Top Rated Rodent Control Services In DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia
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. Give us a call today!
Rats & Mice Can Spread Diseases
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 and water, when rodent droppings & urine become airborne as dust, and when ticks, mites or fleas bite a person after feeding on an infected rodent.
Rodents Cause Damage To Structures
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 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.
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 a part of our Rodent Control program.
If rodents 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.
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.
Exterior Rodent Control With Tamper-Resistant Bait Stations
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. 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.
Get Rid Of Rats & Mice Fast 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 low risk for secondary poisoning to birds and mammals in comparison to the most commonly used rodenticides, being a naturally occurring compound within animals, as well as neither persistent nor bio-accumulative.
Rodent Control For Businesses In DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia
Running a business can be difficult, to say the least. Each business is different, with its own rodent control challenges. A business can be exposed to mice, rats, and all sorts of rodent infestations through its suppliers and neighboring properties. Your Miche Pest Control technician will build a customized rodent solution that meets your needs as well as your customers' needs.
Protect Your Home Or Business With The Help Of Miche Pest Control!
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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