Rat and Mouse Exterminator, Control, and Treatment in Lubbock & Amarillo TX

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About Rats and Mice

Most people consider mice and rats to be unacceptable in their homes. Mice are more common and cause more damage. Mice are capable of producing 6-10 litters in one year. The greatest economic impact from mice is not due to how much they eat, but what must be thrown out because of damage or contamination. Food, clothing, furniture, books and many other household items are contaminated by their droppings and urine, or damaged by their gnawing. Mice can gnaw through electrical wiring, causing fires and damage to household appliances.

Mice can transmit diseases, most notably salmonella when food is contaminated with infected rodent feces. Mice can squeeze through an opening as small as ¼ inch.

Rats consume and contaminate food, damage structures and property, and transmit parasites and diseases to other animals and humans. Rats live and thrive under a wide variety of climates and conditions; they are often found in and around homes and other buildings, farms, gardens, and open fields.

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. More dropping looks like black or brown grains of rice. Mice can leave up to 50 pellets per day around your home. Of course, the more mouse poop 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 signings inside the home.

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Mouse or Rat Entry

Rodents have a talent for finding the smallest entry and squeezing their way on into your home seeking food and shelter. Even a gap just a pencil width can allow a mouse entry.  Looks for common entry points such as cracks in the walls, vents, gaps around windows, holes in the roof, or through the chimney.

Rodent Treatment - 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 bait as much as they are by the entry hole. By studying the behavior and culture of the rodent, 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 we also set traps and baits strategically, and then set up times to come back on a regular schedule to check the traps and bait stations.

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Mice and Rat Behaviors & Risks

Mice and rats are nocturnes, sleeping during the day. While mice are timid around humans, rats can exhibit aggressive behavior when threatened. 

Mice are breeding machines. Mice breed year-round and a single female can produce five to 10 litters per year. At an average of six to eight babies per litter, a family of six mice can multiply into 60 in just three short months. 

Additionally, mice and rats can make you sick. Rodents carry and can spread diseases such as hantavirus, salmonellosis, and listeria through their urine, droppings, saliva, and nesting materials.  

In addition to multiplying fast, mice and rats are destructive to your home. They are gnawers, chewing on furniture, drywall, insulation, and electric wires.

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