Call (813) 775-4195 today! Tampa Exterminators also offers rodent control and rodent removal to the Tampa, Florida and surrounding areas. If you have mice, pests, rodents, gophers, squirrels, or other pests or rodents that you want to be removed Tampa Exterminators can be your rodent control specialist! As social creatures, both rats and mice tend to get lonely without companions, which is why generally when you are not dealing with one little mouse, but rather his whole extended family. Just as you would tell your friends and family about the great restaurant you have found to eat, a mouse or rat will bring along companions to share in the food, warmth, and hospitality your home has to offer, whether you like it or not. Mice The adult house mouse is small and slender and about one to two inches long, excluding its tail. The tail is as long as the head and body combined. It has large ears, a pointed nose and small eyes. The fur color varies, but it is usually a light grey or brown, but could be darker shades. You can tell them apart from native mice by their almost furless ears and scaly tails. They are good climbers, swimmers, and jumpers. They can run as fast as 8 miles per hour. Even so, they seldom travel farther than 50 feet from their homes. House mice in a city environment may spend their entire life in buildings. In rural and suburban settings, mice may not only live inside, but be found outside near foundations, in shrubbery, weeds, crawl spaces, basements, or in garages. They make their nest from soft material like paper, insulation, or furniture stuffing. These nests can be found in many places including walls, ceiling voids, storage boxes, drawers, under major appliances, or within the upholstery of furniture. Outside nests are found in debris or in ground burrows. Mice are considered nibblers, eating at many times and at different places. Mice will snack every one to two hours throughout the day. However, they do have two main meal times, one just before dawn and the other at dusk. Many times in kitchens you will find gnawing damage on the corner of boxes and paper which is shredded for their nest. Gophers Pocket gophers are the most common type of gopher. These rodents can be anywhere from 5 to 14 inches long. Pocket gophers have fur-lined pouches outside of the mouth, one on each side of the face. These pockets, which are capable of being turned inside out, are used for carrying food. Gophers are active year round, but are the most visibly active in the spring and fall when the soil is of the ideal moisture content for digging. They are extremely well adapted and built for an underground existence. Gopher underground burrows can be very deep, up to several feet, and several hundred feet in length. As gophers dig burrows, pushing the soil to the surface, they leave a mound, usually in a fan shaped According to the CDC, rodents can directly transmit a variety of diseases including the following: Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome Lassa Fever Leptospirosis Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM) Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever Plague Rat-Bite Fever Salmonellosis South American Arenaviruses Tularemia While not all rodents will be carriers of the above diseases, they can still be a nuisance around the house as they chew everything in sight. It is not uncommon to find chewed electrical cords and food supplies when mice or rats are involved. They will chew through practically anything when trying to get to food. However, they don’t have to chew a very large hole as mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar. This is often times how mice and rats originally come to be in a home or business. They have squeezed through some tiny hole that no one noticed. For this reason it is important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place. This is a service that Tampa Exterminators provides in its list of extermination services. Common areas to find these holes and gaps inside your home include: In the basement or crawl space. In the basement and laundry room floor drains. Between the floor and wall juncture. Around floor vents and dryer vents. Inside the attic. Inside, under, and behind kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and stoves. Inside closets near the floor corners. Around doors. Around the fireplace. Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines. Around the pipes going to hot water heaters and furnaces. Now, when looking for these areas don’t forget that mice can and do climb quite well and will often follow plumbing up to the second floor. Also, don’t forget to look on the outside of your home as well. The last thing you want is a rodent trapped in your walls and scratching away night and day. Some good places to look for holes and gaps on the outside of your home include: Around and under doors. Around holes for electrical, plumbing, cable, and gas lines. Around the foundation Attic vents and crawl space vents. Around windows. In the roof among the rafters, gables, and eaves. Fill any small holes and gaps you find with steel wool kept in place with caulking around the edges. Larger holes can be fixed with cement, metal sheeting, lath metal, lath screen, or hardware cloth. Flashing can also be used around the base of the home to prevent entry. If this all sounds like too much work for you, that is okay as well. Tampa Exterminators would be happy to not only rid your home of rodents, but to secure it from future invasions as well. