Have you been sitting still and silent in a room when you hear sounds from under the floor? You sit there wondering if your ears are playing tricks on you when you hear the scratching sounds beneath your feet again. Upon hearing the noise, you begin to ask: what is under my house, and are there rats or mice living in my crawlspace?
If you suspect you have rats, mice, or another rodent in your home, you need the professionals from the Jacksonville pest control team at Trad’s Pest Control. Since 1971, we have been removing rodents in homes; we know how to get them back to where they belong and out of your house
Signs Of Rodents In Your Home
Like other pests, rodents in Florida stay hidden during the day and avoid humans when possible. Although secretive during the day, they leave the following clues of their presence in your Jacksonville home:
- Gnaw marks: Rodents chew through wires, plastic, cardboard, and other materials using the pair of front incisors in their mouths.
- Fecal material: Rodents leave rod-shaped droppings behind appliances, alongside baseboards, and inside cabinets.
- Food pathways: Rodents create paths to food sources identifiable by food, fecal droppings, and rub marks.
- Rub marks: Rodents have oily fur, and when they rub against walls along their food pathways, they leave oily marks.
- Tracks: Rodents leave four and five-toed prints along their pathways.
- Odor: Rodents use their strong-smelling urine to communicate with each other.
- Burrows: Rodents, such as mice, create nests in insulation and other materials in the home.
If signs of rodents are visible in your Jacksonville home, you need the Florida rodent control team from Trad’s Pest Control to remove them before they cause more damage or spread disease to your family.
Can Rodents In Your House Make You Sick?
Florida rodents include Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice, and these rodents invade Jacksonville homes spreading the following diseases:
- Rat-bite fever
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM)
Viruses and bacteria are spread to humans whenever a rodent bites a human, whether by direct contact or through surfaces contaminated by the rodent’s urine, feces, or saliva. Pathogens may also spread when fleas, ticks, or mites, infected by the rodent, bite household members.
Family members who come into contact with a rodent may experience no symptoms, or they may experience life-threatening swelling of the tissue around the brain or spinal cord. Avoid putting your family at risk from mice in Florida, and use our trained experts from Trad’s Pest Control for rodent removal.
The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Rodents In Jacksonville
Because rodents bite and scratch when threatened, it is not safe to remove them without professional help. Rodents live in tight spaces in the home that do not allow you much room for escape should they attack. The possibility of contracting a disease through contact is not worth the effort of attempting to remove the rodents yourself.
The safest way to get rid of rodents in Jacksonville is to secure the services of Trad’s Pest Control. Our family-run company is certified as QualityPro by the National Pest Management Association — an honor given to only 3% of pest control companies.
Tips To Keep Rodents Away From Your Home For Good
Proper sanitation inside and outside your Jacksonville home will keep rodents out of the house. Maintaining a clean property involves keeping garbage can lids closed, removing debris from the yard, garage, shed, and attic, and vacuuming the house regularly. Eliminating high moisture areas from leaky pipes or poor ventilation will also deter rodents from residing in your home.
Applying these tips, plus the rodent removal service from Trad’s Pest Control, will give you a rodent-free home. Contact us and schedule an inspection so you can have peace of mind.