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Possibly the only thing worse than having rodents in your home, is having rodents in your home and not knowing how they're getting in. When you call us for a rodent job, we'll:
- Inspect your house to assess the scale and find the entrances
- Put together our plan to trap, bait and exclude them from your house
- Bait and trap the mice, rats, etc.
- Make sure they stay out (exclusion)
Treating rodents must be done carefully in order to protect any other people and pets that are in your home. We take extra care with all traps and bait in order to make sure only the rodents can get to it. Most importantly though, when it's all said and done we will remove all traps or unused bait, making sure nothing is ever forgotten about.
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FAQs about Rodents
What types of rodents are common in my area?
The two most common rodents found in Austin are the roof rat and the Norway rat. The roof rat can be commonly found in attics, trees and roofs. While the Norway rat can be found near food sources such as garbage bins or in the garden.
What are some signs that I have a rodent infestation?
Some common signs of rodents include droppings, any gnaw marks on food packaging or walls. Any squeaking noises in walls or ceilings.
Are rodents dangerous to humans?
Rodents are and can be dangerous to humans because they spread a variety of diseases, contaminate your food and can cause property damage.
What should I do if I see a rodent in my home?
Take a deep breathe and call a professional! The sooner you do it – the easier it will be before it becomes a major problem.
How do pest control professionals remove rodents from a home?
Root Home Services uses a variety of IPM methods through baiting, trapping and full exclusion to remove rats, mice and other rodents from your home.
What are some safe and effective methods for controlling rodent populations?
We use a variety of safe and effective methods to control those rodent populations such as baiting, trapping and full exclusion as well as sanitation methods.
How often should I have my home inspected for rodents?
Annual inspections is the standard recommendation, and a good rule of thumb – especially in Texas during the winter and fall months where they are more likely to seek shelter indoors.
Can rodents cause property damage?
Absolutely! Rats, mice and other rodents are known for gnawing on electrical wiring, insulation and structural materials in and around your home.
How can I prevent rodents from entering my home?
Rodents usually enter through any cracks or gaps in your foundation or walls. Make sure to seal any gaps and to keep food in airtight containers, keep trash sealed and away from your home. You can also trim trees and shrubs to minimize harboring spots.
How can I clean up after a rodent infestation?
If you need to clean up after a rodent infestation, we can definitely help! If you're feeling brave, please wear a mask and gloves, ventilate the area and use a disinfectant to clean any surfaces that may have been contaminated with rodent droppings or urine.