Top Rated Rodent Control Services For Homes And Businesses In DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia
Miche Pest Control is a top rated, family owned and operated pest control company that provides exterminating services that get rid of mice, rats, and voles from properties in Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia. Our expert technicians get rid of rodents fast, and use preventative methods to keep rats and mice from coming back after they've been eliminated. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - give us a call today!
Rodent Control Services In DC, MD & VA
Miche Pest Control provides rodent control services for mice, rats, and voles in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. We get rid of rodents fast by using a combination of trapping, entry point exclusion, and outside bait stations. Included in your first rodent control service from Miche Pest Control:
- Entry Point Inspection
- Sealing Rodent Entry Points
- Trapping Mice & Rats Inside
- Tamper-Resistant Bait Stations Outside
We use tamper-resistant bait stations combined with products that are registered with the EPA, and labeled for use in and around homes, day cares, and pet kennels. The first service gets rid of any existing rats, mice, or voles, and immediately starts working to keep rodents from coming back after they've been eliminated. A couple months later, once the bait starts to deteriorate or run out and rodent populations start rebounding, mice and rats usually come back - that's why we do six services per year, and more if you need. If you're having issues with rodents in between regular services, just let us know and as needed, we'll go back out in between services at no extra cost.
Mouse Control Services In DC, MD & VA
There are several types of mice that invade homes and businesses in Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia. There are mice that are more comfortable nesting outside the home, and some that are very comfortable nesting inside. Because mice can nest inside or outside the home, Miche Pest Control technicians don't just place bait stations inside and outside; we use mouse traps inside to get rid of the mice that are inside quickly, we seal entry points to keep mice outside, and we use tamper-resistant bait stations outside to eliminate mice from around the structure. Our comprehensive approach gets mice populations under control quickly, and protects against future mouse infestations.
Rat Control Services In DC, MD & VA
The primary species of rat in Washington DC, Maryland & Northern VA is the Norway rat, with the Roof rat being far less common. When the Roof rat is found in our area, it is typically found in areas that have served historically as ports (Baltimore and Alexandria, for example). Norway rats typically nest in burrows, and can be found infesting crawlspaces, mulch beds, and other places around homes and businesses. Because rats can forage as far as 100 to 150 feet from their nest, sealing active and potential rat entry points is a critical part of rat control. Trapping rats as a standalone is frequently ineffective, but when coupled with sealing entry points, can often get rid of rats inside a home or business. An essential component of every rat control service from Miche Pest Control is the installation and maintenance of tamper-resistant rat bait stations. Our systematic, thorough approach to rat control gets rid of rats fast, and protects against future rat infestations.
Vole Control Services In DC, MD & VA
Voles can cause large amounts of damage to lawns in Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia, but only in the rarest of circumstances will invade homes and businesses. When they do, it is more often by accident. Identifying the entry point(s) the voles got in through will help prevent them from getting inside in the future, but the most important part of a vole elimination program from Miche Pest Control is to place tamper-resistant bait stations in their paths, to get rid of the voles outside. After eliminating the voles in your yard, we move the bait stations to the edge of the yard, to keep voles from invading from neighboring properties.
Tamper-Resistant Rodent Bait Stations Reduce Outdoor Rodent Populations In DC, MD & VA
A key component of our plan to eliminate rodents from any structure is the use of tamper-resistant bait stations around the outside perimeter. We place these stations strategically, near rodent burrows, against walls, and along the rodents' travel routes, looking for signs of rodent activity such as droppings, gnawing, tracks, and rub marks (sebum). We use stations that are designed to be resistant to destruction or weakening by the weather, and strong enough to prohibit entry or destruction by dogs and children under 6 years old. They are easy to lock, and the entrances are large enough for both rats and mice, but keep out larger animals and birds. They come with a concrete block inside of them to help anchor them in place, and are designed to contain the baits securely inside the station.
Sealing Up Rodent Entry Points (Exclusion) Is The Best Way To Keep Rodents Outside
Rodent exclusion is the act of sealing up active and potential rodent entry points. Rats and mice can squeeze through surprisingly small holes because they have rib cages that are partially collapsible, with their ribs able to flex more than most other mammals, and their bodies are long and flexible. The general rule is that if a rat or mouse can fit its head through a hole, the rest of its body will be able to fit without much difficulty. All but the largest, overweight rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, and mice can fit through holes the size of a dime. For an exclusion service to work, every hole that could possibly allow a rodent entry into your home needs to be located and sealed. Arguably the single most important part of any rodent control service, exclusion is necessary to keep rats and mice out of the building after you have gotten rid of them. Usually, when a rodent infestation first gets established in a structure, there may be only one or two entry points, but the longer an infestation is established in a building, the more entry points there are likely to be, because rats and mice have teeth that never stop growing, and as a rodent population increases, so does its need to gnaw and chew to keep each rodent's teeth in check.
