Rats and mice are two of the common rodents that home owners have to deal with. As the leading mouse exterminator in San Jose and San Francisco, we at Planet Orange strive to educate our customers about rodents and the dangers of having them in the home. The following information will help you understand more about rats and mice, and how important it is to contact a mouse exterminator.
Mice will eat almost anything. Generally, they like to eat grains, seeds, or any material that is sweet tasting. They are small animals, measuring approximately 1-2 inches, excluding the tail. The house mouse will have a pointed nose, and large ears in comparison to the size of the head. Mice can multiply very rapidly, when an adequate supply of nutrition is available. They become sexually mature in 2 months, and can produce about 8 litters each year, with 5 or more pups in each litter. An adult mouse weighs about an ounce, and can eat about 10-15% of its own body weight each day. They are particularly active at night. They are extremely mobile, being able to run up vertical surfaces and jump more than 12 inches from the floor to a raised surface.
A mouse can fit through any opening that is larger than 0.25 inches. This means that your home should be checked for entry points. Also, appropriate exclusion work should be performed to ensure that the home remains off-limits to mice.
There are various ways to eliminate mice. Some common methods include snap traps, bait stations, glue traps, and poison. For complete rodent control in San Jose, most progressive pest control companies have ceased the use of poisons, and instead focus on humane tactics. These can include using snap traps to reduce poison usage and ensure a clean kill. Such tactics eliminate the possibility of a dead animal finding its way to an inaccessible area of the property, and causing potential odor and disease problems for the residents. A professional pest control company is the best way to handle rodent problems, as there is a lot of expertise required to know the animal’s habits. With a good technician, a rodent problem can be resolved more quickly and more conclusively.
Mice can be dangerous to humans, as they can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. One primary concern is the Hantavirus, which is a dangerous threat to humans. Another major potential issue is Salmonellosis, which is transmitted by the mice, as they feed in food storage areas. This disease can be transmitted to humans, if they unknowingly eat feces-infected food.
Rats are extremely smart and sense dangerous situations, which makes them difficult to locate and eradicate. They often manage to invade inaccessible areas of a home, like the insides of walls, attics, and the bottom of porches.
Rats can often be heard moving around and "scratching" surfaces, which is often how homeowners realize their presence. In addition, their fecal matter is often found in garages, in attics, and beneath homes. This makes them particularly difficult pests to eliminate. Planet Orange’s mouse exterminators have a lot of experience with their behavior, and use distinct methods to deal with specific infestations.
There are various ways to eliminate rats. Some common methods include snap traps, bait stations, glue traps and poison. Most progressive pest control companies have ceased the use of poisons, and instead focus on humane tactics. These can include using snap traps to reduce poison usage and ensure a clean kill. Such tactics eliminate the possibility of a dead animal finding its way to an inaccessible area of the property, and causing potential odor and disease problems for the residents. As a leader in rodent control in San Jose, we have the knowledge and expertise, to understand the animal’s habits and why it is important to get rid of rats, and handle different types of rodent problems. With a good technician from Planet Orange, a rodent problem can be resolved quickly and conclusively.
Rats can squeeze into almost any gap, so it is important to ensure that your home is protected by filling any cracks or gaps. This includes exterior vents, loose doors or windows, gaps in the roof, and eaves of a structure.
If you would like further guidance on mice, rats, or rodents in general, we at Planet Orange can provide a pest control inspection conducted by one of our licensed experts. Please get in touch by filling out the form on the right side of the web page.