Click through the questions below to learn more about rodent habits and treatment options from Richland Pest & Bee Control.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out by contacting us online, or giving us a call at 1-800-308-9126.

Our Reactive Program is designed to treat current infestations. It is the first step in any of our rodent treatment plants, as we highly recommend reducing any existing populations before beginning preventative measures. At the first appointment, we will evaluate the property and determine the best areas to set up our materials. At all following appointments, we will inspect the materials for rodent activity, replace materials as needed, and update you on our findings. 

Once the current infestation is reduced, Richland will perform a complimentary exclusion inspection – weather permitting. At that time we will provide you with a report outlining our recommendations for your next steps. We know it is important to protect your property and family – which is why we will always be thorough and transparent.

The costs of rodent control will vary depending on the size of the infestation, the size of the property, and whether it’s a residential or commercial property.

Commercial properties may require continuous treatment to ensure infestations are removed and prevent them from returning. Pricing for residential infestations of rodents depends on the size of the property, the number of treatments required, and any follow-up treatments needed. 

In order to provide you with a free estimate specific to your needs, give us a call at 1-800-308-9126 so we can discuss your property.  

It is recommended to have pest treatments performed by a trained and licensed professional. It is very common for non-professionals to misuse poison or other products that can hurt or injure non-target organisms. The best way to keep your family safe is to have a high-level professional like Richland take care of the treatment in your home. For other questions regarding health and safety, give us a call at 800-308-9126 and we would be happy to discuss your specific treatment questions. 

Some common signs of a rodent infestation are seeing droppings, rub marks along baseboards & walls, the smell of ammonia, chew marks on wood or wires, scratching noises within the walls or seeing an actual rodent. 

Mice are attracted to your home because they are looking for a warm, safe place to build nests and give birth to their pups. They are also constantly on the lookout for the types of food sources that are readily available in your home. They are a commensal organism – meaning that they benefit from humans and do not return the favor!

Professional rodent control is the easiest and most efficient way to eliminate an infestation. Due to the rapid reproduction rates of mice and rats, DIY pest control is not recommended as it is difficult to keep up with growing rodent populations. The most effective long-term solution to get rid of mice is through our Rodent Exclusion services. Read more about our Exclusion services here.

Although the signs of rats and mice are very similar, there are a few differences to help you determine which rodent is infesting your home. Rats are a larger-bodied species than mice, which means that they eat more food, leave larger droppings, and may leave greasy rub marks against walls. Knowing which rodent is infesting your home is important because it makes a difference in the treatment plan. If you are unsure which pesky rodent is invading your space, we can help determine the culprit.

Mice that are inhabiting your home have easy access to food, water, and shelter. Therefore, they tend to have a lifespan of around 12-18 months. However, mice that live predominantly outdoors in the wild tend to survive less than a year. Mice that are kept in a laboratory setting can live up to 3-4 years.

Mice can become pregnant when they are six weeks old. Their pregnancy lasts about three weeks (19-21 days) before the babies, called pups, are born. The litters can range from 3-14 pups, with the average being seven. Then the females can become pregnant again right away. And since her new babies can now become pregnant in six weeks, the mice just continue to multiply. What’s more, one female can have between five and ten litters each year, and there is no off-season.

Mice have been known to carry up to 35 different diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus, which can be spread through their urine or droppings. Rodent droppings can also trigger allergies, causing respiratory distress. Mice are capable of dropping up to 25,000 fecal pellets each year, and if the droppings end up near your food storage or preparation areas, you and your family could get sick. They can also spread diseases by carrying fleas, ticks, or mites into your home.

They can bite, but it is very rare. They are very shy, so when it comes to interacting with humans, they will run and hide whenever possible. Believe it or not, they are more scared of you than you are of them!

A mouse can penetrate even the smallest gaps, cracks, and crevices, down to a quarter of an inch. Even rats, though larger-bodied creatures, can squeeze through holes as small as half an inch in diameter. For that reason, we provide a complimentary exclusion inspection for our rodent package customers to help identify any potential rodent entry points and provide recommendations on how to block them off. 

Mice are omnivores, which means they will eat both plants and meat. They are generally attracted to seeds, grains and fruits but will eat just about anything they can get their hands on if given the opportunity. They are scavengers and opportunists!

Mice and rats are nocturnal. Because of this, a rodent infestation could escalate in your home or business without your knowledge. This, in combination with rodents’ very rapid reproductive cycle, means by the time you detect a pest problem, it could already be out of hand.

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