Having rodents in your home or business is upsetting in many ways and has negative impacts that extend far beyond the unease of having them running around your building.
Many people don’t realize that rodents can:
- Damage electrical systems by chewing through wires and put you at risk of fire. Some estimates say that exposed wiring caused by rodent chewing causes as many as ¼ of U.S. house fires.
- Damage plumbing pipes
- Spread diseases such as salmonella and leptospirosis
- Bring fleas, and ticks into your home or business
- Eat/destroy drywall and insulation
- Destroy personal property and belongings
- Contaminate food
- Die in your walls/attic, causing foul odors
- Leave droppings behind
- Create disturbing noises in your walls and attic
Regardless of their size, rodents are difficult to keep out of buildings: a mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime, and a rat can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter. Once inside they multiply quickly: one pair of rats will produce up to 1500 babies per year.
The Tri-County Approach
To effectively treat a rodent infestation, you need a professional who can properly identify the type of rodent(s) in your home or business and determine how they are entering the building. Tri-County Pest Control has the expertise to quickly and accurately identify what type of rodents are causing damage and assess the size of the population, then determine the areas through which they are entering the home. Our process focuses on three areas:
Rodent Control Methods
The professionals at Tri-County use the most up-to-date products and proven treatment methods to remove rodents from your home, business, or barn/storage facility. Our combination of live traps, glue boards, and baits have proven to be effective control measures. These methods do not inconvenience homeowners during the rodent control inspection and treatment.
Your Tri-County team will identify conditions that attract rodents in the first place and show you how to correct them. Details such as harborage sites, securing your trash receptacles and dumpsters to prevent rodent entry, removing tall grass and weeds near the home or building, and more frequent trash pickups can all reduce rodent attraction to your property.
Some facilities have a lot of entry points or structural deficiencies where rodents can freely enter. Although it may be nearly impossible to locate all entry points, there may be some rodent highways that have to be sealed up for adequate Rodent control. We will point out any areas we find where Rodents may be harborage or structural deficiencies. Some major areas we have listed below.
- Be sure that crawl space vents have screens
- Close gaps between the roof and wall soffits
- Ensure door seals and weather-stripping are tight especially crawl entrance doors
- Fill openings around pipes and other wall intrusions
- Protect exterior doors from chewing damage on the corners
Our team has the experience needed to pinpoint the areas where rodents are entering your home and will work with our clients to point out these areas for a pest free environment.
Mouse and Rodent Control FAQs
How do I know I have rodents?
There are many signs you can look for, including:
Traffic Patterns: Mice, rats, and other rodents will often run against baseboards along the outside edge of the room. If you have an unfinished basement, you may see dirt on the walls just beneath the joist since mice will swing themselves from one area to another.
Nesting debris: Finding insulation or other debris can be a sign that a rodent is nesting nearby.
Sounds in cabinets and walls: One of the most obvious and first signs of a rodent problem is scratching sounds or a pitter-patter sound coming from the walls or attic. When you hear it, pay attention to where it is coming from, this will help uncover where they are located and can help in getting rid of them.
Fecal matter & urine: Mice & rats have no control of their bowels or bladder and will leave fecal matter ALL OVER your home. One mouse can leave up to 20,000 dropping in a years time.
Food debris: rodents will chew their way into bags to gain access to the food inside. You may find holes in the bottom of dog food bags that have an obvious chewing pattern around it. Often their nesting area will be close to these areas.
What mice and rodents do we have in the Tupelo and North MS Area?
The following are the most common breeds we have experienced:
House Mouse: the house mouse is common throughout the United States. The female is sexually mature in 35 days and averages eight litters per year of approximately six mice each. Lifespan is approximately one year. They are good climbers, can jump down from 8 feet, and jump 12 inches high. A house mouse can easily squeeze through holes and gaps as small as ¼ inch. The major health risks associated with house mice are leptospirosis and salmonella contamination.
Brown Rat or Norway Rat: the Norway rat, also known as the brown rat, is sexually mature in two to five months. They are grayish-brown and are roughly 13 to 17 inches long from nose to end of the tail. Females produce 3 to 6 litters per year averaging 7 or 8 offspring. Lifespan is approximately 6 to 12 months. Rats are mostly nocturnal. Leptospirosis is a great concern with rat infestations; it is acquired by eating food and drinking water that is contaminated with the infected rat urine.
Roof Rat: the roof rat is sexually mature in 2 to 5 months. Females produce 4 to 6 litters a year, each averaging 6 to 8 young. Roof rats have large ears, longer tails than the Norway rat, and have different habits than the Norway rat. They are usually found high in a building, run along power lines, and can enter through ½ inch openings. Roof rats have made a comeback in their population the last few years in the Tupelo and surrounding area. Many residences will call us out thinking they have squirrels in their attic when it is roof rats.