Get Rid of Mice and Rats in Columbia, SC
The pitter-patter of little feet running through your walls, scratching sounds in the night, and brown droppings in cabinets and other dark places.
These are all signs that rodents, whether they’re mice or rats, have taken up residence in your Columbia home.
These vermin are more than a creepy annoyance, they cause serious damage to your home, and carry diseases that can make you and your family sick.
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Common Columbia Mice and Rats
Columbia’s warmer climate, swampland and rivers, heavy tree coverage, and older sewer lines all provide an attractive habitat.
The two rat species you should be most concerned about in Columbia are:
The Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus)
Also known as the Brown Rat or Sewer Rat, these foot-long, reddish-brown rodents are ground-dwellers that like to stay out of sight. They’re most often found nesting in cool, dark, damp sewers, basements, crawlspaces, and cluttered storage areas. They reproduce rapidly, live in large groups, and eat anything from garbage to sweets to soap. Norway rats transmit diseases directly by biting people and contaminating food, and indirectly by carrying lice and fleas.
The Roof Rat (Rattus rattus)
Also known as the Black Rat, it naturally lives in trees. But as fall brings cooler weather, this house rat prefers to hunker down in a warm attic or crawl space. You don’t want them in your home to avoid expensive structural damage. They gnaw through walls to get inside and chew up electrical wiring, insulation, and other materials to build nests. A prolific breeder, female roof rats give birth multiple times a year. You are most likely hosting a roof rat population far beyond what you originally encountered.
Other common mice and rats you’ll find on your Columbia property include:
The House Mouse (Mus musculus)
This 2-3 inch long gray mouse with a pointy pink muzzle and ears is the most common rodent in the entire U.S. Its favorite food is grain, so raiding your kitchen pantry is a frequent activity.
The Deer Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)
Also known as the White-Footed Mouse, it is identified by its large size, between 6 and 8 inches long, and its namesake for white feet and underbelly. These large-eared deer mice love to nest in basements and attics during the winter months.
The Cotton Mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus)
Similar in looks to a white-footed mouse, the cotton mouse is a little longer, from 7 to 9 inches, and its tail and skull are both longer. You’ll most likely encounter one of these rodents in your basement or crawlspace.
How to Get Rid of Mice and Rats in Columbia, SC
Dealing with a rodent infestation isn’t fun. Besides using your walls and ceilings like a highway and the incessant scratching all night, rodents can be dangerous and expensive. So, what can you do to keep mice and rats from invading your space?
Prevention is key.
- Clean up after every meal or snack (countertops, flooring, etc.), taking the trash out regularly so there aren’t any scraps or crumbs to feed critters.
- Repackage food items into sealed containers to store in your pantry and cabinets.
- Seal up potential entry points from the outside like cracks, holes, and gaps. Check around your home’s foundation, doors, and windows.
- Cut back trees and shrubs so they don’t reach the roof.
The Best Way to Exterminate Rodents
While you’re enjoying a meal at Columbia’s own River Rat Brewery, the mice in your house may help themselves to a feast as well.
If you suspect mice and rats are living in your Columbia home, contact us for a free inspection. Croach® implements a unique approach to rodent control using effective methods.
Inspection, identification, exclusion, and extermination remove these and other pests from your property and prevents them from coming back.
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