Rats and mice are part of the rodent family and account for the most common and feared pest problem around the world. They are primarily nocturnal and while they have poor eyesight, they make up for it with exceptional hearing and rely almost entirely on their sense of smell to find food sources, shelter, and avoid predators. These small rodents commonly enter our homes, offices, restaurants, and other areas that can cause damage to structures, crops, and health risks to humans or pets. Rats and mice are generalists and feed on a wide variety of food sources. This wide range of foods includes seeds, fruit, stems, leaves, fungi, and various vertebrates and invertebrates. Rats and mice are not completely arboreal but will commonly spend much of their life off the ground in trees, shrubs, power lines, fences, rooftops, and attics. Rats reproduce quickly with most species having a gestation period of only a few weeks. With around a dozen young per liter and the ability to reproduce rapidly throughout the year, rodent populations can grow exponentially in a very short time frame.
Rats and mice leave behind urine and feces everywhere they travel which not only creates unsanitary conditions and major health risks, but it also creates rodent highways for other rats to follow. Rats and mice travel using their sense of smell. The scent trails left behind by other rats and mice are commonly traveled by new populations as they search for food, water, and shelter. Therefore, once you have had rodents in your home or office, you are always going to have rodents again, it is just a matter of when. The feces and urine left behind also creates significant health risk as these particles become dry they become airborne. Ingestion of these particulates can cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in humans and is a lethal threat in the United States. Rodents are also commonly known to carry and transmit multiple bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic pathogens than can cause Hemorrhagic Fever, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, Tularemia, and even various plagues that have occurred throughout history due to the spread of rodents and the fleas that they carry.
Consistent gnawing of rats and mice along with their corrosive droppings cause millions of dollars in property damage annually in the US. Rodents are the leading cause of electrical fires in homes and businesses. Rodents also contaminate and trample the insulation in your home which decreases your homes utility efficiency. If you are experiencing issues with rats and mice, contact Wildernex to provide rat trapping or mouse trapping along with other long term rodent control options such as exclusion repairs, clean up and disinfectant treatments, insulation replacement, and rodent baiting services to prevent future rodent issues and protect you and your home or office.