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How To Get Rid Of Rodents

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White footed mouse (woodmouse, Peromyscus leucopus) in the nature, springtime

Rodents are often an inevitability for Oklahomans that do not take the time to protect their home from the arrival of these pests during the colder months. And, as mice or rats begin to create nesting sites inside of your attic, garage or walls, they can often be hard to remove without the assistance of a pest control professional. That is where the friendly and helpful team of rodent control experts at Emtec Pest Control can help!

Although mice, rats and other rodents may look cute, they are often one of the last pests that you would want to find in your home or business because they tend to carry a variety of diseases and cause extensive damages with their nesting habits. Unfortunately, the fall months often make these structures across the state of Oklahoma incredibly attractive to a variety of rodents because of the warmth, access to food and plentiful water supply they provide during the colder months. Even worse, a small population of mice can quickly become a much larger population due to their prolific and expedient breeding habits.

Mid-November will often bring many changes across the state including earlier sunsets, barren trees, and the disappearance of many common summer pests. As temperatures begin to dip, many different species of rodents from field mice to the Norway rat will begin searching for ways to gain access indoors and start building their nests and obtaining new food sources to survive the upcoming winter. During this time, finding entry points and sealing them off before they can be utilized is critical for ensuring your home does not become infested with these often unwelcomed new visitors and the common problems that accompany them.

As a leading rodent exterminator in Tulsa and OKC, Emtec Pest Control has helped countless businesses and homes across Oklahoma deal with their existing rodent problem while also working to ensure that they do not return. Our team knows how important it is to keep your family safe from rodent-borne diseases and the best news is that infestations are preventable with vigilant rodent control efforts in place. All it takes is one phone call to schedule your free inspection and we will arrange to have one of our skilled pest control technicians to visit your home to create and implement an effective plan to eliminate any mice or rats that may be present.

Rodent Identification

One of the best ways to stay protected from rodents is to be able to easily identify them.

If you have seen something that looks like a rodent inside of your home or business, it can be such a jarring experience that you may not be entirely sure what you had seen. Unfortunately, there are a wide variety of mice and rats that can enter structures in Oklahoma. Even more disturbing, the type of species you find may be more likely to carry rodent-borne diseases that could impact the health of your family or anyone that encounters them or their waste.

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Deer Mouse

Although most often found in wooded areas, deer mice will venture inside of sheds, outbuildings or homes that are located near them. In many cases, deer mice can cause extensive damages to wooden structures and carry several potential health concerns, particularly their increased risk of carrying hantavirus. During the colder months, deer mice are more likely to seek shelter indoors and will often enter structures where they may seek shelter at higher levels like attics or upper floors.

Only living around 14 months under optimal conditions, deer mice females can have three to five live young in just 24 days. Often these young deer mice will reach sexual maturity in as little as 8 weeks. To further compound this, each female will have two to four litters each year; making it incredibly important to eliminate deer mouse populations before their numbers become too large and population control becomes much harder.

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House Mouse

Unlike other species of rodents that make their way indoors to escape changing weather or decreased temperatures, house mice are often active year-round. Unfortunately, this means that they could find their way into your home or business at any time of the year. Because they are most known for their infestation in homes, they can commonly be found feasting on pantry foods and prefer items like cereal. Often, house mice can survive on around 0.1 oz. of food daily with no additional water; however, they will seek out around 0.1 fluid oz. daily if their diet consists of primarily dry foods.

Perhaps one of the most shocking statistics when studying house mice is their ability to have litters of up to 16 individual pups in as little as three weeks. To further compound the severity of this, each reproductive house mouse will have seven to eight litters annually. As you might imagine, this poses a large problem for homeowners if they let their infestation remain unchecked and soon large populations of this mouse species will begin to overcrowd the structure they have decided to nest inside of.

