5 Reasons to Consider Professional Rodent Control in Florida
October 12, 2022
Have you suspected rodent activity in your home? Are you hearing squeaking and scurrying in the walls at night? If you live in Florida, it’s common to experience a rodent infestation in your home.
Common signs of rodents:
- Gnaw marks
- Fecal droppings
- Paw prints
- Chewed wires
- Small holes or crevices
- Dark, oily smear marks also known as sebum
If you see any of these signs in your home, we recommend getting in contact with Native Pest Management. But if you’re still unsure whether you should receive professional intervention for a possible rodent issue, keep reading this post.
Rodent Season in Florida
As it cools down, rodents like mice and rats start to move inside to keep warm. This usually begins at the start of fall, around late August and September.
In Florida, however, it’s a little different. Rodents love Florida due to its year-round warm weather; however, even a subtropical world has an occasional chilly night.
This means rodents in Florida tend to migrate into homes just like they do in other states, just a bit later. It’s likely for rodent infestations to occur beginning in October or November.
The most common rats to see during rodent season are roof rats and Norway rats, while the most common mouse is the house mouse.
96% of the rodent control calls we receive are for roof rats. These rodents are small and slim and known for their climbing abilities.
They have darker fur, a hairless tail longer than their body and head, and grow between 12 and 14 inches long with the tail included.
Norway rats are a larger version of the roof rat with less impressive climbing abilities. They have brown fur, a white underbelly, and grow up to about 15-17 inches long.
The house mouse is a bit less common to find in homes than rats. They have gray fur and grow to about 5 ½ to 7 ½ inches long.
Do I Need Professional Rodent Control?
You may be asking “do I need professional rodent control?” while analyzing your rodent issue. The short answer to that question is no. It is entirely possible to control rodents on your own using traps and exclusion methods.
The long answer starts with “maybe.” While it is possible to control a rodent infestation without professional intervention, it can be very tricky.
Rodents are fast and can quickly cause chaos in your home. While you may think photos of rats and mice are cute, you may change your opinion when you see one running in front of your feet.
They can also pass on illness and infection. Overall, it is an uncomfortable experience.
Our technicians at Native Pest Management want you to pass your rodent worries to us so that you can feel comfortable.
Here are 5 reasons to consider professional rodent control in Florida.
If you don’t already know the ropes, catching and controlling rodents is a lengthy process. You have to understand a little bit about rodent behavior, strengths, and weaknesses.
For example, did you know rodents have bad vision? Not only are they nearsighted, but both rats and mice are also red-green colorblind.
On the other hand, rats have strong senses of hearing and smell. This means that while you don’t have to hide from rodents, you do have to be very quiet.
These are just a few things that are important to know when taking care of a rodent infestation. Native Pest Management understands all of the behaviors of rodents to properly get rid of them.
We can also identify even the trickiest entry points such as utility lines, pipes, wires, and cracks in your foundation and around windows. The identification process takes place during a complimentary inspection that we provide to all potential customers.
We do all of our rodent services in consideration of your time and the urgency of the situation. Whether you only have one or two rats in your home, or have a severe infestation, we understand how important it is to get your home back to normal.
The other fact of the matter is that rodents reproduce fast. On average, one adult mouse gives birth to 56 mice per year while rats can produce up to 72!
With those numbers in mind, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. So if you’re ready to stop your rodent infestation quickly, call us today!
A question you may be asking is “how much does professional rodent control cost?” To answer this question, we need to first inspect your home, and know the age and size of your home.
But an important point to know is that there are factors to consider beyond cost when deciding whether to hire professional rodent control.
While both DIY rodent control and professional rodent control cost money, there’s a difference between paying for a reliable service and costly trial and error efforts that are unsuccessful.
We understand how frustrating it can be to pay for pest control products such as rodent traps and baits only to find that they do nothing to control the infestation. While they could very well work, our technicians can guarantee the success of our professional services.
And if we set traps down and they don’t work the first time, we don’t just pack up and say “see ya later!” We keep trying until the issue is resolved.
With Native Pest Management, you’re not just paying for professional pest control products, you’re paying for guaranteed service to completion.
Rodents are icky. Not just their presence, but they spread bacteria by gnawing on your home, and spreading feces and urine.
