The need for Rodent Control in DFW is on the rise for a multitude of reasons. As a booming area, new subdivisions are going up quickly. The development of new neighborhoods, as well as the tearing down and rebuilding of homes, can displace rodents… right from the former field behind your house into your attic. Mickey Mouse may be friendly, but real mice and rats pose a significant health risk to you and your family.
What Are The Signs That You Need Rodent Control?
The Smell – The first sign is often a smell, subtle but apparent. It’s musty with a tinge of urine. It’s also often difficult to determine the source and place of the smell. If you find yourself running around your house trying to find what’s creating an off smell, look out for other signs of rodents.
The Noise – Rodents are generally pretty quiet, however, they are more active in the evening and at night. If you hear scratching sounds or any high pitched squealing in the evenings, you may have rodents.
The Evidence – Rodents have notoriously leaky bladders and bowels. If you see urine trails or the more easily spotted excrement, you definitely have rodents. This sign of rodents is typically found in the kitchen, garage, patios/outdoor areas, window sills, and in the attic. If and when you do find rodent excrement, be sure to leave it be so that the exterminator can inspect it. However, if it is in an area where people and pets could make contact with it then take pictures and clean it up. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask.
The Interaction – If you have pets, there is a good chance they will eventually interact with any rodents in your home. If you have an indoor pet that presents you with a dead rodent, there are probably more lurking in your yard, behind your walls and/or in your attic. Also, keep an eye out for your pet doing any abnormal sniffing or chasing in a particular spot. More often than not your pet will know you have rodents before you do!
Eeek! I Have Rodents. What Now?
Once you realize you have a rodent problem there’s no need to get overwhelmed, jump on the furniture and hide under a blanket. It’s not the end of the world. At the same time don’t wait and hope that the problem goes away. Rodents do, after all, multiply often and quickly so don’t procrastinate. The first step is to perform an in-depth inspection. This will allow our pest control specialist to identify the specific rodent and locate the source of the problem. When it comes to rodent control, there are two courses of action that must be taken: extermination and entry prevention (exclusion).
To get rid of rats and mice you can’t ask them nicely to move. They must be properly exterminated and disposed of. Typically this is done with a poison baiting system and/or traps. Our licensed exterminator will inspect your home and work with you to decide on the best course of action. We take extreme consideration in where the stations and traps are to placed in order to avoid ANY interaction with children and pets. All Star Pest Control is extremely proud of the fact that we have NEVER had that issue arise.
Seal Entry Points
The second line of defense is to manage and seal any entry points. In our industry we refer to this as “exclusion”. This is can be difficult for a non-professional. Rats and mice are a little more slippery than you may realize. They can enter your home through openings that seem quite small. A professional exterminator knows what to look for and where. You may kill a couple rodents with baited traps, however, that won’t do much good if more can keep coming into your house. All entry points must be sealed to prevent further rodent infestations. It’s important to call out a pest control specialist to keep your home rodent-free.
Why Choose All Star Pest Control?
For all rodent control call All Star Pest Control for an inspection and estimate. Proper rodent management is an on-going process, not something that happens overnight. The All Star approach is one that covers every aspect of rodent management in order to keep your home or business free of rats and mice. Not all rodents are created equal. We will identify the source of your problem, create a customized plan to get rid of any rodents and keep them out. As a reputable pest control services company with history of maintaining strict safety standards, we stand behind our work. We provide year-round maintenance and keep an open line of communication to make sure that your home stays rodent free for good. If you think you have a problem with rodents, it’s important to get it taken care of as quickly as possible to prevent a full-blown infestation.