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Certified Rat Trap Services in Texas

When people generally think about pest infestation, their mind immediately shifts to bed bugs or mosquitoes. But rats and mice – species name rodents – can be equally annoying, if not more. Since rodents continuously look for food and shelter, residential or commercial properties are their target locations. This results in food contamination and health risks.

So, to protect the overall well-being of those who live or work on your property, call AlienWerks Pest Management right away. We provide fast and effective rat pest control services in Texas. Those who enlisted our help are now living in a rodent-free space, and we can do the same for you.

Where Do Rodents Come From?

Rodents have existed for so long that historians cannot pinpoint their origins. However, the unanimous opinion is that they first appeared in Eurasia. Since then, the number has increased significantly. Today, about 40% of mammal species are rodents. And typically, they enter properties through cracks and holes found in walls.
The reason why rats and mice can make their way through even the tiniest of holes is because of their collapsible rib cages. That means if a rodent can fit its head through a crack, it can also squeeze the rest of its body. Because of this, it can seem almost impossible to rid your property of rodents.
We deal with this problem by performing rodent inspections. It includes assessing all cracks, openings, and holes in a property. Once we’ve found the areas where mice can enter, we’ll notify you so you can seal them with cement, metal, or any other available material.

What Do Rodents Look Like?

There are over 2000 rodent species. Though you won’t find all in Texas, the ones in the area are enough to test your patience – like rats and mice. An integral part of getting rid of them is to be able to distinguish them, so you know which elimination technique would be most helpful.

There are a lot of ways through which rats and mice differ. For starters, rats have large heads, while mice have small heads. Secondly, rats can grow up to 18 inches; mice, on the other hand, do not grow more than 8 inches. You can also tell the difference by their droppings.
Once you’ve learned to distinguish rats and mice, putting an end to their existence is next. That’s where AlienWerks Pest Management comes in. No matter the rodent species, we use the most advanced methods to exterminate them. This way, we help you keep your property free of rodents, ensuring your peace of mind.

Signs That Suggest a Rodent Infestation

The last thing a residential or commercial property owner wants is to deal with a rodent infestation. It becomes even more problematic when you’re not 100% sure if your house or office has become the hub of mice and rats, which makes you paranoid. For that reason, it’s important to look out for the following signs:

Rodent Droppings

Rodent droppings are a telltale indication of rodent presence. When fresh, the droppings are dark and moist. However, they become dry and gray after some time. By the condition of rodent droppings, you can tell if they’re nearby. And you’ll most likely find them near food sources, like kitchen cabinets.

Gnaw Marks

When rats and mice hunt for food, they leave no stone unturned. They’ll chew through cardboard boxes, pipes, drywall, and other materials to curb hunger. So, if you’ve seen gnaw marks on food packages, there’s a high chance rodents have infested your property.

Strange Noises

Generally, rats and mice come out at night searching for food or water. Though most people are asleep during that time, if you’re not, you may hear strange noises, like a critter scratching or scurrying. This is a major sign of the little invaders running around your space.

Strange Noises

This is an indirect method of becoming aware of the presence of rodents. If you have a cat or dog, they’ll know about the rats and mice before you do. And your pets will try to inform you by taking an interest in a particular area, which could be where they saw rodents.

The Hiding Places of Rodents

Rats and mice are skilled at finding cracks and holes through which they can squeeze. That’s precisely what makes them so difficult to spot. Though it may not always be the case, rodents seek solace in these places:
  • Areas close to heat sources
  • Cluttered areas
  • Inside furniture, walls, and storage boxes
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Pantries
  • Sinks
  • Under appliances

 

Apart from these, rodents may hide in areas that are commonly overlooked. That’s all the more reason to consider hiring our technicians; they are well-versed in finding spaces where rats and mice may find shelter.

The Viruses Rodents Can Transmit

The presence of rats and mice causes more than discomfort to property owners; the diseases rodents bring with them can be life-threatening. And the fact that only a few people are aware of the health risks makes rodents even more dangerous. Here are some of the most common viruses that the tiny creatures are known for spreading:

Hantavirus

There are several ways through which people can contract hantavirus, but rodent infestation tops the list. Rats and mice leave droppings, urine, and saliva; if you touch these or other nesting particles, you can contract hantavirus. Its symptoms include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches.

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV)

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV) is another infectious virus associated with rodents. House mice transmit it through their urine, droppings, and saliva. The spread of the LCMV becomes especially common in winter because rodents seek warmer habitats during the season. This infection has two phases: the first has flu-like symptoms, while the second entails neurological diseases.

Plague

The bubonic plague pandemic that caused millions of people to die in Europe centuries ago was transmitted by fleas that had infected rats. Though it’s been years since that happened, the threat remains the same. Even today, an infected flea could bite a rodent, which might make its way to your property.

Our Process for Eliminating Rodents

The internet is full of DIY videos telling you how to get rid of rodents without enlisting the help of a professional. While they may work for a critter or two, dealing with an infestation is different. That’s because you can’t use homemade traps to eliminate a large number of rats or mice.
So, if the rodent population on your property is more than just a few, it’s best to call the experts. And not just anyone; get in touch with an exterminator who will do the job the right way the first time – like AlienWerks Pest Management. Though we make changes to it if necessary, our process looks like this:
  • We’ll perform an inspection to determine the number of rodents and whether it’s a rat or mouse infestation.
  • Our proficient technicians will create a plan to exterminate the infestation, after which we’ll quote a price.
  • Once we’re on the same page, we’ll seal the points where rodents can enter.
  • We’ll set up traps in your basement, kitchen, attic, yard, and other places to lure a small number of rodents.
  • Traps won’t be enough for a large infestation, which is why we’ll resort to fumigation. 

 

Following a detailed process allows us to not only rid your property of rodents but ensure they never enter again. This way, you and everyone around you can protect their overall well-being.

Post-Rat Control Treatment

To ensure the effectiveness of our treatment lasts long, keep a few things in mind. For starters, keep your kids and pets away from the space. Other tips include:
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Throw food scraps in the trash
  • Wash all the crockery and other kitchen appliances
  • Wear a protective mask and gloves before entering the treated area
  • Wipe down the surfaces with antibacterial liquids

Ready to Eliminate Rodents for Good?

Rat or mice infestation is difficult to manage on your own. In some cases, it can take months before you can wipe their existence off your property. Fortunately, we don’t take much time and provide thorough and quick pest control services.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Rats and mice belong to the same species – rodents – but they’re not similar. They have many distinguishing features, such as size and droppings.
No, you can’t rid your property of rats and mice on your own. Although there are a few methods, they aren’t effective against a rodent infestation.
Yes, rats and mice are known to spread a number of diseases. And some of them can be potentially life-threatening.

While performing inspections, we ask property owners about the areas where they saw rodent activities. So, it’s important that you’re there when our team arrives.

Both rodent species are known for biting humans when they feel threatened. However, rats are more likely to do so as compared to mice.

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