Richardson Pest Solutions of St Louis can help with Rats & Mice!
Rats are some of the most destructive, dirty, and dangerous pests to have in or around your home. Since they are rodents, they must constantly chew or gnaw on hard materials to keep their teeth worn down. This can include almost any part of your home, including wood, metal or plastic pipes, siding, air conditioning ductwork, wiring, even concrete! Not only is it destructive, their affinity for wiring insulation can cause a fire hazard. They can breed up to 6 times in a year, producing 5-10 babies each time. Once they take up residence in your home, they can quickly multiply, increasing the damage and danger to you and your property.
Rats have very poor eyesight, and they adapt to this shortcoming by urinating and defecating almost constantly. They follow these trails of urine and droppings (also call pellets) to find their way around their environment, and in and out of your home or business. These droppings can create odor problems, as well as diseases, including salmonella, hantavirus, tularemia, and many others. Homes with a rat infestation will often require extensive repair and cleanup (disinfecting) in order to make them safe to live in.
There are two types of rats that typically cause problems in the United States. They are the Norway rat, which is also called the sewer rat or wharf rat. His cousin the Roof rat, also known as the black rat, is just as destructive, but tends to be a better climber than the Norway rat, as a result it is more often found in the attics of homes and businesses than the Norway rat. Although they are different species, they inflict the same types of damage and cause the same dangers to you, your family, and your property.
Control and extermination of rats involves a series of steps in many situations. The first step is removal, which usually means trapping all of the rats living in the structure. Rodenticides or poisons are usually not the best way to remove an infestation initially because they often cause you to have dead and decomposing animals in the structure of your home, which can lead to further contamination, terrible odors, and insect problems. A thorough inspection to identify entry points on your home will often reveal a need for exclusion to prevent reentry of rats once the initial removal is completed. Because rats can squeeze through very small openings, it is often impossible to fully 'ratproof' a structure. In many cases, we can implement a control program to prevent a reinfestation which will include retreatment if needed.
Don't think just because mice are small that they are any less destructive to your home and property. They can enter through even smaller openings, and they reproduce just as quickly. As a matter of fact, they are actually more prevalent than rats are across the country. There is literally nowhere that they are not found, and they have even been known to make their way into homes in the packing of furniture and appliances straight from the warehouse! Without professional treatment, there is no way to be fully protected from these little pests. They carry the same dangers and diseases that their larger cousins do, and can be even harder to detect and remove due to their small size and smaller range.
If you know or suspect your home may have rats or mice, don't wait! Call the pest control experts at Richardson Pest Solution of St Louis, we have a staff of Wildlife Removal Specialists who are fully licensed and insured. We are experts at the control and prevention of rodents in both residential and commercial areas.