Rats and mice are some of the most common pests in the United States, but they are particularly fond of Florida’s warm weather. Both pests are highly adaptable. They can survive on minimal amounts of food and water and can enter buildings through the tiniest gaps.
There are plenty of scary things about rodent infestations. First, rats and mice breed throughout the year. A single pair can produce 30 or 40 offspring in one year. Second, rodents transmit dozens of serious viruses and parasites that can be contracted by inhaling rodent dirt or droppings and by handling or consuming contaminated food. Salmonella, plague and hantavirus are just a few of the illnesses that rodents carry. Fleas that live on rodents are also capable of transmitting blood-borne diseases to people and pets.
Norway Rats and Roof Rats
Rats are significantly larger and more destructive than mice. These hefty rodents can weigh up to a pound and are equipped with sharp teeth that can easily gnaw through plastic containers, drywall and wood. As the name implies, roof rats prefer elevated areas, including attics, ceiling voids and cupboards. Rats are easily recognized by their long, scaly tails and large droppings. Norway rats are found throughout the continental United States. Roof rats have a smaller range that includes warm, ocean-influenced regions that are associated with Miami, Palm Beach and southern Florida.
Mice might be small, but they are very destructive. They can damage building materials, contaminate food supplies, expose electrical wires and ruin your business reputation. Some of the most common species are house mice, field mice, white-footed mice and deer mice. These are easily confused with voles that can wreak havoc on your lawn and landscape plantings.
Rats and mice thrive in Florida’s mild climate. If left unchecked, populations can easily overrun your home or business. Acting as soon as a rodent problem is detected is the best way to prevent an infestation from developing or worsening. If you’ve found rodent droppings, heard suspicious noises or seen activity around your home or business, we can locate nesting sites, remove rodents, pinpoint entry points and take steps to prevent your unwanted guests from returning.
Our team uses highly effective pest management techniques to keep your home or business free from rodents, insects and nuisance species while protecting the environment. We’re pleased to offer a 110 percent money-back guarantee on all of our pest control services. If you’re in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach or anywhere in southern Florida, Diligent Services is the company to call. You’re welcome to use our website or contact us directly to request a free quote for any of our pest control services.