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Professional Mice, Rat, And Rodent Pest Control Oklahoma City OK
Oklahoma City residents and businesses report hundreds, if not thousands of rodent sightings each year. Rodents are mammals that gnaw their way through walls, floors, and other structural components to infiltrate buildings. The squirrel, mouse, rat, porcupine, porcupine, and beaver make up the “Rodentia” order.
One of the most common indoor rodent sightings in Oklahoma City involves the deer mouse and house mouse. Both species are notorious for invading human habitats, gnawing through structural components, such as drywall, subfloors, studs, paneling, baseboards, floorboards, and hardwood flooring.
Most people cannot differentiate between the deer mouse and the house mouse. These individuals think all mice are the same species, which is understandable because they share many of the same physical characteristics.
The house mouse has a fine layer of grayish/brown or blackish/brown fur over its body. The nose is black and pointy, while the ears are large with rounded tips. The abdomen is white, gray, or buff in color. The fecal droppings are similar to a cooked granule of rice, but dark brown to black in color. The fecal droppings generate an odor that witnesses describe as being “foul.”
The deer mouse is dark brown or gray, with a white round abdomen. The tail is slightly longer than most other species of mice. The multi-colored\tail generally measures the same as the body and head combined. The eyes are black and the ears large, with rounded tips. The fecal droppings have a musty odor and replicate a cooked granule of rice, but dark brown to black in color.
Common Signs Of A Rodent Infestation
A rodent sighting is something most people never dream of happening. When it does happen, and it most likely happen at some point, you need to be fully prepared. Being prepared means you need to know there is a possibility of a rodent sighting. It also helps to know the signs of an infestation. Some species of rodents, including the house mouse and deer mouse, colonize, increasing the risk of an infestation.
- Fecal droppings along paths that lead from the nest to a food supply
- Nests constructed from yard debris, household waste, and other materials
- Damaged food packages on countertops and in pantries
- Gnaw marks on structural components and food packages
- Audible sounds like scurrying across the floor
Mice Fecal Dropping Physical Characteristics
Fecal droppings are similar among all rodent species. Depending on the size and species of rodent, fecal droppings can be small or large, dark brown or black, and the shape of rice granule or wood pellet.
Most mouse species colonize and infiltrate human habitats. In the human habitat, fecal droppings can be found along pathways, leading from a nest to a food supply. The droppings measure between 3 and 6 millimeters in length. It can be one dropping or a small pile of droppings. If the mice continue to travel the pathways and visit the food supply, the pile of fecal droppings will grow in size.
Why Is My Home Infested With Mice?
Mice infiltrate homes for several purposes – shelter, water, warmth, security, and food. The rodents locate openings that lead from the exterior to the interior of the property. If there are no accessible access points, the mice will make new one through floors, walls, and other structural components. Most mouse species only need a hole with a 1/4-inch diameter. Once inside the home, the rodents initiate searches for food, shelter, and water.
Do Mice And Rats Carry Diseases?
Yes, mice and rats do spread disease to humans through bites and contaminated fecal matter. Rat-borne diseases include Lassa fever, hemorrhagic fever, hantavirus, leptospirosis, plague, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, and rat-bite fever. Evidence also shows rodents spread parasites – ticks and fleas – to animals.
To keep the front teeth sharp and from growing too large, mice and rats need to constantly gnaw. A home infested with rats and rodents will begin to show signs over time. Gnaw marks on furniture, structural components, food packagings, electrical wiring, plumbing pipes, clothes, and children’s toys.
There are fire hazard risks involved in rats gnawing on electrical wiring. If the wiring is exposed in the least, the rodents risk electrocution. There is also a risk of an electrical fire, which is caused by the exposed electrical wiring making contact with flammable materials.
Unlike pest infestation, rodent infestation comes with many more risks:
- Contaminated food, food preparation surfaces, dining table, and urine
- Rat-borne illnesses – swine dysentery, salmonella, Shigella, and hantavirus
- Structural damage caused by constant gnawing
- Electrical fire hazard related to exposed wiring in attics, basements, and interior walls
What Is The Most Effective Rat Control Method?
Professional rodent control has been proven to be more effective than DIY rodent control. Our industrial-grade rodent bait is combined with an initial and post-treatment inspection. Depending on the severity of the infestation, the exterminator may opt to add adhesive traps to the treatment.
With the client’s help, we can create barriers throughout the impacted property to prevent further infiltration. If you would like to know more about our professional rat management services, do not hesitate to reach out to our Oklahoma City extermination company. We have multiple customer support contact options – landline, email, and social media.
We suggest rodenticide products with Bromethalin, Diphacinon, or Chlorophacinone base.
How Long Does It Take To Process A Rodent Inspection Request?
Our customer support team processes pest control service requests as they are submitted to our Oklahoma City office. We believe in a first-come-first-service service request protocol. We process each service request as it is received at all of our locations.
We highly suggest immediate action upon the detection of rodents in your home. Any delay could potentially interfere with your case, resulting in a higher overall cost due to a severer infestation.
Does Professional Rodent Management Utilize Harmful Chemicals?
Our rodent bait is available in various formulas – chemical-based, organic, eco-friendly, and natural. Our natural rodent bait utilizes natural chemicals, while our chemical-based utilizes toxic chemicals. We believe it is possible to eradicate rodents with chemical-based baits with little to no environmental risks. By following the manufacturer’s recommendations to a tee and only utilizing brands approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
EPA is a federal government agency responsible for the sale and production of rodenticide products in the United States. Consumers taking the DIY rodent management route should only consider EPA-approved rodenticide products.
How Can I Protect My Oklahoma City Property From A Future Rodent Infestation?
By rodent-proofing your home, it is possible to prevent a repeat infestation. Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it may seem because it means repairing and updating your home’s rodent barriers. Vulnerable structural components, such as air conditioner ducts, vents, and registers must be assessed thoroughly. The area underneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks is also vulnerable. Dryer vents and public utility passageways need to be addressed as well.
We also suggest pruning overgrown trees, shrubs, and flowers. Keep your grass cut to no taller than 2 inches to minimize ground-level humidity problems.
To rodent-proof your home’s pest barrier, metal sheeting cut-to-fit is a requirement. Smaller holes can successfully be filled with stainless steel or copper pot scrubbers. Metal is more effective than wood because rodents can gnaw right through it.
- Stuff 1/4-inch holes with stainless steel pot scrubbers
- Develop a household waste disposal routine to eliminate rodent food supply
- Develop a house cleaning routine, targeting pantries, trash bins, countertops, and kitchen cabinets
- Update from plastic and paperboard food packagings to BPA-free thick plastic food containers
- Clean up following meals
Our Oklahoma City extermination team is available to assist all local residents and businesses, facing mice, rats, and other rodent problems. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday and some weekends.