Rodents

  • Seeing mouse droppings, torn open bags of food or seeds, or burrows built from insulation may be a sign that there is a mouse taking up residence in your home.
  • Rich’s Pest Control treats mice in the home using tradional snap traps, coupled with exterior bait boxes to prevent future unwanted guests from entering your home.
  • It is almost impossible to “mouse-proof” any home or building as mice can fit through an opening the size of a dime.  Utilizing our bait boxes around the outside of your home is the most effective way to control and prevent rodents concerns.

Rodent Control

The last thing anyone wants to see when they open their kitchen cabinet or walk into their basement is mice droppings.  Not only does it mean there’s a mouse in the house, but wherever they go, they leave those gross little presents all over.  Each mouse can leave 40-100 droppings per day and they also spread droplets of urine as they walk to mark their territory.  Not only are they unsanitary, but mice and rats can spread over 200 human pathogens.  One little mouse may appear  cute, but don’t let them fool you.  One female mouse can have as many as 150 offspring in one year!  Mice will eat just about anything, but their favorite is that bag of grass seed in the garage, the half empty bag of bird seed, or the assortment of nuts in your pantry.  They can travel through gaps as small as a dime.  If their head can fit through the space, the rest of their body can fit with the way their ribcage can collapse almost completely flat.

Mice can enter your home in multiple ways including:

  • Utility lines
  • HVAC lines
  • Failed garage door seals
  • Window Frames
  • Roofing
  • Foundation gaps

Sealing up any possible entry points is a great place to start, but it’s not always a guarantee.  One mouse could simply sneak in when your garage door is open and then the process starts again.  Using exterior bait boxes to control their presence around your home is the most effective way to be proactive against a rodent concern.  We inspect and refill the bait boxes approximately every 8 weeks.  Each time we do, we inspect the outside of your house for possible entry points.  If there’s a gap we can seal, we do it.  If it’s something that’s beyond our repair, we will make recommendations based on what we find.

Once mice are in your home, they’ll make their own home wherever they can find it.  They’ll live in boxes in the basement, inside insulation in the attic, in ceilings and wall voids, or under kitchen cabinets.  WIth all of the electrical wiring and plumbing run through the walls, they have their own highways to travel wherever they would like to go.   It’s estimated that mice and rats account for 20% of all undetermined house fires in the U.S. each year!  Mice will chew on wiring insulation, exposing electrical wires inside walls or attics.

We have a straightforward and simple approach to erradicating exsiting mice AND preventing future mice from taking up residence in your home:

  • Snap traps are set inside the home where activity has been noticed.
  • Place bait bags in the attic for mice that aren’t entering any other area of the house and are only using your attic as a nesting place.
  • Seal up obvious entry points along the exterior of the home.
  • Install bait boxes around the perimeter of the house that will be inspected for activity and refilled approximately every 8 weeks.

Once the mice are out of the residence, the bait boxes are extremely effective.  Mice, like any other creature, are going to go for the path of least resistance.  When they catch the scent of the bait in the bait boxes, they simply can’t resist.  They’ll never have a chance to set up shop in your home again since they’d rather take the easy to find food, rather than have to work really hard at getting to the food inside your home.

Solutions

We believe in being proactive, especially when it comes to rodents.  Even if you’re not currently experiencing a mouse concern, let us help you keep it that way and save you time, aggravation, and money by preventing them.  Most of us will have at least one experience with a mouse getting in the house at one point or another, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  If you are currently experiencing a rodent concern, let us help you resolve it.  Once we get the situation inside your home taken care of, we can provide continuous service outside using our bait boxes to prevent any future incidents.  When you’re on our Rodent Control Plan, we warranty your home year-round.  This means if one manages to sneak past our defenses and get inside, there is no additional charge for us to trap them and remove them from your home.