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.
Don't let the population get out of hand!
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. Deer mice prefer wooded areas for most of the year and generally begin infestations in winter when they are trying to escape the cold. House mice, on the other hand, 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.
Mice can nest just about anywhere!
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.
Within your walls, mice chew through pipes, wiring, insulation, support beams, and ducts. Frayed wires can lead to house fires, leaky pipes lead to water damage, and structural weakening affects the entire building. In other words, nothing good can come from a mouse infestation.
A Health Risk That Hides!
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.
Mice are exceptionally good at hiding, so even if you don’t see any individuals, you could still have an infestation. Finding chew holes in clothing, pantry items, floorboards, etc is a sure sign that mice have entered your home. At night, you may hear scratching or rustling as they become active to go in search of food. Mice are cautious and tend to run the same paths around a room, staying close to baseboards. Over time you may see tracks in these areas or greasy smudges may develop. Calling the professionals is the best way to confirm an infestation. Only with proper identification can your pest problems be solved effectively.
You can try traps, but they might not work!
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. While more humane, live traps necessitate 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.
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, call Champion Pest & Termite Control today to solve your mouse problem.
How to Get Rid of Rats in Columbus, Ohio
A rat infestation can mean major damage to your house and DIY removal methods often make the problem worse. Let the professionals at Champion Pest & Termite Control exterminate your rat problem once and for all.
Don't Give Rats A Chance To Reproduce!
Rats are both terrestrial (ground) and arboreal (tree) dwellers meaning they can either dig or climb into your home. They are much larger than mice, carry more diseases, and cause significant damage to buildings and food and water supplies. The two most common species of rats in Ohio are the Norway rat and the roof rat. Both of these rats are very good at hiding and prefer to be active at night meaning you may not know you have an infestation until it’s too late. Rats can reproduce at only three months old and have litters of 5-10 pups every 24 days. Seeing one rat around your home confirms that there are more; however, you can’t know how many until a full extermination is completed. A group of rats may be known as a mischief, but the damage they cause is much more severe than that.
Rats Are A Huge Risk To Your Home And Your Health!
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. It only takes a hole ¼ inch or larger to entice a rat into your house and they can easily widen it, leaving large and rough teeth marks behind. Homes plagued by rats 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.
Rats can also be responsible for thousands of dollars in food damage and pose a high risk to your family’s health. Their droppings and urine carry deadly diseases which spread over the surfaces of your home and into your food. Rats living in pipes or basements can contaminate water supplies.
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.
Rats and mice are commonly misidentified by homeowners which can lead to ineffective DIY removal. Different traps are available commercially, 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 my 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.
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, call the team at Champion Pest & Termite Control to rid yourself of rats for good.