Bradenton's Extreme Rodent Prevention Guide
In our service area, we have three rodents that commonly get into homes, not counting squirrels. Why do we leave squirrels off our list? Because they don't get into every part of a home. They are usually content to stay in attic spaces and go out of the home to find something to eat and something to drink. For this extreme rodent prevention guide, we're going to focus on the extreme home-invading rodents.
The humble house mouse is more at home in your home that it is in nature. While house mice come in many colors, they will typically be grayish-brown with a white underbelly.
These rats are often called common house rats because of their ability to permanently infest man-made structures. They gravitate to high areas, such as attic spaces and rafter voids. They are typically a black color with a light-colored underside.
Often called sewer rats, these rats prefer areas that are damp. They also prefer to create their shelters in burrows they dig underground. While they can infest your home, these brown-colored rats will usually go into a structure in search of food and go back out to their burrows when they're done exploring. If you see Norway rats on your property, be aware that there are likely to be many of them. They can live in close proximity to each other.
There are many ways to tell if rodents have entered your home. Often, the warning signs are connected to the problems they're causing. That is why the best rodent control is proactive rodent control. Here are some warning signs to look for:
- Thumping and bumping in walls
- Droppings littered about in attic spaces, cabinets, and storage areas
- A strong scent of urine
- Holes in door and window frames
- Holes in food packages
- Holes in baseboards or sheetrock
- Holes in stored furniture and cardboard boxes
Problems Rodents Cause
The list of rodent problems is long. We've boiled them down to the most important.
- Damage to the exterior that lets water and pests in
- Damage to belongings in storage areas
- Contamination due to feces and urine
- Contamination due to harmful bacteria and organisms on fur
- Introduction of ticks, fleas, and other parasites
- Damage to wires, which makes them a fire hazard
Seal Entry Points
While rodents can chew their way into your home, they'll usually target small entry points and make them bigger. Use a caulking gun to fill holes and seal gaps. Make sure your weatherstripping is in good condition. And use metal flashing to make vulnerable areas more resistant.
Reducing standing water, food sources, and options for harborage can help you reduce rodent activity around your home.
- Address conditions that allow water to collect near your home, such as obstructed gutter systems, damaged plumbing, broken sprinkler systems, etc.
- Protect or remove food sources such as birdseed, organic material in trash, garden vegetables, berries, and fruits.
- Remove unnecessary yard clutter and keep vegetation trimmed neatly. Rodents are skittish animals that prefer to explore areas that provide protection and cover.
For the greatest protection, trapping is required. This is best done by a licensed professional because a professional deploys tamper-resistant traps strategically and maintains the traps to ensure proper collection and disposal of rodents.
Rodent Control in Bradenton
If rodents are causing you trouble, reach out to Keller's Pest Control. Our team of licensed and certified pest professionals can help you protect your health and property. We provide the highest level of pest control and service in Bradenton and throughout our Greater Tampa service area.