No one wants a rat or mouse infestation in their home or business. Not only do rodents spread filth and disease, they can also be destructive with their chewing and nesting habits. When it comes to getting rid of rodents, you’re going to need the help of rats & mice exterminators. DIY methods and traps will only get you so far, and rarely help to control rodents in the long run. At Batzner Pest Control, we know how distressing rodent infestations are. Our rodent exterminators are proud to provide Wisconsin with quick, effective, and long-lasting mice control services.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents
Rodents are gnawing mammals distinguished by their ever-growing incisor teeth. These characteristic teeth are used as chisel tools to gnaw through insulation, wood, walls and electrical wiring. This can cause extensive damage to homes and structures. Rats, mice, squirrels, beavers, and capybaras all classify as rodents. They are nocturnal, meaning they are completely active at night and sleep during the day.
Most rodents tend to prefer eating plant foods like seeds, grains, and small fruit. However, mice and rats are omnivores, meaning their diet consists of plant and animal products. When inside your home, rodents may consume pet food, sugary products, and other dried goods in your cupboards.
House mice, Norway rats and roof rats are the three most common rodent species to infest and live inside of homes. The rodents that live in your home are considered commensal because they are generally found living in close association with humans and are dependent upon the human habitat for food and shelter. Mice and rats don’t just inhabit homes, but also gardens, farms, food stores, apartments and commercial buildings.
Rodents are known for their athleticism and ability to get inside through tiny openings. Rats and mice are excellent climbers and rats can jump from overhanging trees to access roof lines and attics. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime and rats only need a gap the size of a quarter. For the most part, rodents enter homes using gaps around dryer vents, utility pipes, exterior doors, chimneys, and garage doors.
Many people confuse rats and mice. Here’s how to tell them apart:
- The typical house mouse is 2-4 inches in length, as opposed to most rats, which can measure up to 9 inches long.
- Rats have larger feet, a thick and hairless tail, and small ears.
- Mice, on the other hand, have larger ears and a long thin tail covered with hairs.
- Mice breed more rapidly and defecate more frequently.
Rodents are known to spread more than 35 diseases, including hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), tularemia, and salmonella. These diseases can be spread to humans directly by handling live or dead rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, and through rodent bites. Additionally, the droppings and urine of house mice and rats contain allergens that can trigger rhinitis in individuals who are more susceptible.
Like most pests, rodents enter homes for food, warmth, and shelter. Rodents will eat anything and are especially attracted to food sources like grains, meat, birdseed, pet food, and garbage debris. Leaky faucets and dripping pipes provide rodents the water needed for survival. Compost piles and pet waste debris in yards are another food source and very attractive to rodents. Once indoors, they will be attracted to dark, secluded areas.
There are several ways you can deter rodents from your home. The best rodent prevention tips include:
- Eliminate access to your home and remove the food and water resources that attract them.
- Seal gaps and holes around utility cables, outdoor vents or pipe work with steel wool or silicone-based caulk.
- Keep your home clean and free of clutter, and use tight fitting lids on trash bins.
- Outdoors, pick up fallen fruit, clean up around bird feeders, remove leaf litter and and pick up pet waste.
Our Rats & Mice Control Process
No one wants rodents running rampant in their property, which is why the rodent exterminators at Batzner Pest Control focus on long-term mice control. Whether you have rats in your attic or mice in your kitchen, our team is here to help. Our rat exterminators will take the following measures to keep you rodent-free:
- A thorough property inspection to identify the source of the infestation and the rodent species
- Placement or application of rodent control products and treatments
- Proper sealing of entry points to control sources of the infestation
- A detailed mice control report describing the treatment
- Prevention tips from our mice exterminators to avoid future infestations
Local Expert Rodent Exterminators
Rodent problems can cause a lot of structural damage, and they also spread mess and disease. As soon as you notice the signs of rats or mice in your property, it’s time to call the rodent exterminators at Batzner. Our team will work with you to come up with a rodent control plan suited to the unique needs of your property.
We have been Wisconsin’s leader in mouse control for over 70 years and can be trusted to prevent future rodent infestations from starting.