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To understand how we handle rat and mouse infestations, please click here "Pest Proofing".

Knowing more about these rodents may help the understanding of why it is so important to remove them, and to do so humanely.

  • Rats reproduce every 19-23 days and are ready to mate again in 2 days.
  • Rats typically have 7 litters a year. It takes little time to have a large scale rat infestation.
  • Mice reproduce slower and typically have 2 litters a year.
  • Rats and mice can bite up to six times a second. They have no problem with chewing into and through your AC ducting, electrical wires, TV cables or anything else in your attic or crawl space. 
  • Rats can climb walls and even swim under water to get where they want to be.

On top of the sleepless nights rats and mice can also cause numerous long and short term health hazards (See our “Health Risks” page).

Rats and mice are a fact of life in Florida and most areas. If one rat or mouse got in then more can follow. Pest proofing your home is the only way to insure you do not have a rodent infestation again. 

Rodents are basically incontinent. As they walk they dribble urine and leave droppings everywhere.  All homes and businesses, even new ones, have potential entry points for rats and mice. Building a home to code does not mean that you are keeping rodents out. Rodent Solutions specializes in pest proofing local homes from rodents (rats, mice and squirrels) and other wildlife by using improved construction methods that are above and beyond any local building code. 

Mice are fairly uncommon in the Sarasota / Bradenton area of Florida. If mice are spotted they are most commonly roof rats (fruit rats, black rats) and Norway rats.  We commonly hear stories about rats that our customers have seen being of outrageous sizes which are typically overstated out of fear or the shock of seeing one. The largest rat in our area of Florida is the Norway rat. The heaviest the Norway rat ever reported was 1.8 lbs.  Some rats, if provoked and cornered, will fight their way out of the confrontation as will many wild animals. It is rare for a rat to outwardly attack a human. 

Young babies, bed-confined elders, and the homeless are occasionally bitten by unprovoked rats or mice. Most often, these individuals fall asleep with food residues on their hands or faces. Foraging rats or mice attempting to lick or chew the food residues off the sleeping individual will accidentally bite them.

As the weather gets colder, now is the time of year when we start having to account for winter when our pets are outside.

While we are making sure our pets are warm inside, all sorts of non-domesticated animals are seeking refuge from freezing temperatures, too. This includes some animals that you don’t want in your home, like rodents.
While I think mice are adorable, I’d still rather not share my abode with them. It’s also true that if mice can make their way into your home, then cold air probably can, too.

There are a few ways you can make sure your home is filled with warmth but not rodents.

It’s very important to patch up small holes that lead to the outdoors. Mice are very small and will take any opportunity to sneak inside. Even if you think it’s “too small,” you’d be surprised at how mice can fit through even the tiniest cracks. The best strategy is if you can spot it, just patch it.

Another entry point for mice and air can be openings around drain pipes. Filling these holes will keep out rodents and save you money and energy.
It’s important to keep an eye on your garage door and make sure that all of the edges are meeting up, because this can be another great entrance for mice.

If you think you have a mouse, there are a few ways you can tell for sure, according to the Humane Society:

  • Look for small holes chewed through bags containing cookies, breads and pet food.
  • Look for small black droppings that are about the size of a grain of rice.
  • Mice nests are made of paper, string and other household items that mice find laying around. The nests are often found in drawers and cabinets that aren’t used very frequently.

If you do indeed have a mouse, do not fear — you can get rid of it. I don’t like to kill mice because they’re not doing anything except what’s natural: They’re looking for a warm home and they’ve decided my home is pretty nice. Really, a mouse in my house is no different or somehow bad compared to a mouse in my yard; it’s just a mouse that’s in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Instead of a ubiquitous spring-loaded mouse trap, you can get live traps that you can use to catch a mouse humanely and remove it from your home. Live traps catch mice by luring them through one-way doors into containers with bait inside.

Poisoning mice can be cruel and it can also lead to other animals being poisoned. Mice can potentially eat poison, then leave a house and die from the poison outside. The poisoned mice can be eaten by other animals, which then also die from the poison.

Glue paper is also not a nice way to get rid of mice. It seems even crueler to me than poisoning or using traditional traps. Mice that get stuck on glue paper will be unable to move and will starve to death while they try to escape.

Live traps are definitely my favorite option for getting mice out of my house. But I much prefer avoiding having mice inside my house in the first place.

Here are some things you can do around your house to minimize how attractive your house can appear to mice:

  • Sweep up crumbs wherever they are. Be sure to check in out-of-the-way places such as under your toaster and in corners of cabinets.
  • Make sure that all your leftovers are wrapped up and put away quickly after a meal. The longer food sits out after a meal, the more chance it has to be spread around your house or for you to forget about it and leave it out.
  • Seal and store your pet food bags securely. This is also a good idea if you have bird seed stored in your house.

So clean up your crumbs and fill all of your house’s holes this winter. And if you still get a mouse seeking shelter, try a live trap and release it outdoors. Let’s do our best to make winter as pleasant as possible for ourselves, our energy bills and our animal neighbors.

Rodent Solutions specializes in rodent and wildlife prevention, trapping and removal. If you have a rodent or wildlife problem, we are the company for you. It is important to use an experienced wildlife specialist to thoroughly handle your infestation. Rodent Solutions is the most highly recommended pest control company for residential and commercial properties. For more information and a PROFESSIONAL INSPECTION / ESTIMATE call us at (941) 704-0063. We service Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Parrish, Lakewood Ranch, Osprey, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Lido Key, Bird Key and all the surrounding areas.

Our trained professionals have backgrounds in construction with experience that is crucial in knowing how to effectively seal your home. We do not use poisons as a solution, which prevents any harmful consequences. We will professionally seal your property which prevents re infestation. ALL of our professional technicians are Licensed by the Department of Agriculture to perform our services and we require ALL of our technicians to pass the Commercial Wildlife Licensing Requirements. We also carry twice the amount of state required insurance. We Offer a Full One Year Guarantee Against Re-entry!

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SETTING A FEW MYTHS STRAIGHT

  • The old wive's tale that rats and mice love cheese is false. They will eat it if there is nothing else but it is not a preferred food. At Rodent Solutions, we make our own special blend of bait that we have tested and found very effective and it does not include cheese.
  • There are no real life cats like in "Tom and Jerry" cartoons. A cat will not make it their goal to control your rodent population. They may kill them when they run across them, but adding more cats around your property will not remedy a rodent issue.
  • Mice do not "grow up" and become rats. Mice and rats are different species.

LETS TALK ABOUT POISON

We do not use poison when dealing with a Florida rat or mouse infestation. The poison will often lead to the rodent dying in the attic causing the stench of rodent decay. 

The old thought process of "the poison will make the rat/mouse leave to go find water" is not true.

Most poisons are an anticoagulant (prevents blood from clotting) causing the rat or mouse bleed to death internally. The dead rat or mouse will then leave an awful odor potentially causing headaches, nausea and general displeasure. This also causes large flies in the the home or business which is common as the rodent decomposes.

If poisoning the rat does work, it will only take care of the problem temporarily. New rats or mice will follow the path of the old rodents and enter your home again and again.