Your home is supposed to be a place where you can relax and feel safe. If rodents get inside, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do either. Knowing that mice or rats live in your house is enough to take away your sense of relaxation, and since they pose very serious health and safety risks to humans, you won’t be safe in your house until they’re gone. Alta Pest Control’s rodent control services in Washington, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas are designed to take care of your rodent problem entirely.
Rodents Can Destroy Your Home & Spread Diseases
Rodents gravitate to human homes in search of food, warmth, and shelter. They need basic necessities to live, and finding those in your home is easier than finding them in nature. Rodents can smell the food in your home and sense it’s a warm and cozy place to take care of their offspring. They will make it their mission to get into your home. Rats, mice, and squirrels, to name a few, can do serious damage to your home when they are trying to get inside and once they’re in your home. Some rats like to burrow to make a nest, damaging your foundation in the process. Some rodents will chew through your roof to find a way into your home. If a rodent is accessing your home by any means besides the front door, it’s a good chance they’re destroying your house in the process.
Rodents Chew Through Everything
Rodents will chew through your home, typically an attic or basement, to get to your warm and comfy home. When they chew their way into your home, it’s usually because they want to build a nest. They will chew through the loose materials they need to build a nest. Most rodent nests are made of paper, cardboard, and other loose materials they can find around your home. If they can't find these materials, they will use anything they can find, from clothing to your photos and paintings. Rodents, like rats and mice, can do an immense amount of damage to your home, even your electrical wiring. If your wiring shows signs of damage from a rodent infestation, you will need to work quickly to solve the problem.
Rodents Eat & Contaminate Food Surfaces
An adult rat needs to eat the equivalent of 20% of its body weight in food daily, so it will work around the clock to find food and water in your home. Rodents have extremely sharp teeth that grow as they age, eat, and gnaw at things. Once they are in your home eating, nesting, and drinking, they will also need to urinate and defecate. They aren’t going to leave your home, which they worked hard to enter. So, they are going to spread their waste all over your home. These rodents scurry all over your home, spreading bacteria and germs from their waste. The odor from their waste also alerts other rodents, letting them know where to find food and shelter.
Rodents Spread Disease
As rodents eat and spread their waste all over your home, they also spread diseases all over your home. Common illnesses spread by rodents include tapeworms, salmonella, leptospirosis, hantavirus, and Lassa fever. These bacteria are dangerous and can make you and your pets ill. Your pets are particularly vulnerable because their food bowls are usually left open and close to spaces where rodents will be moving. When you clean your home and put your food away, it’s easy to forget about pet bowls left out in the open. Rodents have been known to eat pet food when they can’t access your food.
Rodents Can Bring Down the Value of Your Home
If you are planning to sell your home soon and you’ve found a rodent infestation or signs of a problem, you need to eliminate any rodents before putting your home on the market. Rodents chew through important home finishes and spread diseases throughout your home. If buyers are aware of a rodent problem, it could impact your ability to get an offer on your home. Signs of a rodent infestation will deter most buyers and lead to a lower sales price.
Our Rodent Control Process
We begin with a detailed inspection of both the exterior and interior of your home. The exterior inspection allows us to search for entry points to determine how the rodents are getting inside. The interior inspection lets us search for signs of rodent activity inside your house. Among other indications, this includes looking for droppings and rub marks. The interior inspection gives us a good idea of how bad your rodent infestation is and helps us decide on the best treatment methods.
We use two main treatment methods for rodent control - traps and bait stations. Depending on your situation, we may use one or the other or decide to use both. If we use traps, we’ll place them in locations not readily accessible to humans or pets. If you have a larger infestation, we prefer to use bait stations for population control.
Our service technician will return to your home between one week and one month after your initial treatment, depending on your particular rodent problem and the course of action we have taken for control. During your follow-up visit, we’ll reset traps, re-bait bait stations, remove any rodents we find, and reevaluate our treatment method, making changes as necessary.
Rodent Exclusion Work
We offer exclusion work for small entry points on the exterior of your building. If we find large entry points, we’ll recommend a company to fix these areas for you.
“I've used Alta for several years and they have helped our insect/rodent fight a great deal.”- Cathy T.
“The sugar ants are gone and no new holes from the rodents!”- Jill Pace
“Friendly knowledgeable on time and professional.”- Victoria Poncini
“We switched from another provider and I already feel so much confident that this service is being completed to its full expectations.”- Adam Garibaldi
“He was remarkably knowledgeable, courteous, patient, and took great effort to help us understand the issues we were facing.”- Eddie Gurriero
A rodent infestation does not lend itself to a peaceful and productive home or business. Instead of worrying about damage to your house and dangers to your family or customers, do something about it! Contact Alta Pest Control and ask for our effective rodent control services. We will work with you to eliminate your rodent problem so you can stop worrying and start enjoying your home or commercial property again. We service homes and businesses in areas of Washington, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.