Rodent Control Near Denver
Denver is known as The Mile-High City, where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. In most cases, that is a good thing. However, Denver also makes the list on which no city wishes to rank, as one of the Top 50 Most Rodent Infested Cities in the US.
For many, nothing can be more terrifying than having rodents in or around their home. Just the thought of creatures roaming your space, in and around your food and dishes is enough for some people to want to torch their home and start fresh! The fear of rodents and rat exposure is not only real, so are the hazards they pose to humans and pets.
In fact, when it comes to rodent infestations, time is of the essence. In addition to being creepy and highly intrusive, they breed quickly, increasing the risk of the spread of disease and damage to your home.
The good news is you can get rid of mice and rats without having to take drastic measures. We have the solution.
The Dangers of Mice and Rats in Denver Homes
These diseases are spread by:
- Rat urine
- Ticks, fleas, and mites that live on infected rats and mice
- Bites from mice or rats
The presence of mice and rats in the home also plays a large role in contributing to asthma and allergies.
Physical Damage Caused by Rats and Mice
Mice and rats are known to eat and gnaw on just about anything to either make their way to a food source and shelter or to use materials for their nests. They also look for hard surfaces to chew on to file down their rapidly growing teeth. Common physical damage caused by rodents include:
- Damage to electrical wiring
It is estimated that 20% of household fires are caused by rodent damage.
- Structural damage
Mice and rats will build nests anywhere, including your walls. They also will gnaw holes into your structure, which makes your home vulnerable to other animals that cause home damage.
- Damage to family heirlooms
Rodents love to use paper and cloth items for nesting, shredding irreplaceable items, like old photo albums, wedding dresses, and baby clothes that are tucked away for safekeeping.
Food, kitchen counters, and household items.
Most Common Types of Rats and Mice in Denver
Mice generally stay within 30 feet of their nest. While more curious than rats, they learn to avoid traps.
Deer Mice Brown to reddish in color with white underparts and average 6 inches long. They breed year-round having up to five litters per year with each litter averaging 6 mice in it.
House Mice The most common of all mice. They are from 2.5 to 3.75 inches in length and are dusty gray with cream-colored bellies. House mice and produce up to 35 young per year.
Rats tend to stay within 150 feet of their nest but may have smaller territories if their nest is in a place where all their needs are met (food, shelter, water). They are known to ignore newly placed bait for days or weeks and will learn to avoid traps when they see another rat having been caught. Rats are shy by nature, and if you see one in the day it signifies a serious infestation.
Brown Rats Brown and gray in color and average 11 inches long from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail. They are the most successful mammal on Earth, aside from humans. They are sexually mature at five weeks old, breed year-round, and one pair can produce up to 15,000 rats per year.
Pack Rats These rats get their name from their hoarding behavior and their known love of shiny objects. They are brown, have large ears, and average about 15 inches long. They have 3-4 liters per year and an average of 5 young per litter.
Why is Getting Rid of Mice and Rats So Difficult?
Rodents are smart and learn very quickly to avoid methods of extermination such as traps. They also move along areas that are mostly inaccessible to humans, so are difficult to address. Rodents breed prolifically and can multiply faster than most common products can eliminate. Even when eliminated, the same thing that makes your home attractive to you, such as food, shelter, and water, make it continuously attractive to rodents.
Because rats and mice are mostly nocturnal and shy, if you see just one, that's an indication that there are more. This means that by the time you detect the problem, it is already bigger than what you expect and far more difficult to manage.
Signs of Rodent Infestation
Once you see signs of rodent infestation, it is important to consult a pest control expert such as Croach® as soon as possible. These are indications of rodents.
- Droppings-small dark droppings usually found under furniture, in cupboards, and along baseboards
- Chewing marks on baseboards and other hard surfaces
- Piles of shredded paper or other materials
- Trails in insulation
- Compressed grass trails outdoors or grease stains along floors and walls
- Scratching noises in the walls or ceiling
- Dogs and cats can smell rodents and may act nervous or excited in their presence
How to Get rid of Mice and Rats in Denver
Successful pest control is never a one-time process. To get rid of mice and rats in Denver, try these regular and ongoing rodent prevention tips.
- Keep home and yard free of excess debris.
- Keep food stored in tightly sealed containers.
- Wear gloves and a mask to clean rodent droppings and urine.
- Use an ammonia-based cleaner or organic peppermint-based cleaner to drive out rodents with their smell.
- Seal the home so rodents can't enter.
- Use regular and ongoing professional pest control
Croach® Professional Pest Control in Denver, Colorado
Many products found in home improvement stores used to kill rodents are ineffective and unsafe when used indoors or in a manner not prescribed by the manufacturer. DIY products are not designed to address even small infestations. Long-term rodent control requires sanitation, exclusion (making it difficult to enter the home), and the regular professional application of traps and baits.
A professional pest management plan, such as offered by Croach® considers many aspects of control and eradication of mice and rats including:
- Rodent biology
- Species Identification and surveillance
- Rodent behaviors
- Visual inspection
- Integrated and customized pest management solutions using both mechanical and chemical control
- Regular and ongoing treatment to keep pests away
The professional technicians at Croach® use pest control and prevention techniques over a one-time extermination approach. This controls rodent populations and keeps them from invading your home with a proactive, safe, and affordable approach. Croach® is a top-ten ranked pest control company with verified reviews.