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Rodent Control Services - Removing Mice and Rats

Rodents such as rats and mice are the most common and extraordinarily resilient pests in North America and around the world. The presence of them in or near your home or business can be unnerving and even frightening. There are few openings that they can’t get into and once they’re indoors everything from your attic to the basement becomes potential nesting sites. Their tendency to get into our food sources puts humans at risk for contamination and threatens our health. With their rapid reproduction capabilities, rodent infestations require quick action by professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to handle it.

Characteristics of Mice  

There is one reason and one reason only why mice have taken up residence in or around your home or business - a readily available food source. Their nests are usually within ten feet in proximity to their food source, which typically means the kitchen, but they can be outdoors as well. Not only do mice contaminate our food source with their dander, urine, and feces but they can also transmit diseases indirectly through ticks, fleas or mites. Mice reproduce quickly, making them particularly troublesome. Properly eliminating mice requires knowledge and experience of their makeup and habits.

  • Mice are capable of doing a considerable amount of damage; not only consuming our food but destroying it by contaminating it with their fecal matter, urine and fur.
  • In agricultural areas, mice are capable of ruining massive amounts of food; an estimated amount of 33 million tons per year.
  • Mice can infest any structure that offers them conducive conditions; restaurants and venues that serve food but also factories, offices, and retail stores. Often neighboring businesses or dumpster enclosures nearby are the source of the issue.
  • Mice can reproduce at an astounding rate; sometimes a female mouse can have up to ten litters per year, each containing 3 to 14 pups, meaning a single pair of mice can multiply into the hundreds within a single year.
  • The eyesight of a mouse is poor which is why they travel alongside walls helping them with a sense of direction and security. They explore their territories daily in search for food and are known to be very curious.
  • Mice look for an undisturbed location to nest: wall cavity, attic, garage, basement or even an unused cabinet or dresser.

Characteristics of Rats  

Throughout history, the rat has adapted to all types of human environments: fields, granaries, sewers, ship vessels, trees, homes, and large buildings; anywhere they can find food and water. If rats are nesting or scavenging in or near your home or business, it is imperative that you do all you can to remove them as soon as possible. Not only can rats cause a lot of damage from their constant gnawing they are extremely dangerous to have around due to the potential diseases they carry. Properly eliminating these large rodents requires knowledge and experience of their makeup and habits.

  • Still to this day, rats are hosts to various diseases and may also carry infected parasites, mites, and fleas that cause: the bubonic plague, typhus fever, salmonella, leptospirosis (Weil’s disease), trichinosis, and rat-bite fever.
  • It’s estimated that rats destroy 20% of the world’s food supply every year, directly by feeding and indirectly through contamination.
  • The rat is a tremendously resilient creature; clearly nature designed them to survive. They flourish in urban areas, such as Jackson, Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint, but can be found anywhere with conditions conducive to their survival.
  • Rats can jump 3 feet straight up and up to 4 feet horizontally. They can get inside a pipe as small as an inch in diameter, walk on power lines, swim up to a half-mile in open water, and survive a fall of up to 50 feet – always landing on their feet.
  • Unlike mice, rats are very intelligent and quite clever. They are suspicious of anything new in their environment, which can make trapping or baiting them somewhat tricky.
  • A mature female rat can birth up to 20 pups a year. A mother who has become suspicious of rodenticides or traps can teach her young to be wary of them as well.
  • Rats are social and will live in colonies with well-defined territories that are marked with urine and glandular secretions. Rats have a hierarchy with a dominant male who has the best nesting site; weaker males are pushed out to less favorable sites or sometimes forced out of the nest altogether.
  • Rats have very poor vision, but this is compensated by their sense of smell and the use of their whiskers, which they use to feel their way through burrows, pipes and other runways.
  • Rats have a very advanced sense of taste and can trace the presence of chemicals at a parts-per-million concentration, which is why rats will sometimes avoid bait traps.
  • Rats begin foraging for food shortly after dark and will commonly travel between 100 and 150 feet from their nest exploring their territory in search of food and water.
  • Rats can do a lot of damage from their constant gnawing. Their teeth are extremely hard, enabling them to chew through materials such as aluminum siding, cinder block, adobe brick, plastic or lead pipes, cabinets and many others.

