September 10, 2020

Montgomery's Complete Guide To Effective Rodent Control

Rodents are one of the most common household pests found around Montgomery, and they are also one of the most troublesome. While rodents might seem relatively harmless, they can do a ton of damage to your property and also pose many health risks.

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Mice and rats are both common in the area. However, it’s very unlikely to have infestations of both species at the same time. And, while mice and rats have some key differences, they are also very similar in both appearance and behaviors.

Here is an overview of how to tell the two species apart.

Mice: The most common mouse in the area is the house mouse. They grow up to four inches in length and can range in color from white to black but are generally a dusty gray with a cream belly. They have pointed noses and large ears which sets them apart from rats.

Rats: The most common rat in Montgomery is the Norway rat. Often known as the brown rat, they are brown or grey, have small eyes and ears, and grow to be upwards of nine inches. Their tails are shorter than their bodies and also have a scaly appearance.

Are Rodents Really That Dangerous?

Seeing as how many people keep rodents as pets, and many others find them rather cute, it might be easy to assume that they can’t really be that harmful. However, the truth is that they are one of the most dangerous pests you’re likely to deal with.

There are many reasons why mice and rats are dangerous to humans, including:

  • The fact that they can carry around 35 diseases including salmonella and hantavirus.
  • The reality that they carry parasites.
  • The likelihood of them causing allergic reactions and asthma attacks from their fur, droppings, and urine.
  • Their ability to cause respiratory issues as their feces builds up in walls.
  • That, while rare, they can and will bite if threatened or handled.
  • They can cause structural issues to pipes, wiring, and drywall that can also pose safety risks.

Because of these many reasons, a rodent infestation is no small concern, and keeping your home and family safe from these risks is vital.

Is It Easy To Get Rid of Rodents?

The other big problem with mice and rats is that they aren’t an easy pest to remove. It’s very difficult to do so on your own for a few reasons.

The first reason they are hard to remove is that they reproduce quickly making it hard to slow their spread. To illustrate their rates of reproduction, it's worth noting that one female mouse can have up to 144 pups each year. The second reason they are hard to remove is that they are able to fit through small holes and cracks. This makes it hard to keep new populations from coming inside and also allows them to hide in many places humans can’t reach.

While common do-it-yourself removal methods such as traps can help a little, they aren’t effective at getting an entire infestation and can usually only eliminate a few mice or rats.

Get Total Rodent Control

Because of the many health and safety risks that rodents pose to you and your family, getting reliable and effective rodent control is a must. The professionals at Bill Clark Pest Control are highly experienced and have been in business for over 60 years. We can remove current rodent infestations and also help prevent future ones. All you have to do to get started is to give us a call to schedule your free inspection.


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