Because of this, rodent control can be an uncomfortable experience that most homeowners dread. Luckily, technicians at Native Pest Management have decided to make discomfort their career.
We care about Florida homeowners and we want to make homes as rodent free as possible.
So to achieve that goal, we are happy to deal with even the grossest circumstances with rodents so that you can sit back and relax.
The Risk of DIY Rodent Control
Since rodents bite, and spread germs, feces and urine, this unfortunately comes with health risks. Rodents are carriers of hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia, Monkeypox and Salmonella.
These illnesses are no fun, and the closer you’re in contact with these animals, the greater the possibility you can catch them either through a bite or coming in contact with their bacteria in other ways.
By choosing a professional pest control company like Native Pest Management, you can be assured that your health is protected. Our technicians use protective equipment to ensure they don’t come in contact with harmful bacteria, and we quickly get rid of the infestation to keep your family protected.
And with our safety equipment, we also have the means to safely clean up the bacteria. With our attic and insulation services. We go through your entire attic using respirators to make sure all rodent droppings are addressed to make sure your home is rodent free.
Professional Rodent Prevention
While it’s important to get rid of the rodents in your home, it’s equally important to make sure they don’t return. Pest control professionals do this through exclusion methods.
Technicians know all of the little entry points for rodents and how to close them off to effectively keep them out. Using professional equipment such as caulking devices, steel and copper mesh, steel hardware cloth, and concrete, they know the best ways to seal these entry points.
How else can I prevent rodents?
- Get rid of clutter with household items that attract rodents.
- Store food in airtight containers.
- Seal cracks and crevices with caulk.
- Spread peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, pepper and cloves.
Rodent Control Near Me
The best part of rodent control in Florida is when it’s local. At Native Pest Management, we’re just a phone call away, servicing all over Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Indian River, Martin, and Leon counties.
Our rodent control involves a complimentary inspection in which we identify the rodent evidence, the type of rodent and determine the best treatment plan for your home.
Our Rodent Control Treatments:
- Rodent trapping: We’ll place traps along any rodent runways in your home using any evidence of rodents such as urine, feces and rub marks. Common places for rodent traps include the attic and exterior of your home.
- Rodent exclusion: Involves sealing off any entry points for rodents including cracks in your foundation and around windows, utility lines, pipes, or wires coming through the wall or ceiling.
- Rodent bait stations: After trapping and exclusion, we install rodent-proof bait stations along the exterior of your home to ensure rodent prevention. We refill these bait stations every one to two months.
- Rodent sanitization: The feces and urine left by rodents won’t magically go away after the rodents are gone, unfortunately. Since these byproducts can spread unhealthy bacteria, we remove them from your attic via respirators with our attic and insulation services.
We’re here to make your rodent control process smooth sailing, which is why we recommend hiring a professional rodent control company that knows the ropes. We won’t just do the basics to get rodents out of sight, we have a thorough process we’ll complete for your home to make sure it’s rodent free.
Do I Still Need Rodent Control if I Don’t Have Rodents?
We recommend all of our customers to get professional rodent exclusion whether or not they find an infestation. This will prevent rats from infesting your home in the first place.
Rodents infest 14.8 million homes every year, so one of the best pest control decisions you can make is keeping yourself out of the numbers.
Native Pest Management provides the best exclusion services for each home with guaranteed success from start to finish.
If you’re unsure whether your home needs exclusion services, just set up a complimentary inspection with us. We’ll look in every nook and cranny of your home to make sure no house mice, roof rats, Norway rats, or any other type of rodent can come inside your home unwelcome ever again.
Our reviews can vouch for our expertise–with over 3,000 five star reviews across Google, Yelp, Facebook, Angie’s List and Nextdoor, we care about our customers and are willing to go through the most uncomfortable pest situations.
We’ve also made the Inc 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies for two years in a row, and ranked #18 on the Gator100. Other awards we’ve won in 2022 have included the Platinum FLCAJ Readers Choice Award, Nextdoor’s Neighborhood Favorite, Expertise’s Best Pest Control Services in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Port St. Lucie.
If you’re ready to put your pest worries in the hands of professionals, call us today to schedule your free rodent control quote!