Rat and Mouse Exterminator, Control, and Treatment in Lubbock TX
Most people consider mice and rats unacceptable in their homes, and rightfully so. Beyond their gross appearance, these rodents pose serious health issues and can cause extensive damage to your home or business. At Bug Tech, we understand the urgency of rodent infestations and have the expertise to tackle these problems effectively. Trust us to safeguard your home or business from rodent infestation.
About Rats and Mice
The terms "rat" and "mouse" might seem similar to most people, but what matters most is getting rid of these pests from homes and businesses. At Bug Tech, our professional exterminators understand the difference between the two and know the most effective ways to deal with them.
Though mice are smaller than rats in size, they can still cause sizable damage. Mice are more commonly found in indoor spaces than rats, presenting a significant concern for homeowners. Mice can transmit diseases, most notably salmonella, when food is contaminated with infected rodent feces.
In addition to health concerns, mice can cause expensive damage to your home. To effectively clean up a mouse infestation, food, clothing, furniture, books, and many other household items contaminated by their droppings and urine must be thrown away. Additionally, mice can gnaw through electrical wiring, causing fires and damage to household appliances. These little creatures come with a big price tag.
Having anywhere from 6 to 10 litters a year, a single mouse can turn into an out-of-control infestation if not treated by pest control professionals.
Although less common indoors than mice, rats still pose a substantial threat to both your homes and businesses. These vermin not only devour and taint food but also inflict structural harm and serve as carriers of parasites and diseases that can affect both animals and humans. Thriving in diverse climates and environments, rats frequently inhabit areas in close proximity to homes, including farms, gardens, and open fields. If you've detected a rat near your outdoor garbage cans or dumpsters, it's essential to address this intrusion promptly and effectively.
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Identifying a Rodent Problem
How do you know if you have a mouse or rat problem in your home? The most obvious sign is animal droppings. Droppings look like black or brown grains of rice. Mice can leave up to 50 pellets per day around your home. Of course, the more mouse droppings you spot, the more mice may be traipsing through your home. Other signs you may have a rodent issue are gnawed plastic or furniture, scratching in the walls or attic, or obviously mouse sightings inside your home.
Mouse or Rat Entry
Rodents have a remarkable knack for discovering even the tiniest openings, making their way into your home in search of food and shelter. Surprisingly, a gap as narrow as the width of a pencil can grant access to a mouse. Be vigilant in identifying common entry points, such as cracks in the walls, vents, gaps around windows, roof holes, crawl spaces, or even through the chimney. Mice are so good at infiltration that they can slip through openings as small as ¼ inch. To deter their entry effectively, some people find success using wire mesh or steel wool to create a barrier against their entry.
DIY Rodent Control and Their Potential Effectiveness
When you first see a rat or mouse in your home, you want it gone fast. In an effort to quickly rid homes of these pests, many homeowners try DIY rodent control. This often includes:
- Snap traps, like the ones you see in cartoons, are designed to swiftly capture rodents. These traps work by luring rodents with bait, typically peanut butter or cheese, placed on the trigger. When the rodent touches the bait, it releases the spring-loaded bar, snapping shut and swiftly capturing the mouse or rat, often resulting in instant elimination. Though this kills the rodent, many homeowners do not want to deal with the disposal of the dead mouse itself.
- Glue traps are adhesive-based devices used to catch rodents. These traps consist of a flat board or tray coated with a sticky adhesive substance that ensnares rodents when they come into contact with it.
- Some homeowners resort to sprinkling cayenne pepper around potential entry points, as rodents dislike its pungent odor.
- Electric traps claim to offer a humane and efficient way to catch rodents. These devices can be somewhat effective in capturing mice, but their success depends on proper placement and maintenance.
- Live traps are considered a more humane approach, allowing you to capture the rodents alive and release them outside. While this method may seem compassionate, it doesn't address the root of the mouse problem and may simply relocate the mouse population.
In conclusion, while some of these DIY treatments may provide temporary relief from a mouse or rat infestation, they often fall short in achieving complete eradication. Rodents are resourceful creatures, and their numbers can quickly rebound if not thoroughly addressed. To ensure a lasting solution, it is best to seek the expertise of a professional pest control service.
Rooting Out Pest Problems: Bug Tech's Expert Approach
Discovering the root of a mouse or rat problem is crucial for effective pest control. At Bug Tech, our professional pest managers excel at pinpointing the source of infestations. We understand that merely addressing the surface issue is not enough; instead, we delve into the underlying causes to provide comprehensive solutions.
Our experts conduct meticulous inspections to identify entry points, nesting areas, and attractants for mice. After a through inspection, we employ professional-grade materials to seal off entry points, preventing mice from gaining access to your property. Lastly, we strategically bait and trap the rodents.
How Bug Tech Treats Rodent Infestations - Bait Stations
Bug Tech treats a rodent problem inside and outside of your home. We begin by placing special bait stations around the exterior perimeter of your home or office building. The first goal is to capture the animal before they make their way inside.
Interestingly, mice and rats are not attracted to the bait station by the food source as much as they are by the entry hole. By studying the behavior and culture of rodents, we know that mice and rats like to hide in small, dark places, so they actually seek out the bait station and don’t hesitate to enter. Once the rodent eats the bait, it becomes dehydrated and seeks water. This draws the dying animal away from your home.
If you have mice inside the home, Bug Tech technicians will set traps and bait strategically and then set up times to come back on a regular schedule to check the traps and bait stations. You can contribute to rodent prevention by managing food sources, which includes ensuring that pet food is sealed in airtight containers.
Bug Tech: Your Trusted Partner in Rodent Extermination
When it comes to addressing rodent infestations, swift and effective action is paramount. Don't let these troublesome pests compromise your home's safety and well-being. Bug Tech, your trusted pest control company, is here to provide professional rodent removal and control services. Our team of experts is committed to safeguarding your home and ensuring your peace of mind. Contact us today for a free inspection and experience our exceptional customer service. Let Bug Tech be your partner in creating the rodent-free environment that you and your family deserve. Don't wait; call us now to take the first step towards a pest-free home.