When it comes to rodents, you will likely only ever have an infestation of rats or mice but never both at the same time. While every rodent species has different habits, none of them are acceptable on any residential property. Rodents are dangerous and destructive, and their presence should not be taken lightly. The following are three common rodent species you might encounter in Columbus:
- House mice are the most common home-invading rodent in the United States. They are a small species, growing between two to four inches long with a two to four-inch tail. Their fur is grayish-brown to blackish. These mice might even be considered cute with their pointed nose and small round ears, but that doesn’t make them less dangerous inside a home.
- Although they are a heavy species, Norway rats are known to be excellent swimmers and located around bodies of water. They grow between seven to nine inches long with a six to eight-inch long bi-colored tail. They are covered in shaggy brown fur and have a blunt once, small ears, and small eyes.
- Roof rats, on the other hand, are slender and more agile than Norway rats. They are excellent climbers, which is where their name comes from. This species has a pointed nose, large ears, large eyes, and dark brown to black fur.
As already stated, all of these species cause damage to homes, chewing away at the materials that make up the structure, such as wood, plaster, and insulation. They are also known to damage personal belongings like books, furniture, and rugs. As far as health risks go, rodents spread many diseases, contaminate food, cause allergies, and spread parasites.
No one wants to deal with rodents in their Columbus home, which is why as a resident, you should know what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to rodent control.
Neither rats nor mice are easy to eliminate for several reasons, including:
- Rodents are prolific breeders.
- They can chew through almost anything, which gives them access to food and into structures.
- They can slip through the tiniest of holes the size of dimes for mice and pennies for rats.
- Rodents are fast, which makes it hard to catch them.
- In general, rodents tend to avoid people and are good at hiding.
Why DIY Rodent Control Fails
All the over-the-counter (OTC) products that are available that are marketed to eliminate rodents give people a false sense of confidence when attempting to solve the infestation on their own.
Using store-bought baits and traps can be dangerous if you don’t know how to handle them. Plus, these methods are only effective in getting rid of a handful of these critters and not the entire infestation.
All-in-all, DIY rodent control often fails and is too dangerous for the average person to handle. Removing droppings and urine alone is a difficult task, which should you should leave to the experts.
Dealing With A Rodent Infestation
The most effective and safest way to deal with rodent infestations is with professional assistance. Any form of DIY rodent control can be dangerous if you don’t correctly use baits and set traps. So instead of wasting time, money, and effort, call Pestmaster® Services for help with rodents on your Columbus property. Our rodent control plan includes:
- Detailed inspection and monitoring
- Exclusion methods
- Necessary habitat modifications
- Baiting programs
Our experts are on hand to guide the treatment methods that are best for your home and property, so contact us today at Pestmaster® Services to learn more.