White footed Mouse

White-footed Mouse

Like deer mice, white-footed mice tend to infest homes that are near wooded areas or bordering agricultural land. Due to their adaptable nature, white-footed mice can be found in suburban areas although it is not as common. Most white-footed mice will live up to one year under optimal conditions in the wild and each year there will be nearly a complete replacement of the existing population. In most cases, mortality rates will spike in the sing and early summer due to increased predation, although this may not affect white-footed mice that have created nests indoors.

As an omnivorous species of mouse, white-footed mice tend to prefer seeds, berries, insects, fruits and fungi that may be available to them. Since they do not hibernate during the winter, they will often store nuts and seeds like squirrels to sustain themselves during the winter. Like other mouse species, white-footed mice are prolific breeders and can have two to nine live young up to four times annually. While white-footed mice may not be a common home pest, their presence in rural areas and outbuildings may make rodent control necessary to eliminate large populations.

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Norway Rat

Rats often distinguish themselves against mice because of the sheer size differences that exist between the two. As a larger species of rat, the Norway rat can reach up to 1 lb. in weight and span lengths of up to 40 cm. Since Norway rats are accomplished diggers, they are often attracted to homes that have thick shrubs, unmaintained grass or gardens. Once near a home, they will often find gaps or crevices that lead indoors that are as small as ½”. Unfortunately, once indoors, Norway rats can cause extensive damages or transfer a variety of diseases to humans through their urine or feces.

Like other rodents, Norway rats can quickly increase their population and can breed at any time throughout the year. Females will commonly have three to twelve litters each year and may produce between four and twenty-two pups with each litter. Norway rats can often reach sexual maturity within 5 months, making it easy for a small population to quickly become a much larger problem that requires that assistance of a rodent control professional.

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Rodent Prevention

To keep you home safe from rodents, here are some TIPS that homeowners should keep in mind throughout the fall and winter seasons:

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    Seal Entry Points

    Before fall arrives, homeowners and business owners in Oklahoma need to ensure that there are no cracks or crevices available that may provide entry into their structure. These entry points are often inevitable due to the soil type and rain patterns that we often see throughout the spring and summer. If you find entry points around the foundation of your home, near roofing or attics, or around utility lines that lead inside the home, seal them to eliminate the chances of rodents utilizing them.

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    Limit Food Sources

    Like other pests, rodents are often attracted by food sources that are easy for them to use. Often their ideal food choices will be found in the pantry of a home, making proper storage of foods critical for continued success. Ensure you are not leaving cereal boxes or other common boxed foods open and accessible and transfer them to air-tight containers whenever possible. With these containers in-used, rodents will be less likely to contaminate them or feed on their contents. 

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    Eliminate Clutter

    Rodents are often attracted to cluttered areas because of their ability to create nests that likely will not be disturbed. If you have turned your attic, basement, outbuilding, shed or other rooms into storage areas for cardboard boxes, piles of clothing or other sources of clutter, you could be creating an optimal nesting environment for mice and rats. Clean these areas and declutter as much as possible to limit the potential nesting locations they have access to. 

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    Store Firewood Properly

    Although firewood storage areas will often a hotbed for termites or ants, they can also house a variety of mice and rat species. Even worse, firewood storage locations that are not up to 20 feet away from the home could be drawing these pests indoors. Before firewood is brought indoors, it should also be inspected for bugs or signs of rodents to ensure they are not receiving a direct ride inside of your home unknowingly. 

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    Eliminate Moisture Sources

    Leaking pipes and clogged drains are often utilized by a variety of pests for breeding sites and rodents are no exception. While they may not require large amounts of water to live, even the smallest amount of leaking water could provide them with the sustenance they need to continue building their population numbers and creating new nests around your home or business. Any moisture sources that could be assisting them should be corrected to eliminate their access to water. 

When to Call a Professional

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If you have taken precautions to prevent rodents around your property but still are encountering them, it is important to seek professional rodent control from Emtec Pest Control. 

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form.

Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information.