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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 formulated to abate current infestations. It is recommended to remove the population before deploying preventative methods. Each situation requires a unique treatment plan and additional stops may be required. The experts at Richland Pest & Bee will advise you on the best course of action. At the first appointment we will evaluate the property and set up our materials. At following appointments, we will inspect the materials for rodent activity and update you on our findings. 

Once the current infestation is reduced, Richland will perform a thorough exclusion inspection and will go over what we do, why we do it, and what to expect. 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 multiple treatments or continued treatment to make sure infestations are removed and prevented from returning. Residential infestations of rodents depend on the size of the property, the number of treatments required, and any follow-up treatments needed. 

For us to provide a more accurate estimate for treatment, give us a call at 1-800-308-9126 so we can discuss your specific situation.  

It is recommended to have pest treatments done by a trained, 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 application in your home. For other questions regarding health and safety, give us a call 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 food sources which are readily available in your home. They are a commensal organism – meaning that they live off of 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 usually not recommended as it is difficult to keep up with growing rodent populations. The best way to get rid of mice for good 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. 

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. 

Mice can become pregnant when they are six weeks old. After about three weeks (19-21 days), they will have babies. The litters can range from 3-14 babies, 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.

Many mice carry diseases, which can be spread through their droppings. If the droppings end up near your food, 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 or rat can penetrate even the smallest gaps, cracks, and holes, down to ¼ inch.

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 knowing. 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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