Why do we go through the hassle of purchasing and maintaining a house? One reason is that we like to escape from the office; we want a place to shut the door and close off the outside world. Because our homes are a refuge, intruders are not welcome! Whether the invader is a person or a pest, we don't want them in our house. So, when we see or hear evidence that something is sharing our home with us, we want them out ASAP!
If you think intruders are in your walls or underneath the home, you need the Nassau County pest control team from Parkway Pest Services. We are a local family-owned company that has removed rodents and other pests from homes since 1932. As a leader in the pest control industry for eight decades, we have the tools, experience, and knowledge to safely and effectively rid your house of rats, mice, and other rodents. We have written this article to help you understand the signs and dangers of rodents in your Nassau County house and what you can do to get your home free of intruders.
How To Identify Common Types Of Rodents
Rodents are animals that constantly gnaw to keep two pairs of growing incisor teeth trimmed and sharp. Some rodents, like voles, moles, shrews, and chipmunks, live in the ground around homes inside burrows. These rodents may damage the property around Nassau County houses, but the types of rodents causing the most issues in our area homes are rats and mice. Unlike other rodents, rats and mice are domesticated mammals meaning they are comfortable being in the same space as humans and many times come to rely on us for food, water, and shelter.
Trails or tunnels in the yard are signs of moles, voles, and other ground-dwelling rodents, but the indicators for rats and mice are different. Because these furry creatures are nocturnal rodents, you may not always see them running across the floor, but that does not mean they don't leave signs behind. To determine if you have rats or mice in your Nassau County home, investigate your home for the following evidence:
- Droppings: Perhaps this is the most noticeable of all the signs because rats and mice produce a tremendous amount of feces. Rats consume about one-third of their body weight in food daily and create an output of 25,000 droppings annually. Mice don't eat as much (about 15% or less of their body weight) but still release about 18,000 droppings yearly per mouse. The feces is rod-shaped, dark, and moist; rats have blunt ends, and mice have pointed ends. Look for droppings along walls, under appliances, inside kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and in dark corners of the house.
- Holes: Rats create two to three-inch circular holes in walls and floors; the openings are close to walls.
- Gnaw marks: The word "rodent" is from the Latin rodere, "to gnaw," and rats and mice live up to their classification by chewing on furniture, wiring, plastic, paper, concrete, and aluminum. The only thing rats and mice will not chew on is glass or thick metals. Look for bite marks on furniture, plastic storage containers, wires around the water heater or furnace, aluminum siding, and more.
- Grease marks: Rats and mice forage in dirty areas, and their oily fur attracts dirt, mud, and other nasty elements. They do not have good eyesight, so when they move through the house, they bump against walls, objects, and corners and leave behind semi-sticky smug marks.
- Urine stains: Rats and mice not only produce a copious amount of droppings, but they also urinate as they travel over kitchen countertops, cooking surfaces, inside kitchen cabinets, and throughout the house. Shining a black light along the walls, in cabinets, and in other places reveal urine stains.
- Musty odor: Their putrid-smelling urine contains a pheromone that alerts other rodents of the presence of food, attracting more problematic pests to your home. This foul-smelling urine becomes noticeable in areas where there is a rodent concentration.
- Discarded food: Rats usually eat all their food in one sitting, but mice nibble and usually leave jettisoned food lying around.
- Nests: Inside homes, mice and rats create nests in walls, inside or underneath appliances and cabinets. They build their dwelling locations with shredded paper, clothing, and insulation into a loosely-woven ball-shaped nest. Outside the house, they create burrows along fences, under concrete slabs, and alongside ditches. It is a good sign of rodents in your home if you hear scratching sounds emanating from walls in the early morning or late evening hours.
- Tracks: Rats and mice leave four and five-toed prints behind in dusty areas. Sprinkle talcum powder where you suspect rodent activity; if they are there, you will see tracks in a couple of days.
- Runways: Mice and rats are creatures of habit, and they travel the same path between food sources and their nests. Over time, discarded food, droppings, urine stains, tracks, and grease marks appear along the trails. Mice do not travel more than 50 feet from their homes, while rats may nest up to 150 feet from the food source. Either way, if you see these signs along walls or behind appliances in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, or other areas of the house, you can be sure you have an infestation.
- Live rodents: Rats and mice have a hierarchical system, and although they are nocturnal and forage while you sleep if the nest is too large, those lower on the totem pole cannot search for food until the elites have returned, so sometimes rats and mice are active when daylight appears.
If you see these signs of rodents in your Nassau County home, you need the best rodent control near you from Parkway Pest Services. Our technicians can verify if you have rodents and take appropriate action to remove them from your house.
Rodents Can Spread Disease And Damage Property
The oily fur of mice and rats attracts not only dirt but also bacteria and viruses on the surfaces of animal feces, sewers, storm drains, open garbage containers, compost piles, and other areas they forage. When the rodents enter your Nassau County house, the pathogens fall off and land on cooking and eating surfaces, exposing food and utensils and contaminating them.
Rodents transmit pathogens as they deposit urine and droppings throughout the house. Because rodents constantly gnaw, they pass bacteria and viruses through saliva as they chew on food storage units and packaged products.
Rats and mice carry many of the same diseases: salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, and leptospirosis, but mice also spread choriomeningitis (LCM) and hantavirus. These diseases can spread by eating contaminated food, items from a polluted surface, or directly from a rodent.
Rodents cause property damage by gnawing on furniture and other items in the house. Fires of "unknown origin" are often the result of rodents chewing through electrical wires and sparking a fire. In an era when many people work from home, rodents can cause loss of income when they destroy internet phone lines inside walls. Hole
To get rid of these rodents in New York, call our team at Parkway Pest Services; we will promptly arrive and remove them from your Nassau County house!
How And Why Rodents Find Their Way Into Our Homes
You have house rodents because food, water, and shelter are on your property. Later, when one or all of these items disappeared due to harsh weather or changing conditions, the rodents found an entry point into your house where they discovered food, water, and shelter.
Effective rodent control in your Nassau County home begins with maintaining a clean and dry property. Here are some tips to deter rodents away:
Remove debris (i.e., leaf and wood piles, junk, and more) from the yard
Eliminate objects outside the house that trap and retain water
Provide proper drainage to ditches and low-lying areas
Seal foundation cracks and gaps between incoming wires and pipes with steel wool, sheet metal, and other appropriate products
Cover all vent and chimney openings with 1/4 inch wire mesh
Repair holes in door and window screens
Install door sweeps
Keep all indoor and outdoor trash containers closed
Vacuum the house regularly and use a wand attachment to suction corners and cracks
Wipe down cooking and eating surfaces after each meal
Store food in glass (preferably) containers
Remove pet food from bowls at night
These tips will deter rats and mice and discourage all rodents from residing on your Nassau County property. Our technicians from Parkway Pest Services will identify rodent entry points and attractions to your property.
The Most Effective Rodent Control For Your Home
Rodents quickly reproduce when they enter your home and find food, water, and shelter. Setting a few traps may kill a rodent or two, but they are not enough to stop an infestation. Parkway Pest Services has provided rodent control in Nassau County for 80 years. Our long track record and award-winning service speak for themselves.
A highly-trained, certified pest control technician will inspect your location to identify entry points, attractions, and rodent hot spots. Next, our technician will implement a custom treatment plan based on the rodent, property layout, and your needs. Contact us today to learn more and get a free quote.