Both mice and rats commonly invade homes in the Las Vegas Valley, looking for warm, secluded areas in which to build a nest. Keeping rodents out of your home is difficult because they can squeeze in through incredibly small spaces. Rats can enter a building through a hole the size of a quarter, while mice can get in using a hole the size of a dime!
Despite their small size, rodents are an extremely destructive threat to any building they occupy. Rodents’ teeth grow constantly, so they are always gnawing on whatever they can find in order to file them down. Insulation, drywall, wood, plastic and even some metals may be chewed through by rats and mice. Rodents particularly love to shred insulation to build nests for their young. Worst of all, rodents will not hesitate to bite into live electrical wires, which can cause your home or business to experience a power outage or a fire. An estimated 20% of unexplained fires in buildings are caused by rodents.
If you’ve discovered an infestation of rats or mice living inside your property, contact D-Termination Pest Control at 702-878-1002 so we can eliminate the troublesome rodents within your building!
Rodents will build their nest anywhere they can inside of a structure, generally somewhere that’s dark and warm. Attics and basements are common rodent nesting places, though they may also nest inside of your walls or even in a neglected cabinet or storage bin. Because rats and mice are small and primarily active at night, it’s easy for an infestation to go unnoticed for months. However, there are signs you can look out for.
Your first sign of rodents may be seeing or smelling their waste. Mice and rats will often leave small droppings and trails of urine near feeding sites. If you see these in your kitchen or another food storage area, it’s almost certain that you have a rodent infestation. Be careful when disposing of rodent droppings and urine, which are known to carry deadly diseases including hantavirus, leptospirosis and salmonella. You should also keep an eye out for rodent nests and signs of chewing on bags or boxes that contain food. It’s possible that you’ll hear the little pests squeaking or scratching about in your walls, too.
While eliminating a large scale rodent infestation from your home can be nearly impossible, there are many measures you can take to eliminate small numbers of rats and mice. Every hardware store in the Las Vegas area sells all manner of traps which you can use in and outside of your building. Contrary to popular belief, cheese is not a very good bait for rodents. Instead, try baiting your traps with peanut butter. Varieties of traps include standard snap traps which kill instantly, glue traps which ensnare and starve rodents, and poisoned bait boxes which kill rodents farther down the line. If you’d prefer to catch the invasive rodents alive, there are also live traps available, though be sure to release your rodents far away; otherwise they will likely reenter your home at the first opportunity.
The main reason that rodent infestations get out of hand so quickly is because rats and mice are both prolific breeders. Rodents will leave pheromone trails to lure others of their kind into your building and then breed multiple times per year. Mice can reproduce up to 10 times per year with as many as 14 babies per litter! Rats generally reproduce 7 times per year with a litter size of up to 12.
The majority of mice and rats found in Nevada are invasive species that originated in Europe or Asia. Many species, including Norway rats, black rats and house mice, first arrived in the United States aboard the boats of European settlers and have since spread across the country. Mice and rats have now proliferated in every city across the country, Las Vegas included. Antarctica is the only continent on Earth that is not populated by rodents, since they cannot survive in the extreme cold.
There are several factors that have allowed mice and rats to become some of the most successful invasive species on Earth. For starters, they are extremely adaptable and able to endure much harsher conditions than most larger animals. Rats and mice can go over a month without drinking water, since they get most of the fluids they need from their food. Speaking of water, they’re also capable swimmers who can tread water for three days! On top of this, rodents are surprisingly smart. Both rats and mice display high-level problem-solving skills, and their cleverness is why they’re popular both as lab animals and as pets. It’s also why they’ve been able to adapt to living in urban areas and thriving off of human presence where many other animals have experienced population decreases because of urban development.
Rodents are persistent pests that can cause a great deal of damage to your home or workplace, as well as spreading many dangerous diseases. Because they multiply quickly, it’s important to have rodents removed from your property as soon as possible. If you discover a rodent infestation in your building, call a reliable pest control company to remove them all in a timely manner.
Give D-Termination a call today at 702-878-1002 for all of your rodent control needs in the greater Las Vegas area!