Rodent Proofing Throughout Southwest Florida
The best way to wipe out a rodent infestation for good is to get professional help. Pestwise has 1 primary location in West Florida: Pinellas County. This enables our experts to provide rodent prevention services across Clearwater areas quickly and effectively. If you think you have a rodent problem, just get in touch with our location right away!
Rising Rodent Problem
In the last few years Pestwise has noticed a significant rise in the number of rodent problems in West Florida. The reason for this is perhaps best explained by the two busy and destructive hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005. Not only did these storms disturb rodents living in palm trees and other harborages they provided easier access to homes and structures through the damage they caused.
Even if your home or building was fortunate enough not to suffer any damage, or has since been repaired, rats and mice can gain entry from openings as small as ½ inch and ¼ inch respectively. Some of the most common points of entry are through unsealed a/c lines, roof vents, plumbing pipes, garage vents, and adjoining roof areas among many others.
If you should have concerns about rats and mice entering your home or business Pestwise is now offering our customers a free inspection and evaluation of your structure to determine all potential points of entry.
The most common rodent problem in West Florida is with the roof rat. Slightly smaller and more slender than the Norway Rat, the roof rat is 6 ½ to 8 inches long and, including the tail, may be 13 to 18 inches in length (the tail is generally longer than the head and body).
The average weight is 6 to 12 ounces; roof rats vary in color from light gray or brownish-gray to black; they have large ears and an acute sense of smell to compensate for their poor, color-blind vision. Roof rats are able to gnaw through lead, wood, copper, aluminum, cinder block, and uncured concrete. Their droppings are about ½ inch in length and generally soft and dark in color. A single roof rat averages 30 to 50 droppings per day.
Although roof rats are omnivores, they prefer a diet of fruits, seeds, vegetables, and eggs. They are also partial to snails and slugs. A roof rat consumes ½ to 1 ounce of food daily and must drink up to 1 ounce of water daily, unless its food supply is high in moisture.
A thorough inspection by Pestwise is the first step in rodent control. Roof rats can be found in commercial and residential settings, especially in areas with poor sanitation or an ample food supply. Heavy landscaping or undeveloped fields are ideal habitats for roof rats. A key to inspection is to look for droppings and urine, rub marks, tracks, and nesting sites. Looking higher for roof rats is also very important as they are extremely nimble and can gain access from branches, vines, pipes, rafters, and ledges. They are often first heard at night, in the attic. They may have gained access from a number of different ways: through the roof vent or soffit vents with torn screening; through plumbing pipes, through the chimney, or from the a/c line that runs in from the outside to the attic. Roof rats can enter through an opening as small as a half inch and mice can enter through an opening as small as a quarter inch.
Properly placed snap traps, baited with food the rodents may already be feeding on, such as dog food, fruit, or peanut butter is an important control measure. Installation of tamper-proof bait stations along the perimeter of the building is another step to controlling the rodent population. Sanitation measures, including removal of food, water, and harborage is another important aspect of successful rodent control. Such measures include ensuring garbage cans and commercial dumpsters have tight fitting lids, removal of dense vegetation, and trimming back trees and shrubbery. Finally, excluding rodents from entering buildings by sealing off openings at screened vents, pipes leading into buildings, doorways, etc. is essential for complete rodent control.
Rodent Control FAQS
Professional exterminators will inspect your property for entryways, such as holes and cracks in your foundation, in windows and doors, screened vents, and pipes going into buildings. Sealing these openings is essential to prevent rodents from entering your home or business. There are many ways to...Continue Reading »
If you suspect you have a rodent infestation at your home or business, you can, as the first line of defense, place a few snap traps around the areas where you suspect rodents are frequenting. If this is successful, you will find rodents caught in these traps. This can be unpleasant and may not...Continue Reading »
In order to keep mice and rats away from your home or business, you need to make your property unattractive to rodents indoors and outdoors. Outdoors Make sure all entry points that mice and rats can squeeze through are sealed Declutter your property – eliminate leftover construction...Continue Reading »
Roof rats are the most common type of rodent in West Florida and although they are smaller than Norway rats, they still cause health threats to you and your loved ones, as well as destruction to your property. Roof rats get their name from the fact that they climb and can gain access to homes and...Continue Reading »
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