Professional pest control in Vero Beach is necessary to eliminate Florida mice and rats. These rodents are hard to beat, as they rapidly multiply in significant numbers. You can't just smash them with your foot, either. They can wreck foundations and belongings if they have time and space to flourish on your property. They can pass along germs that will affect your health as well. You cannot be passive about rodents. 

Many people purchase traps and other products to kill rodents, but these options won't be enough to resolve an infestation issue. You shouldn't waste money on chemicals, either. Learn about the humane ways to get rid of mice and rats that will garner results. HomeShield Pest Control can lend a hand.

Identifying a Rodent Problem In Your Home

It's important to discern what types of rodents you are dealing with between mice and rats. You'll rarely have problems with both at the same time. Mice are smaller, being 2 to 4 inches long. Rats are 5 to 11 inches long. While each has a scaly tail, mice have a little bit of hair on theirs. Beyond these characteristics, these rodents are quite similar physically. They have dark, round eyes, protruding snouts, and black, brown, white, or gray fur. As an infestation grows, you can expect the following:

  • Hearing squeaking and scratching noises within the wall voids
  • Noticing footprints with four front toes and five back toes
  • Finding teeth indentations on walls and wires 
  • Discovering rounded droppings with blunt tips
  • Smelling odors 
  • Seeing rodents in daylight; mice and rats are generally active during the night

Mice and rats favor vegetated locations, which include residential lawns. Given their bodies' flexibility and razor-sharp teeth, they'll easily slip past structural gaps. Once indoors, they'll assemble in dark, humid, and damp areas. Attics, garages, and voids are examples.

Rodents Can Cause Many Problems Around Your Home

Some common interior dilemmas with house rodents are electrical outages and fires. Mice and rats will bite on cables to keep their teeth down. They will also nibble on furniture, edges, pipes, and more. It will certainly be challenging to recover from such damages, especially those related to plumbing. 

Rodents can compromise your well-being by tainting your food with parasites in their hair. Their coat also has bacteria. When they're not inside of homes, vermin gather in nasty places like street tunnels and trash bins. As you can imagine, they cannot spit, urinate, or release fecal matter without spreading microbes. Any surfaces they crawl on are likely to be contaminated as well. You might end up with Hantavirus, salmonellosis, or lymphocytic choriomeningitis.

Why Traps Won't Get Rid Of The Entire Rodent Infestation

Commercial traps for rodents aren't helpful with an infestation because most can capture one mouse or rat at a time. When their populations are ever-increasing, you'd never be able to get all the vermin with traps. Another thing to remember is to use specific locations when setting up traps. Experts know where to place the traps, but the average homeowner doesn't. Further, rodents go to spots that are hard to reach. You'd be in an inconvenient and dangerous position trying to handle these pests on your own.

The Solution To Total Rodent Control For Your Home 

Retail pesticides and traps for rodents in Florida are a hazard. They aren't worth the risk or their unreasonable price tag when they can't stop an infestation. You should have an avenue that is safe, dependable, and affordable. Come to us at HomeShield Pest Control. Our rodent-proofing and exclusion services are top-tier. Attic sanitation and ongoing monitoring are available. Call today for a free quote!