Often critters, such as mice, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and armadillos start creating havoc in our homes and yards in the Houston area. Rats have been known to chew through wires in cars, attics, and through water lines in homes creating thousands of dollars worth of damage. What are your options when faced with issues as these?
Cypress Creek Pest Control offers a variety of solutions depending on the situation and type of animal that you are having a problem with. Our trained technicians can handle all types of rodent and wildlife issues – anything from live animal trapping to excluding and removal of rodents.
Pigeons, starlings, sparrows, and other birds can cause damage to your business. If you are having a problem with birds, whether they are roosting or nesting in and around your business, call Cypress Creek Pest Control to help. We offer bird spikes, bird control gel repellent, sound deterrent devices, and bird netting. The right bird control technique that is need can be vary by situation and problem.
While people most often associate pest spread diseases with mosquitoes and ticks, mice and rats are also known to carry several harmful diseases. Unlike mosquitoes and ticks, you do not need direct contact with a rodent to be exposed to their diseases. Here are six diseases that rodents are known to carry:
1. Rat Bite Fever
The name may be misleading, but the symptoms are not. Rat Bite Fever is caused by either direct skin contact with a rodent or when ingesting contaminated food or drinks. Rat Bite Fever may cause a variety of symptoms including fever, chills, headache, vomiting, or muscle pain up to three months following exposure to the bacteria. If left untreated, damage may be long-term.
Rodent feces can end up contaminating the food that your family eats, causing this painful intestinal disorder which is basically a strain of food poisoning. Not only can it cause severe pain, but it is easily transmittable from human to human due to poor hand washing, especially with children.
3. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
A more commonly known disease spread by rodents, HPS has caused more than 500 deaths since its identification in 1993. It is passed through mice feces and urine, and turns fatal in half of the its cases due to flu-like symptoms that can lead to renal failure and respiratory issues.
4. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)
LCM is a viral infection that is contracted when when humans breathe in the dust that contains mouse urine or droppings. The symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, and lack of appetite. Without treatment, this disease may cause damage to the brain.
Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria coming into contact with animal saliva. Symptoms include vomiting, muscle pain, headache, fever, chills, jaundice, rash, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Without treatment, the disease may lead to respiratory concerns, liver failure, kidney problems, meningitis, or even death.
6. Weil’s Disease
Patients who have acquired Leptospirosis may find it developing into Weil’s Disease nearly 10% of the time. Weil’s Disease can cause internal bleeding and lead to organ failure.
Mice are bendy rodents. They will sneak through the smallest of cracks in order to make it to your kitchen pantry. But, being able to slide through small spaces isn’t their only trick. They also can climb, swim and jump up to a foot to find food.
That’s why homeowners with a mice infestation report damage to wires and wood – because mice chew through nearly everything to wear their teeth down. If they didn’t, their teeth would grow up to five inches each year!
Mice prefer to sleep all day and rummage around for food at night. If you hear pitter patter noises or squeaks coming from your wall, it’s a sign that you have an infestation.
If you see one mouse, chances are you have more! A female mouse as young as two months old can begin breeding and can have up to 12 babies every three weeks. If you do the math, that is up to 150 per year.
Mice can cause damage to HVAC, electrical wire damage and structural damage. If you let an infestation go on too long, expect to see chewing through insulation, electrical wires, furniture, cabinets and walls!
Mice eat up to 20 times per day! It’s no wonder they setup a nest near the closest food source – usually kitchens!
Mice can make you and your family very sick. Common diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus are just for starters. Mice can carry up to 200 human pathogens as well as spreading diseases to your pets through their urine and feces.
Droppings. The ability to distinguish between rodent droppings is helpful when trying to determine whether you have a problem with rats or mice. Since rats are larger than mice, they leave behind droppings that are larger, measuring approximately ¼ to ½ inch. They may be spindle-shaped or crescent-shaped and are likely black and shiny, but that may depend upon the diet of the rat. Mouse droppings are smaller, approximately ½ to ¼ inch (the size of a rice grain) and often are thin with pointed ends.
Noises. Rats and mice are nocturnal critters, with most activity happening between 10pm and 1am. You may be able to hear squeaking and scurrying inside attics and walls.
Trails and Tracks. Rodents can also leave behind footprints and tail tracks in dust. If you are curious if you have rodents, you can sprinkle baby powder in areas where you believe they are active. Check back in the morning to see if any tracks were left behind.
Teeth Marks. A clear indication of an infestation is gnaw marks throughout your home. Rodents are known to cause damage as they will eat just about anything from the floor to ducts. More recent gnawing will be light colored, while older marks will be darker. Also check electrical wire for damage.
Holes in Food Packaging. Rats will try to chew on anything that they believe to be food—especially dried foods that are easily accessible in cardboard or plastic packaging such as beans, pasta, rice, or other grains. Dog food is an especially preferred treat for rats as it offers a meaty scent and taste.
Nests and Burrows. Roof rats burrow and nest in comfortable, dark, unused areas of a home including attics, cellars and garages. If rats have found a food source in your home then they will likely set up camp in a secluded space nearby and travel the same routes back and forth at meal time. Their nests will usually be made from.