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Rodent Treatment Options in Melbourne, Florida

The fall time is when rodents begin looking for warmer places with more readily available food.  If you hear the scurrying of little feet in your attic, walls or crawl space, you may have a rodent problem.  Roof rats and mice are the most common of culprits to invade your home and claim your residence as their own.  If not properly taken care of, their quick reproductive rates and destructive nature will leave your home and sanity in shambles.

Death to them All!

Known as the catalyst for the Bubonic Plague, these vermin carry multiple diseases.  You don’t even have to be bitten by one; their urine and feces are contaminates for the following illnesses:

  • Rat bite fever
  • Meningitis
  • Arena Virus
  • Typhoid
  • Trichinosis
  • Hanta Virus
  • Murine Typhus
  • Weil’s disease

Mice are known for transmitting the same diseases in addition to Salmonella and tapeworms along with the fleas they commonly carry.  The longer they are allowed to cohabit with you, the bolder they will become and the greater the chance for you to contract one of these diseases and a bad case of the fleas.

Treatment Options

The first step is to have an inspection of your property to determine the type of rodent, where they are coming and going from, and how much damage has already been done.  It never hurts to have a few inspections and quotes from different Melbourne pest control servicers.  They may suggest traps or poisons or both.

Poisons take a while before some rodents will access them.  Despite their reputation for being dirty, rats do not just eat anything.  They will investigate the new food that is placed within a black bait box for a week or so before they decide it is safe.  Once ingested, the poison will severely dehydrate them.  They will venture away from the nest site to find an abundance of water, but die along the way.  Therefore, they are not likely to die within your walls leaving horrible smells.  Your pest control services will come by to check on the bait stations regularly and refill them until the bait is no longer being taken, a sign there are no rodents left.

Traps may also be used in cases where there is a large infestation.  Once the rodent population is taken care of, it is vital to seal up any entry points.  A crack as small as ¼ inch, can allow future mice and rats to take up residence.

30 Sep

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