Rodents are one of the most resilient species on our planet. Just like humans, they occupy every continent except Antarctica. Right from the start of civilization, over 4,000 years ago, these nasty critters have adapted to reside in human settlements. They have learned to take advantage of the food and shelter we offer them. There are three species of rodents primarily considered as pests. They include roof rats (Rattus rattus), Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus), and house mice (Mus musculus).
Dealing with a rat or mouse infestation is challenging for several reasons. First, due to their high fecundity, a pair of two rats can explode to a population of 1,250 in a year. Second, they are agile, intelligent, highly adaptable, and quite cautious. For homeowners in Tulsa, here are some of the most common problems caused by rats and mice:
Their presence can quickly become frustrating for homeowners. But not to worry, Wildlife X Team Tulsa can help you deal with your rodent infestation problem.
Rats and mice are attracted to humans because of the promise of food and shelter.
Rats and mice are omnivores and can feed on almost anything. In the wild, they tend to eat things like plants, fruits, and seeds. However, city rats like to eat meat and garbage. They’ll also feed on pet food, pizza, and just about any human food they can lay their hands on.
We all love the comfort of homes when it gets cold outside. Rodents can’t build sophisticated homes, so they have adapted to living in man-made structures, especially during winter. They will reside in the attic, crawlspace, chimney, and even within walls. By residing on your property, they stay in proximity to a variety of food sources.
That’s why at Wildlife X Team Tulsa, we advise homeowners to eliminate all potential food and shelter sources for rodents.
How to Tell If You Have Rats and Mice on Your Property
Asides from sighting these nasty creatures on your yard, there are other tell-tail signs of a rodent infestation:
Rodent removal requires an adept understanding of rodent behavior but our wildlife removal experts at Wildlife X Team Tulsa are up to the task. Here’s how we go about rodent removal:
It’s important to first locate all entry holes when dealing with a rodent infestation problem. If not, any captured or killed rodent will quickly be replaced by another. So, that’s why you have to thoroughly inspect your entire property to identify all of their entry holes. Remember, a mouse can get into a hole the size of a penny, while a rat can get into a 20 mm diameter hole. Thereafter, all the identified holes should be sealed with non-chewable steel to prevent reentry. Identifying and sealing all potential entry holes ensures that there’s absolutely no way of them returning.
Trapping is the most effective way of dealing with a rodent infestation – and that’s why we recommend it. However, trapping is an art that requires a good understanding of rodent movement and behavior. Some of the most common baits include peanut butter, bacon, fruits, meats, and cereals. Here are the major types of traps.
This trap delivers a powerful impact through a spring mechanism when the rat or mouse tries to pick up the bait. It is humane because it immediately kills the creature.
This trap contains a strong adhesive on a hardboard. Once a rat or mouse steps on it, it is unable to escape. Since it doesn’t kill the rodent, it is important to check it regularly so the rodent can promptly be killed humanely once it is caught.
This trap delivers a fatal electric shock to the rodent once it captures it.
At Wildlife X Team Tulsa, we advise homeowners to stay away from poison because it is inhumane. It damages the internal organs of the critter. Furthermore, nothing is stopping unintended wildlife, your pet, or children from consuming it. Finally, since a poisoned rodent looks for a secluded area to die, locating the carcass can be challenging.
Decontamination and Repairs
After getting rid of the rats and mice, the next step is to decontaminate the infected space. This involves removing all the remnants like droppings, wood chips, food crumbs and so on that may have accumulated. This helps to prevent the spread of germs and diseases.
Finally, all damaged wood, insulation material, wires, pipes, and other materials have to be repaired. Dealing with the decontamination and repair is best left to professionals like those at Wildlife X Team Tulsa.
At Wildlife X Team Tulsa, we have perfected our methodology to help you deal with your rodent infestation problem.
Rats are responsible for all kinds of problems, both major and minor. If you find any of these rodents in your home, you should quickly get rid of them before they cause some of the following problems.
There are many proven methods to prevent rats from entering your home. These methods focus on removing attractants and making it more difficult for rodents to find their way indoors.
Preventative measures address the underlying issues and stop future infestations, but they may not help you if you already have rodents in your attic. For that, you need to use some rat removal tactics.