Did you know that Washington D.C. is ranked among the worst US cities for rat and rodent problems?
When most people think of rodents, mice and rats come to mind. But rodents actually encompass 2,200 different species and make up more than 40 percent of all mammals. Examples include mice, rats, squirrels, capybaras, nutria, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and many more.
Rodents represent a serious threat to your home, family or business. Rats, mice, squirrels and other pests can cause damage by chewing through wood, wires, siding, phone and electrical wires, and many other building materials. They also represent a significant health and safety threat. Rodents can carry up to thirty-five diseases as well as allergies that threaten humans.
Rodents are a frequent problem even in the cleanest homes and buildings and are common in urban, suburban and rural areas. Rodent elimination is frequently done through traps as well as bait stations. More aggressive treatment plans may be needed for larger infestations.
Mice and rats will often find their way into your home or building through small cracks, vents and other crevices. Though rodent problems frequently occur during cooler months, when mice and rats seek out the warmer places to nest, rodent issues are common year-round as they seek out food sources.
Rodent removal can be difficult to eliminate. Our experienced professional pest management experts will identify nesting areas, potential food sources and help to completely eliminate them.
Species, threats and prevention strategies for rodents commonly found in the Washington, D.C. area include:
The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions. These rodents are light brown to black and typically about two inches in size. They breed throughout the year and prefer to live in structures.
House mice can cause major health threats. Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.
To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building.
The deer mouse rarely invades homes, and is found in rural areas. These rodents are brown with white feet and underbelly. They are round and five to eight inches long.
The deer mouse makes its home outdoors in sheltered areas such as hollow tree logs or piles of debris. On the rare occasions the deer mouse comes indoors, it prefers undisturbed areas such as attics.
The deer mouse transmits the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The disease can be transmitted through contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets of infected deer mice.
To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building. Use heavy gloves and protective breathing gear when working in an area populated by deer mice.
These rats are sometimes referred to as sewer rats, common rats or brown rats. They have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails, are gray, brown or black in color, and can grow to 12 inches in size. Rats are excellent climbers and often enter a home in the fall when outside food sources become scarce. Rats are often found in woodpiles. Rodents can gain entry to a home through a hole the size of a quarter.
Rats can chew through wiring, causing fires. They also spread numerous diseases.
Keep firewood stored well away from the structure. Remove debris piles. Seal any holes larger than 1/4 inch. Remove moisture and harborage sources.
Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. The are commonly found in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.
Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and urinate on food.
To prevent rats from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter. Remove sources of moisture.
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