What can fit through a dime-size hole, chew through almost anything and multiply incredibly quickly? If you answered rodents, you’d be right. Rodents create a major nuisance and a potential health hazard for homes and businesses.
Protecting your home against pests can be a difficult job without paying attention to what’s going on both inside and outside of your Lexington, KY home. Whenever you see one rodent, chances are there are more. While you can use traps or poison, effective rodent removal of an entire population takes the training of a professional exterminator.
Effective Mice and Rat Removal
What’s The Difference?
Rats and mice are the most common rodents we see in Lexington, Kentucky. The biggest difference is size, but there are a few other indicators to tell which type of rodent you’re dealing with.
Mice usually have large floppy ears, and even the biggest mouse is no bigger than 6 inches long. Rats, on the other hand, can be over a foot long and have even longer tails. Their hair is greasy, whereas a mouse is softer.
Early Warning Signs of a Rodent Problem:
Seeing (or hearing) something scurry across your floor is obviously a sure indicator you have a rodent problem. However, there are early warning signs to look for even before you notice scampering feet. Maintaining control means paying attention to early warning signs of rodents nearby.
First, check for droppings. Mouse droppings are small, less than a quarter of an inch long. Rat droppings will be larger. They may be shiny like putty, or hard and crumbly if they are older.
Second, look for small holes in walls or cupboards. Mice and rats can gnaw through almost anything, so check for tiny teeth marks. The distinct smell of urine or unusual behavior in your pets are also good signs to look for.
Why Are Rodents In My Home?
Just because you find rodents in your house doesn’t mean you’re a dirty person. Rodents make their way inside for food, warmth, and water. If you are experiencing extreme weather conditions or nearby construction, there’s a good chance a rodent family will start to seek shelter somewhere else. Because they can chew, weasel, and squeeze their way in almost anywhere, your walls, foundation, attic, or basement are all fair game.
Getting Rid of Rodents: Why It Matters
Rodents breed extremely fast. A small mouse problem can lead to an out-of-control infestation very quickly. It only takes two to cause a major problem, all within a few weeks.
Not only are rodents destructive, but they can also contaminate their surroundings and can spread a broad range of diseases. Rats and mice can carry Hantavirus, Hemorrhagic Fever, certain plagues, and more.
In addition to health hazards, dealing with rodents can be expensive. They can chew through cabinetry, carpets, and furniture with ease. Once they find the kitchen, these pests contaminate more food than they consume, which can cost the average Lexington, KY homeowner hundreds of dollars in groceries and pantry items (not to mention the cost to control and eliminate them in the first place).
How To Get Rid of Mice and Rats
The first step to rodent removal is identifying the enemy and how big their army is. Inspect your home inside and out, figure out what is getting inside and how they’re getting inside. Rodents are nocturnal, so you’ll need to use a flashlight and inspect dark spots rodents like to hide. Once you know the culprit, you can choose a control and treatment plan.
There are two main types of mouse traps: snap and glue. A classic snap trap is inexpensive and designed to quickly kill a rodent who gets caught in it. Glue traps are also a good option and don’t risk snapping fingers or paws if you have small children or other animals in the house.
Bait is easy to use and is a no-mess solution to eliminating mice. A poisonous bait block is placed at the entry point where mice are getting in the house. Once the rodent nibbles on the block, it will walk away and die within 1-2 days. One block of bait can kill up to 10 mice, making this is a cost-effective method to deal with a significant mouse problem.
The most effective and safest way to complete rodent removal is to call a professional exterminator. Our experts understand the different varieties of rodents, their patterns of activity, what’s bringing them inside your home, how to control them, and which treatment product to use for eliminating them. With experts on the job, you can simply sit back with peace of mind knowing it’s taken care of.
Moles are one of the few rodents that can actually help the environment. They naturally aerate the soil and eat harmful larvae in the ground. However, when moles find their way into your yard or garden, they quickly become one of the most frustrating pests. They destroy roots, tear up grass, and uproot plants. The only way to control your property and save it from extensive damage is to eliminate the moles as soon as possible.
What Does a Mole Look Like?
Moles typically have rounded, furry bodies with very small – almost inconspicuous – ears and eyes, and powerful limbs used for digging. Typically, you won’t see a mole above ground. Instead, you’ll see and feel the mole tunnels underneath the ground.
How Do I Know If I Have a Mole In My Yard?
Unfortunately, the nicer the yard, the higher the chance of having moles. This is because nicer yards typically have better soil that attracts moles. When you see a series of 3-5 rounded, raised ridges throughout the surface of your lawn, you likely have moles underground. When you notice tiny dirt volcanoes pop up (aka molehills), you know for sure you have moles.
Moles are actually not bad for the health of your yard and garden. They eat earthworms and other grubs that feed on the roots of grass and plants. However, while they are eating the smaller pests, they leave your yard looking like a racetrack. A typical mole can create 15-18 feet of tunnels per hour. That can ruin the average lawn pretty quickly.
How To Get Rid of Moles:
The good news is moles don’t live in communities, so most mole problems are due to a single rodent. The bad news is, controlling a single mole can still be extremely difficult.
For many who have a mole in the yard, their initial instinct is to apply an insecticide. While the insecticide may reduce the mole food, and therefore reduce the moles, it’s a temporary rodent removal solution at best. Over time, the problem will return.
Mole repellent, poisons, fumigants, and home treatment methods are less effective. The only sure way to get rid of a mole is to use a mole-specific trap that will kill or capture the animal. A professional exterminator has the right traps and knows how to strategically place them to catch your mole and eliminate the problem completely.
Why Rodents Hate Pest Control Pros
Realizing the destruction caused by rodents can be frustrating and exasperating. Dealing with moles from the outside or mice on the inside can wreak havoc on your home, property, pets, and family.
We understand how rodents live, work, and thrive. As experts on their habits, living, and biology, we use the most effective rodent removal methods for your specific problem. We cater our solutions to your situation to eliminate the pests and keep your home and family safe.
Contact our team today to rid your Lexington home of mice, rats, and moles.
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