Signs of a Rodent Infestation  

  • Hear squeaking, gnawing or scuttling noises from the walls at night; it is not uncommon to find tooth marks from gnawing on baseboards, trim and the bottoms of cabinets.
  • Distinctive droppings they leave behind – mouse droppings are narrow and pointed, usually about 1/8” to 1/4” in length – rat droppings are considerably longer usually about 3/4 inch in length, are black in color and have blunted ends.
  • Gnawed food items, boxed containers, floor and ceiling joists, door corners, kitchen cabinets, walls surrounding pipes, and chewed wires are all signs of a rodent infestation.
  • Rodents also leave oil marks (smudge or grease marks) behind as they move. These grease marks build up over time in frequented runways and become visible to the naked eye.
  • Mouse and rat urine is phosphorescent and is visible under an ultraviolet light.
  • Nests are made with various soft materials and are lined with items such as: shredded paper, bits of cloth, straw, feathers, and fur.
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Residential Mice and Rat Removal  

Eliminating rodents typically involves identifying how they are getting in and out of the home, eradicating the current population, and sealing up your home so they cannot get back in. Due to their rapid population capabilities, Creature Control deals with the entire rodent infestation, not just reducing the population. Individual trapping alone is usually not sufficient in dealing with larger infestations. Here’s why:

  • If you already found evidence of mouse activity in the home, by this time the rodent problem has usually become so critical that laying a few traps is no longer sufficient to handle it.
  • Traps are usually not placed effectively; successful trapping requires a knowledge of the habits and movements of mice and rats in order to place the traps in the best locations.
  • Pregnant female mice seldom venture out during their gestational period, which means they are very unlikely to be caught by individual trapping.
  • Mice also leave pheromone trails behind wherever they go. These scent trails are chemical indicators that attract other mice, even after the mouse that left the trail has been removed.

Creature Control technicians are experts in identifying rodent entry points, locating nesting areas, and removing them; keeping your home rodent-free. Our technicians will review with the homeowner the activity they’ve witnessed, perform a thorough foundation to roof-line inspection (including the attic), which will identify entry points, nesting sites, and potential problem areas. After inspection, our technicians will write up an estimate for repairing and sealing entry points to prevent further invasion. They also make recommendations for environmental changes to help avoid further breaches. For the treatment of mice and rats, Creature Control utilizes various rodenticides based on the situation and install discreet, tamper-resistant rodenticide bait stations or traps to eliminate the existing rodent population. Creature Control uses the integrated pest management approach of rodenticide applications, helping you restore your peace of mind knowing that your family and pets are kept safe.

Commercial Mice and Rat Removal  

Rodents can be a big problem in commercial developments. This is especially true in restaurants and venues that serve food, but mice can infest any structure that offers them conducive conditions such as factories, offices, apartment complexes, and retail stores. It often occurs that businesses have problems that are not their fault; perhaps they are located next to a restaurant whose dumpster enclosure is unsanitary, or otherwise have a neighboring business that is the source of the issue. Still, if rodents are in your establishment, they are your problem!

The last thing any business needs or wants is a bunch of traps lying around. Please keep in mind that conventional trapping is not sufficient for commercial standards. Creature Control employs a combination of rodenticide bait stations to knock out existing rodent populations and performs structural modifications to prevent future re-infestations. We also offer rat management plans for situations where rats are frequenting dumpster enclosures or getting into structures. Our technicians have the knowledge and experience eradicating both mice and rat infestations, providing tremendous attention to detail to ensure the job is done right.

Creature Control’s wildlife control technicians will assess the situation, place discreet rodenticide bait stations that will eliminate the rodent population, and write up an estimate for repairs to seal your property against rodent intrusion. Creature Control utilizes the integrated pest management approach of rodenticide applications, helping to restore your peace of mind so you can focus on your business.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.