With big eyes, curious dispositions and perky ears, it’s easy to think of rodents as cute, harmless creatures. But make no mistake about it – rodents are destructive, unsanitary and menacing. Many rodents carry serious diseases and parasites such as fleas and ticks. The danger from rodents isn’t just from direct interactions. Typically, they will eat and defecate in areas where your family eats or plays, increasing the potential for contamination of your food sources, countertops, and floors. Some research has found that mice and rats can contaminate 10 times the amount of food that they consume.

The CDC has linked Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) — a disease fatal in about 36 percent of all reported U.S. cases — to some rodents, which should only increase your urgency to contract a professional to handle rodent removal from your attic or other hard-to-access nooks.

Rid Your Home of Rodents With Apex Pest Control

Rodents need to be controlled before they make you or your family sick, which makes rodent infestation control extremely important. Rodents breed quickly and a single sighting is usually not the whole story. Typically, the one mouse or rat you spot originates from a nearby nest containing hundreds more of his rodent roommates. In addition to contaminating your food and surfaces, a rodent’s penchant for chewing can wreak havoc in and around your home.

It’s imperative that you have a professional seek out the rodents’ location and their points of entry of your home. These spaces are typically smaller than you might think. The Apex Pest Control professionals can help you locate these areas and provide exclusion techniques to keep them out, as well as trap the ones already inside.

Following the rodent detection and elimination visit, your personal Apex technician will focus on outdoor perimeter pest prevention, to ensure that your home’s pest defenses are functioning as intended. Taking that much time off work is difficult and inconvenient, so we do not require you to attend the rodent prevention visits. Our treatment plans are designed with your convenience in mind. We provide monthly, every-other-month, and quarterly treatment plans.

Understanding how infestations can occur is the first step in preventing them. For a free same-day inspection, contact Apex Pest Control today.

How to Get Rid of Rodents

While you should always opt for professional rodent infestation control — as expert control is the only sure way to eliminate this furry plague from your home — you can apply preventative measures that may alleviate the issue.

Some preventative methods include:

  • Proper food storage: Your exposed pantry items and food scraps — no matter how seemingly inconsequential they might be — provide vital fuel for mice and rats. These rodents can easily mow through boxes and bags, so secure your garbage and boxed food items if you happen to see one darting around your halls. Moving the trash to tightly sealed metal cans and using air-tight containers for cereals and other goods will help you maintain better food storage.
  • Get rid of cardboard: If you have old cardboard boxes storing clothes or other items, it’s time to invest in some plastic containers immediately. Establishing a nest is the final step for mice and rats to house themselves in your home. Cardboard is easy to get into and provides dark, well-hidden spaces to raise pups.
  • Seal off possible openings: While our rodent pest control services will touch on this aspect in greater detail, you can help the effort by sealing off holes that you think might be points of repeated entry. Remember that these creatures can squeeze through spaces multiple times smaller than themselves. If you’re trying to remove rodents from the attic, first check your HVAC system, which is a readymade network that animals use to traverse your home with ease.

The Rat

Rats usually find their way into your home while searching for food or water. They can get what they came for and establish a nest before you even know they are there. Even though there are many different types of rats, all of them tend to have a natural instinct to be wary of new things in their environment. It’s these keen instincts that can make average rat traps and bait ineffective or slow to work. It’s also important to note that removing the rats is only half the battle. While your home is now safe from that rat, it is still in danger of being overrun by other rodents. Your friendly Apex Pest Control technician will use exclusion techniques to ensure that no more rats can make their way in.

Don’t waste your money on ineffective, do-it-yourself rodent traps. Servicing Florida coast to coast since 1985, Apex has the knowledge and experience to take care of your rodent infestation. We pride ourselves on providing a professional service with a personal touch, and we won’t stop until the rats are gone for good.

The Mouse

Mice typically enter a home in search of food, water, and warmth. Once they locate a food source, they will set up a nest nearby, usually in an area that is out of the way and not easily discovered by a homeowner. Typically, the only evidence of a mouse infestation is the sudden presence of their excrements and small bite holes in food bags and boxes. Food that has been demolished by mice should be discarded as it is contaminated and may contain disease or parasites that are not readily apparent.

Apex is here to remove mice from your home. Your food is meant for you, not to be shared with small, fury scavengers. For a free same-day inspection, contact Apex today. Your family’s health and wellbeing is important to us. With over one hundred years of combined experience, our technicians will create an efficient plan to eradicate your mouse infestation. We offer pest control, termite control and lawn care in the following service areas: Brevard, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami-Dade/Broward County, and Palm Beach County.