Rodent Control: Frequently Asked Questions

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It’s normal to have some questions about the rodent control process. Animals Happen created a master list of frequently asked rodent removal questions to help homeowners. Follow along below to learn more about the most effective rodent removal techniques.

What Are The Signs Of A Rodent Infestation?

If you’re hearing scratching noises and scurrying sounds, a mouse or rat is likely the source. Rub marks on walls and teeth marks on wood trim are also signs of an infestation. If your home has mice or rats in it, you may not be able to see them for several weeks.

Identifying the correct rodent culprit and comprehending their behavior can aid in selecting the appropriate rodent control solution and prevent future infestations. Animals Happen can send a rodent control expert to your home to conduct a thorough inspection and determine if rodents infest your home.

Learn More: How To Catch A Rodent Infestation Before It’s Too Late?

How Do I Get Rid Of Rodents?

Rodents, such as rats or mice, can squeeze through gaps as small as a dime, and DIY rodent control can be difficult. If you suspect you have a rat or mouse infestation, call a professional rodent control technician right away to protect your home from the disease they can spread. To get rid of rodent infestations, rodent removal experts take the following steps:

  1. A detailed inspection of your home or business will identify damage, entry points, and high traffic areas.
  2. Non-toxic traps and monitoring stations are placed in inconspicuous locations.
  3. Entry points are identified and sealed to prevent future infestation.
  4. The final step is a detailed report that outlines what treatment was performed and recommended alterations to prevent future issues.

Learn More: How To Eradicate A Rodent Infestation?

What Are The Differences Between Rats And Mice?

Mice and rats are both rodents that can do a lot of damage if they get into your home. Mice are much smaller than rats so that they can get into more areas of your home easily. If you have mice in your home, you’ll notice many more droppings than rats because mice produce more in a day. The ears of a mouse are larger than those of a rat, despite their small size.

Proper rodent removal techniques will differ depending on if rats or mice have invaded your home. During the initial inspection, wildlife removal technicians will identify which rodent species is causing problems and create a removal plan specifically for that animal.

Learn More: How Are Mice And Rats Different?

How Can I Prevent Rodent Infestations?

Rodent populations will continue to grow in conditions where food and shelter are readily available. Rodent proofing (AKA exclusion) is the most effective way to permanently keep rats and rodents out of your home. There’s no need for dangerous poison or cruel traps. Instead, professional rodent proofers will inspect every nook and cranny of your house for potential rodent gateways and seal them for good with rodent proofing.

Learn More: How To Keep Rodents Out?

How Many Rodents Are In My Home?

If you see a rodent scurrying around, you may begin to wonder how many more are present that you are unaware of. A typical rodent nest will have 5 to 10 rats living in it. If there is enough food to support the population, a colony can grow as large as 100 rodents. Only experienced rodent control technicians can estimate how many rodents are on your property. Contact Animals Happen at the first sign of rodents in the home and curb the rodent population before it can grow.

Learn More: How Many Rodents Live In One Place?

How Much Does Rodent Removal And Control Cost?

The average cost of removing a rodent infestation is $342, with a typical range of $172 to $520. The sooner you contact a professional for mice and rats, the least expensive it will be. Homeowners that allow the rodents to remain result in further costly damage and a larger rodent population.

Hiring professionals costs more upfront, but it ends up costing less than continually purchasing ineffective rodenticides. If you have an infestation that requires immediate removal, call your Animals Happen for a local rodent control expert.

Learn More: What Factors Into The Cost Of Rodent Control?

Is Rodent Removal Covered By My Homeowner’s Insurance?

The majority of homeowner’s insurance policies exclude rodent damage repair and removal. However, if a rodent infestation causes additional damage, such as chewed-up wiring, short-circuiting, and causing a fire, your homeowner’s policy may cover the costs. Insurance providers will take the stance that damage could have been avoided if the homeowner had taken reasonable preventative measures to avoid a rodent infestation in the first place.

Learn More: Will Insurance Cover Rodent Control Costs?

What Type Of Rodents Are In My House?

If you hear noises in the attic or movement in the walls, you’re probably dealing with an infestation of rodents. The most common rodents that infest homes include rats, mice, and squirrels. An inspection conducted by rodent removal experts will identify what rodent has invaded your home. They will create a detailed plan that is best suited to remove that specific rodent. Contact Animals Happen to schedule a rodent inspection!

Learn More: How To Identify Rodent Species? 

How Much Damage Will Rodents Create?

Rodents cause roughly $20 billion in damage to homes, businesses, and agriculture fields each year. Chewing rodents can cause structural, insulation, and electrical damage, which must be identified and repaired safely and quickly. If you find a rodent infestation in your home or business, contact Animals Happen for a local wildlife control professional.

Learn More: How Can Rodents Damage A Home Or Business?

Have A Question We Didn’t Address?

If you have a question that we didn’t cover, send us an email or give us a call, and one of our expert wildlife technicians will be happy to assist you. We understand how bothersome nuisance animals in the home can be, and we’re glad to help in any way we can.