pest, the extent of the intrusion, and the likely entry point. Next, we will propose a treatment option that is customized according to these critical details. During this visit, our specialists often will identify other existing property features or conditions that might make the premises susceptible to invasions from other pests.
Did you know that Bertram Pest Solutions has achieved certification in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which places the organization among the industry leaders that adhere to a comprehensive approach that emphasizes environmental compliance and preventative measures?
Licensed Provider Of Pest Extermination Solutions
In addition to rodents, the skilled technicians with Bertram Pest Solutions also have many years of experience assisting home and business owners in this region that are struggling with bed bugs, fire ants, cockroaches, and many other undesirable and potentially harmful pests. Part of our sustained success has resulted from ensuring that each and every customer receives superb customer service and benefits from our satisfaction guarantee.
As a local, family-owned service provider, Bertram Pest Solutions also remains committed to protecting our customers and the local ecosystem in part by deploying many of the latest “green” products and treatment methods. Keep in mind that our team is often available on short notice to respond to emergency situations. Contact us today for an onsite assessment and estimate to get started with our residential pest control or commercial pest management services.