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Columbus Ohio

How To Get Rid of Mice in Columbus, Ohio

Although mice are a popular household pet, they can also be a huge pest when they enter your home uninvited. Let the professionals at Champion Pest & Termite Control be your mouse infestation solution.

Mice are amongst the smallest of rodents, generally averaging half the size of a rat, but they can still do major damage to your home and put your family’s health at risk. The house mouse and the deer mouse are amongst the most common invaders in Central Ohio. It only takes a hole ¼ inch or larger to entice a mouse into your house and they can easily widen it, leaving teeth marks behind. Homes plagued by rats or mice are at a high risk of fire due to damaged wiring. Between 8% and 25% of house fires with unknown origins are suspected to be caused by rodents.

Our professional extermination team will complete a thorough inspection, initiate a full removal, and complete the disposal of all pests, as well as offer preventative solutions for the future. A mouse infestation damages your home and produces unsanitary eating conditions. Don’t risk your family’s health, request a quote from Champion Pest & Termite Control today to solve your mouse problem.

How To Get Rid of Mice in Columbus Ohio

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DIY Isn’t Always The Answer!

Seeing live or dead rats in or around your home is the most direct sign of an infestation. You may see dirt or grease marks along floorboards or baseboards or find abandoned nests outside in your bushes, trees, or wood pile. A thorough inspection of your home would show multiple entry points and evidence of chewing damage. You will also begin seeing piles of droppings and hear scurrying or squeaking at night in the walls. Unfortunately, all of these signs mean you have a full-blown infestation and need the help of a professional exterminator.

Identify Your Rodents

Identify Your Rodents

Rats and mice are commonly misidentified by homeowners which can lead to ineffective DIY removal. Different traps are available, but they will only deal with an individual, not a whole colony. Rats are also smart creatures who tend to avoid unidentified objects placed in their paths. Cornered rats are aggressive and may bite or claw to avoid being captured. If you do trap a live rat, now you must find a way to either dispose of it or relocate it safely far away. All that work for a single rat while hundreds remain hidden in your walls, attic, or basement. Setting out bait is also not a good DIY solution. Poisons are slow acting, meaning rats could perish inside your walls, air ducts, or anywhere else they scurry after ingesting the bait. In addition, baits can be very harmful to kids and household pets.

Contact The Professionals

Call the Professionals

It is difficult to eradicate mice with home remedies. Snap traps and glue traps come with a nasty disposal requirement and can be dangerous if small hands or pet paws decide the trap is a toy. Both these devices can seem unnecessarily cruel compared to removal methods used by professional exterminators. More humane, live traps require relocation of the mouse to a safe place. Any traps used are only intended to catch individuals, leaving the rest of the colony free to keep reproducing. Poisoned baits are another option, but these chemicals are unsafe for homeowners to handle and there is no way to control where the mouse might wander before it dies.

Make Your Home Rodent Free with Professional Pest Control Services

Make Your Home Rodent Free with Professional Pest Control Services

Our exterminators will work to remove the entire colony, minimize the damage caused, and help prevent further infestations. After effective removal, our team will identify and seal holes where rats were entering and perform a thorough inspection, cleaning, and disinfection of the area; leaving you a healthy, pest-free home once again. Don’t delay, contact the team at Champion Pest & Termite Control to rid yourself of rats for good!

A Health Risk That Hides

Due to their small size and ability to collapse their bodies, mice can enter your home through holes much smaller than you might imagine; an opening the diameter of a number 2 pencil is all it takes. They will also scale walls, climb tree branches, scurry over wires, wade through pipes, and chew their way in through window and door seals, exterior siding, or flooring and baseboards. Once inside, they will make nests in your walls where they remain until they come out to hunt for food at night.

It isn’t just the physical damage that you need to worry about. The saliva, droppings, and urine of mice can carry dangerous diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus (a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory virus passed from rodents to humans). Because rodents can chew through cardboard and plastic containers with ease, food is best kept in glass jars or heavy-duty metal tins. There can be no compromises when it comes to your family’s safety, so any items that have evidence of tampering or are near mouse droppings should be discarded and the kitchen and pantry will need to be cleaned and disinfected.

Warning Signs of Termites

Types of Rodents

Rats and mice rank just behind termites in causing the most extensive and expensive damage to buildings. They are indiscriminate chewers and will gnaw through support beams, floorboards, plastic, adobe, brick, cloth, wires, siding, pipes, insulation, ductwork, and even weakened concrete.

Deer Mouse

Deer Mice

Deer mice prefer wooded areas for most of the year and generally begin infestations in winter when they are trying to escape the cold. Mice are exceptionally good at hiding, so even if you don’t see any individuals, you could still have an infestation
House Mice

House Mice

House mice are known to invade at any time of year. Mice can reproduce every 24 days with litters of 5-15 pups, forming colonies of 30 to 50 individuals within a matter of months and reaching the hundreds shortly thereafter.
Norway Rat

Norway Rat

The Norway rat is roughly 7 – 9 ½ inches long and brown in color. They are also referred to as a sewer or street rat. They are both terrestrial (ground) and arboreal (tree) dwellers meaning they can either dig or climb into your home.
Roof Rat

Roof Rat

Roof rats are a bit smaller averaging about 6 – 8 inches. They are referred to as black rats or ship rats. Rats can reproduce at only three months old and have litters of 5-10 pups every 24 days. They are much larger than mice & carry more diseases.

Rodent Control FAQs

What Will Keep Mice and Rats Away?

The best tips for keeping mice and rats away involve general cleanliness. Make sure your countertops and floors are clean, seal all of your dry foods, and be sure to close all your outside doors whenever you can.

How Do You Get Rid of Rodents?

The first thing you should do is eliminate all entry points. If rodents have no way of getting into your home, you won’t need to get rid of them. You must also use good sanitation practices to prevent giving rodents any food sources.

How Long Does It Take An Exterminator To Get Rid of Mice?

The first thing we will do is examine all entry points for mice in your home. We may also set up traps and bait stations to try and catch the mice and get rid of them from your home. There is also the option of fumigation. Consult an expert for your best plan of action!

Do Electronic Rodent Repellents Really Work?

In short, no. You may notice immediate effects of electronic rodent repellents, but over time, rodents may return to your home. It’s important to consult an expert and get a comprehensive plan-of-action that will take care of your rodent problem for good.