Rodent Control (Rats & Mice Removal) 

Numbering billions, rats and mice are believed to be the most populous mammals. These nuisance pests are found in every continent – except Antarctica. In the southeastern parts of North America, rodents are one of the most problematic animals residents have to handle. Why? Their high adaptability and fecundity make them challenging to handle. For example, a pair of rats can explode to a population of 1,250 in a single year!

Behavior & Risk of Rats

While there are different species of rodents, the three most common pest species in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida include Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice. Some of the problems they cause homeowners include:

  1. Living in the attic, walls, and under the house.
  2. Raising their young ones in buildings
  3. Their annoying sounds and constant movement cause noise pollution.
  4. Chewing of wood, wires, and pipes. 
  5. Soiling of the insulation with their droppings. 
  6. Risk of several zoonotic diseases like Hantavirus, Rat-bite fever, Salmonella, and leptospirosis, among many others. 

Little wonder residents dealing with rodent infestation are usually keen to get the problem under control promptly. Metro Wildlife and Pest Control have gained a reputation as the best rodent control company in the southwestern region of the United States. Our approach to rodent control is guaranteed to grant you the results you desire. And in this post, we share our methodology. 

But first, it’s essential to know why rodents are attracted to your property.

Believe it or not, it boils down to two things: food and shelter. 

  • Food 

Rats and mice are non-picky eaters. In the wild, rodents eat fruits, plants, and seeds. But when they adapt to human settlements, rats and mice will also feed on garbage, meat, pet food, and any human food they come across. Hence, if there’s easy access to food on your property, you shouldn’t be surprised when you see these tiny monsters around. 

  • Shelter

For thousands of years, rodents have learned that they can get better living conditions residing near human settlements. The warmth, safety, and proximity to food provided by inhabited buildings make them a hotspot for rodents, from the attic to under the house to the chimney. That’s why rats and mice will promptly take advantage of tiny cracks in buildings to find the perfect spot indoors to build their nest. 

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Wildlife Removal Services We Offer

Metro Wildlife and Pest is a full-service wildlife control, removal and remediation company. If your home or property has been taken over by unwanted pests, we will use the most humane animal removal methods possible and provided home exclusion to ensure they don’t come back.

Bat Removal

Bats may be beneficial for the ecosystem, but that doesn’t mean they need to live in your attic! We can provide home exclusion to remove and relocate bats with ease.

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Rat Removal

Rats love to be around humans, where the food is plentiful. If you have rats in your home, it’s important to have wildlife control services as soon as possible.

Raccons Removal

Raccoons are scavengers that like to make their nests in attics, sheds, and other human dwellings. Conventional animal trappers may unnecessarily harm them

Squirrel Removal

Squirrels may be cute, but they can create quite a mess. If you have squirrels nesting in your attic, our wildlife removal service can take care of them quickly.

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Rodent Control Methods

To deal with a rodent infestation problem accurately, you need a robust understanding of rat and mice behavior. Over the years, we at Metro Wildlife and Pest Control have honed our knowledge of these nuisance species. Here are some of our best tips for rodent control. 

  • Eliminate attractants

The first step toward successful rodent control is eliminating what attracts them to your property. 

This means cutting off access to easy food. How? 

  1. Secure your garbage cans properly.
  2. Take pet food indoors, especially at night
  3. Sweep away seeds from under your birdfeeder.
  4. Protect fruits and plants in your garden

Secondly, you must find and seal off potential entry holes. That way, you make sure there’s absolutely no way for them to get in. Note that a mouse can fit through a hole as small as 6 mm while a rat can fit through a 20 mm hole. You have to thoroughly inspect your property to locate tiny holes before sealing them with caulk or non-chewable steel. Other potential entry holes to look out for are overlapping tile roofs, spaces between vent pipes, and broken sewer systems, among many others. 

  • Trapping

Trapping provides a cheap way to handle a rodent infestation problem. However, setting effective traps is a skill set. Working with professionals like Metro Wildlife and Pest Control is a great idea. Suggested baits include peanut butter, whole nuts, berries, bacon, or dry fruits. The different types of traps include:

  • Snap traps

These are the oldest types of rodent traps. They work by delivering a powerful compressive punch once the rodent picks up the bait. They often kill the animal quickly, making them a humane option.

  • Electric traps

These are new traps that deliver a lethal electric shock when a rat or mouse gets into them. It is also humane. 

  • Glue Boards

Glue Boards are boards with hard adhesive on them. Once the rat steps on the board, they become stuck. After that, the rat or mouse can be killed by hitting the head. Because captured rats or mice can be left struggling for days, this method is generally considered inhumane. 

  • Rodenticides

Rodenticides are poisons used to kill rats and mice. However, they are not recommended because they risk harming unintended animals, kids, and pets. Moreover, poisons are inhumane to kill a rat because they cause unnecessary suffering. 

  • Decontamination and Repairs

After dealing with a rodent problem, the next stage is a thorough clean-up. This involves clearing away their droppings, nesting materials, and more. Wearing gloves is vital to prevent the spread of diseases. After that, the entire space must be decontaminated. 

Finally, all necessary repairs must be performed. This may include replacing soiled insulation, fixing woods and wires, and more. 

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Are you in need of quality rodent control in SC, NC, Savannah, GA, or Jacksonville, FL? Contact us now at Metro Wildlife and Pest Control to put a permanent end to your rodent infestation problems!

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