I want to set the record straight on my position on rodents. I thought the movie Ratatouille was very funny even if it made me think twice about dining out in Paris! Did you see the cinematic epic Mouse Hunt with Nathan Lane? More than 700 of my Western Exterminator colleagues, their families and I enjoyed the world premiere and had a good laugh. I also enjoy visiting a certain theme park, riding the rides and swapping my legendary top hat for a pair of mouse ears with my name stitched on them.
However, my issue with rodents is that they don’t seem to know their boundaries. If they want to star in movies (I’m guessing they wreak havoc on the commissary table!) or run an amusement park, more power to them. But if they want to take up residence in one of my customers’ homes or businesses, then I have a problem.
As my long-time acquaintance Menace Mouse can attest, I do not like seeing evidence of a rodent infestation in one of Western Exterminator Company’s residential customers in Phoenix, San Diego or Sacramento.
I like it even less when one of our valued commercial customers in Las Vegas or Hollywood has a mouse problem in a restaurant kitchen or food storage warehouse (Talk about taking a bite out of your reputation!). And my colleagues at Western Exterminator Company share these feelings.
Rodents have several very unappealing traits including the risk of transmitting disease, causing significant structural damage to buildings, and spoiling food supplies.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rats and mice spread over 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent. I’m sure with this knowledge you now share my disgust!
They are, to say the least, very rude and unwelcome guests. If anyone was going to be asked to leave a party, it would be them!
As the calendar rolls through fall and colder winter weather quickly approaches, rodents look to relocate indoors searching for consistent food and water sources. After all, wherever we find it warm and inviting, so do rodents.
In my many years working with rodents (rodent management has been part of the core services offered by Western since our founding in 1921), my knowledgeable colleagues at Western Exterminator Company and I have developed proven effective strategies to keep your home or business rodent-free. My first thought is to use my handy mallet but along with my esteemed technical colleagues I realize there are less dramatic ways to eliminate rodents!
Exclusion is an important part of a successful rodent management program and there are several steps consumers can take to keep rodents out of their homes and businesses.
- Rodent proof the exterior of homes or commercial structures. The best line of defense is to keep them out. Caulk or seal any openings larger than a dime with hardware cloth, metal or similar materials. Pay special attention around the foundation and roof or at openings where pipes or wires enter the structure. Make sure weather stripping around exterior doors, including garage doors, is in good condition. Remember, rodents can squeeze through openings as small as the diameter of a pencil, so most any opening is large enough to allow rodents inside.
- Don’t feed the rodents. Keep pet food and other food products in sealed plastic containers and not in easily accessible areas such as attached garages, carports, screen rooms or porches. Rodents love easy access to even the smallest “buffet” so pick up Rover’s food bowl when it is not being used.
- Check possible water sources. Rodents need water to survive, so inspect your property for possible rodent “water parks.” Remember, rodents are small and don’t need a lot of water to keep going. Limit water sources by fixing leaky pipes or removing standing water in and around structures.
- Don’t sabotage all your hard work. Check packages and other items such as firewood for signs of rodent infestation before bringing them indoors. Rodents are very sneaky and patient creatures, and will hitch a ride in a box to gain access to the great indoors!
If you have tried one or all of these tips and still have rodents, don’t panic. Our team of highly trained pest specialists will use proven, environmentally sensitive solutions to remove rodents from your home or business. Call 800/937-8398 or visit www.WesternExterminator.com to schedule a service appointment.
Do you have questions about rodents or other pests? If so, I want to hear them. You can send me an e-mail at AskMrLittle@WesternExterminator.com. I’ll be sure to get back to you right away with an answer.
Until next time, thanks for making Western Exterminator Company “The Final Word in Pest Control®”
Have a pest free day!