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Rat & Mice Control

Rats and mice are well known as carriers of parasites and disease. The health risks they present to people are well documented and notworth risking. Progressive Pest Control’s technicians are thoroughly trained in rodent habits, life cycles and methods of control. When your technician is on the job you can be assured that you are receiving the best assistance possible in controlling your rodent issues. Your technician will not only take the necessary measures to get rid of the rodents which have invaded your home or business but, prior to even beginning the work, will inspect the premises and identify the areas where rats and mice are gaining access and inform you of the steps to be taken to rid your property o these pests.

Rodent Droppings

Rodent droppings should be handled with utmost care. Particularly after they have dried, feces can be reservoirs of a variety of dangerous diseases and viruses. These dry droppings break apart upon contact and release airborne particles that may enter your nasal passages, causing infection. Do not handle droppings in your home without first taking preventive measures. Tightly fitted facemasks and rubber gloves are highly advisable. Avoid sweeping or vacuuming the location, as this may lead to further release and dispersal of virus particles. Sterilization of affected areas with spray disinfectant is recommended. The droppings, saliva and urine of certain rodent species are known to transmit Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Disturbance of the droppings causes the virus to go airborne in a process known as aerosolization. Deer mice are the most common transmitters of HPS. Although transmission is rare, HPS can prove deadly if left untreated. Symptoms include tachycardia and tachypnoea. Cardiovascular shock may occur in severe cases. Rodent control is still considered the most effective prevention of HPS. Contact your local pest control professional to discuss extermination options.

Contact Progressive at the first sign of a rodent infestation. Rodents are not only a hazard to human health, but can compromise the integrity of an infested structure through continuous gnawing. Furthermore, rodents breed continuously and populations grow rapidly. The most efficient rodent extermination methods are those administered by trained professionals.

norway_rat_01Rat-borne Diseases

Considered responsible for the Black Plague during the Middle Ages, rats are still well-known carriers of over 70 diseases. From the transmission of bubonic plague to typhus and Hantavirus, rat infestations can prove harmful to human health.

One of the most dangerous rat-borne diseases is the bubonic plague and its variants. Transfer occurs when infested rats or rat fleas bite human beings. Symptoms include headache, weakness and coughing. Septicemic plague may result in bleeding into the skin and other organs. This fatal disease often kills within the same day that symptoms first appear.

Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage. Complications include renal and liver failure, as well as cardiovascular problems. Approximately half of the reported cases of leptospirosis are fatal. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, a viral infectious disease, is transmitted through the saliva and urine of rats. This disease results in fever, malaise, appetite loss, muscle aches, headache, nausea and vomiting. Victims may also experience inflammation of the central nervous system and can contract meningitis or encephalitis. Some individuals experience long-term effects of lymphocytic choriomeningitis, while others experience only temporary discomfort.

Rodent Control Information

Prevention methods should be implemented early in order to maintain a rodent-free home. Rodents reproduce rapidly and small populations become full-blown infestations in very little time.

Keep any possible food sources away from rodents. Small crumbs and garbage are popular sources of infestation, as are dry goods such as grainsnorway_rat_02 and cereals. These should be kept in sealed metal or glass containers to prevent contamination. Fruits and vegetables should also be stored properly and resulting waste should never be left in sinks or on counters. Cardboard objects prove attractive to rodents, as they tend to chew them up for use in their nests.

In the event of an existing infestation, burrows and hovels should be located. These should be stuffed with steel wool and covered with concrete, plaster or spackle. Rats and squirrels may be found in the rafters of buildings, so examine these areas for entry sites. Voles, gophers, chipmunks and most mice are terrestrial. They will enter homes through holes located near ground level.

Baits may be used to lure rats into traps. However, rats are highly suspicious of anything new that comes into their established foraging paths. Glue and classic snap traps are available for purchase, but rats are capable of escaping from glue traps and mice often jump over them. Classic snap traps tend to make unsightly messes and must be reset after each use. Although poisons are commercially available, they are toxic to humans and pets so care must be exercised with their use.

Rodent Control Options

  • Glue Boards: Low odor, fast acting, chemical free, easy removal and clean up.
  • Mechanical Traps: Fast acting, chemical free, easy removal and humane.
  • Baiting Systems: Multiple targets, fast acting and system box protects non-target animals from harm.

Progressive would like you to know that no matter which service you select we stand by our employees and the services they provide so you can rest assured that the job will be done right the first time, every time. Progressive Pest Control offers a wide range of Guarantees varying from service to service. If you have any questions regarding these or any other service(s) provided by Progressive Pest Control please feel free to visit the “Contact Us” page to email or call and one of our highly trained professionals will be glad to assist you.

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