Which Is Better, Baiting Or Trapping Rodents Inside Of A Home?
We firmly believe that the best method to get rid of mice or rats inside is to trap them, not to use bait stations inside. Trapping mice and rats instead of baiting them gives you more control over where they die, which helps to prevent cases where rodents die in the HVAC system, and stink up the whole house. It also helps avoid having to cut into the wall to remove dead rodents from behind drywall. Trapping is an essential part of any rat or mouse control program meant to get rid of rats or mice from inside a home or business.
Rodent Trapping Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Rats & Mice Inside
If rats, mice, or voles have already found their way inside, we jump-start the control process by trapping them on the inside. Depending on your needs and preferences, we may use snap traps, glue traps, and/or multi-catch traps. Traps for rodents are typically best placed in natural choke points such as known pathways or by known entry points. Sometimes, older, more experienced rats may have learned to avoid traps. When this is the case, we may augment our trapping efforts with rodent-specific, food-grade attractants.
Rodents Damage Buildings & Cause Structural Fires In DC, MD & VA
Each year, rodents cause significant damage to property, crops, and food supplies across the US. Rats and mice damage homes, apartments, offices, and any other type of building, primarily by gnawing, but also by their nest building activities. Mice will chew on pretty much anything that may be useful in building their nests - this could be paper, cloth, or books, among other things.
Rodents will gnaw and burrow into upholstered furniture and cars to create nests that are hidden from view. Because they are excellent climbers, they can easily scale the side of a house into the attic, where they will burrow and nest inside the insulation.
Mice and rats are also well known to chew on wires, and are estimated to be responsible for as high as 25% of house fires where the cause has not yet been determined. They will also build nests inside electrical appliances, where their chewing on the wires can cause the appliance to short circuit or other malfunction, and can also lead to a fire.
Rats & Mice Can Spread (Vector) Diseases In DC, MD & VA
In addition to causing damage, rats and mice can spread diseases, posing a significant risk to the health of the public. Rodent-borne diseases can be spread to humans when rodents bite, when they contaminate food, water, and food preparation surfaces, as well as when rodent droppings & urine become airborne in the form of dust. Rodents are also a common host for ticks, mites and fleas, which can infect a person by biting that person after feeding on an infected rodent.
Diseases known to be spread by rodents include the following (and more):
Get Rid Of Anticoagulant Resistant Rats & Mice With Miche Pest Control
In addition to trapping the rodents inside and sealing their entry points, as a core component of our rodent control program, we use Selontra rodent bait. We use Selontra because it is effective even against anticoagulant-resistant rodents, and it has been found to have a fast colony kill, controlling most infestations in seven days. Its patented formulation offers proven palatability to rodents, even when other food sources are available. In addition to that, its active ingredient, Cholecalciferol, has a relatively low risk for secondary poisoning to birds and mammals in comparison to the most commonly used rodenticides (second generation anticoagulant rodenticides are the most common). Cholecalciferol is a naturally occurring compound within animals, and is neither persistent nor bio-accumulative.
Protect Your Home Or Business With The Help Of Miche Pest Control!
Miche Pest Control provides comprehensive, highly effective rodent control services throughout the greater DC, Baltimore, and Fairfax areas. If you’re looking for an exterminator to get rid of mice, rats, or voles, you’ve come to the right place. We use a combination of different control measures to eliminate rodents from homes and businesses: traps for mice & rats inside, exclusion to keep rodents out of the structure once they've been removed, and tamper-resistant bait stations outside to reduce rat & mouse populations around your property.
Whether you’re looking for rodent control for your home business, Miche Pest Control can help. Serving Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC, we provide comprehensive rodent solutions. As a family owned and operated business, we would love the chance to earn your loyalty. We look forward to your call!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you control rodents?
Rodents are dangerous pests that spread illnesses and cause serious damage to your house. Controlling a rodent infestation requires skill, experience, and attention to detail. Miche Pest Control provides rodent control using a combination of different methods: trapping, exclusion, and proactive/preventative bait stations.
How much does rodent control cost?
Each rodent infestation is unique and requires a different combination of treatment methods. If you have a rodent problem, we'll recommend a solution that depends in part on performing an inspection of your home. After the inspection, we will then provide you with a custom quote based on the needs of your home and your specific rodent issue.
How to control pests and rodents?
A home that is unprotected can easily become infested by pests and rodents. In order to control them, you need the proper pest or rodent control systems in place. While you can do some pest control yourself, professional pest control gives you the extra peace of mind.
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