Monday, February 20, 2012

Rats and Mice Oh My!

  Rats & mice enter Florida homes and warehouses searching for food. They contaminate
10 times as much food as they eat, with urine ,feces & hair spreading diseases and bacterial food poisoning.
  In Florida, Norway rats are common along canals and the coast.  They also can be found
where garbage is  not properly stored. They can survive on decayed food found in the trash. 
  Norway rats often dig under buildings, concrete slabs and in rubbish.  When they burrow they can create problems for the foundations of buildings, sewer lines and destroy landscape. Norway rats live about 1 year but reach maturity at 3-5 months.  They can have 8-12 young per litter and up to 7 litter in 1 year!
  Roof rats thrive in roof spaces, attics, palm trees and shrubs. If they get into your attic they could possibly create a fire by chewing on electrical wires.  Roof rats live up to 1 year and can have up to 6 litters in one year! 
  Skilled pest professionals will know rat behavior, recognize the signs of activity, sanitation and exclusion techniques.
A job best left to the professionals.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rodent Control

Rats  are not only destructive to property but are associated with several human diseases.
Salmonellosis is a intestinal disorder that occurs from food being contaminated by rat urine or feces.
Murin Typhus, Leptospirosis, Listeriosis,and Trichinosis are other rat -transmitted diseases.
They can enter into a homes and building through holes as small as one inch. They may get in through broken windows, foundation vents,openings through walls for passage of electric, gas & water.
Once inside rats can chew through your electrical wires and build nests with the insulation. 
It takes special skills and knowledge to manage rodents to ensure successful rodent control.
Modifying the inside & outsideof the property, sealing and blocking holes and sanitation are just some
integrated pest management techniques used for successful rodent managments.