Rodent Extermination & Removal in Connecticut
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Rodents are increasingly becoming a yearly long rather than a seasonal issue. More often then before, homes are requiring a regular rodent abatement program rather than a one-time rodent service. Rodents are among the most successful mammals on Earth. They easily adapt and colonize on a variety of land masses on the planet, have the ability to reproduce quickly, feed on many different types of food, and form behavior patterns to avoid predators such as people. Rodents are also among the most significant pests to humans because of their ability to contaminate and spoil food. They spoil tons of food every year, which translates into billions of dollars lost.
As gnawing and burrowing mammals, rodents inflict serious damage to structures, equipment, furniture, utilities, and transportation vehicles Rodents have also been responsible for some ofthe most devastating disease outbreaks of all time, includings almonellosis, plague, leptospirosis, hantaviruses and ricketsialpox.
THE TWO MAIN TYPES OF RODENTS ARE:
The type of rodent most often found in the home is the house-mouse. House mice are small and slender, and as adults, weigh less than an ounce. They have pointed snouts and large ears. Their smooth fur is usually light brown or light gray in color. House mice are color blind, but to compensate, they have an excellent sense of smell, taste, touch and hearing. House mice are very curious and well-adapted for living indoors. They are found in homes, restaurants, supermarkets, food processing facilities and other places. Their presence is especially prevalent in the colder months, following their indoor migration.
The indoors provides them with all of the essentials – warmth, food and shelter. Because mice are nocturnal animals, they are not usually seen during the day. Normally, their presence is given away by scratching noises in walls, or by their droppings, which are rod shaped (usually 1/8″ – 1/2″ long, dark, pointed at both ends). Mice are able to squeeze through openings as small as an inch, which means once inside they may be free to roam anywhere in your home, such as in attics, wall voids, cabinets,closets, and on your counters.
There are two major types of rats in this area. One is the Norway rat and the other is the roof rat (a.k.a. black rat).
The Norway rats a large, stocky and robust rat that weighs up to 18 oz. It has blunt snout and small ears that are covered with hair. The Norway rat can range in color from brown with scattered black, to gray to yellow/white. On the other hand, the roof rat is sleek and graceful and can weigh up to 9 oz. It has a pointed snout and has naked ears that are large enough to be pulled over its eyes. The roof rat’s smooth fur ranges from brown with scattered black to white grayer black. While the Norway rat’s tail is both dark and pale, the roof rat’s tail is uniformly dark. Like the house mouse, both have poor vision and are colorblind, but they have excellent smell, taste, touch, and hearing.
Rats are suspicious animals, although they will explore their territory of 100 to 300 feet daily. Like mice, rats are found in a variety of places, including homes, food storage facilities, and restaurants, traveling anywhere they are able to find food, water, and shelter. Rats are able to gnaw through wood, lead, aluminum, copper, cinder block, and uncured concrete. Most of their activity is at night with the majority taking place just before sunrise and just after sunset. Rats have a strong social hierarchy where the largest and strongest gets the best food and harborage.
Norway rats are known for their extensive burrowing under building foundations and develop elaborate tunnel systems with an entrance and several escape holes. Alternatively, roof rats burrow very little. Instead, they are able to swing, jump, and climb. Roof rats normally enter and nest in upper portions of buildings. Either type of rodent can enter a structure through one inch openings.
Rodents such as mice and rats can be effectively treated with a rodent abatement program. We have available a wide variety of traps, rodenticides, bait stations and monitoring devices. We will conduct a thorough inspection to locate entry points, and we will make recommendations for repairs to help prevent reentry. We may also advise you to eliminate certain favorable conditions that encourage rodent infestations.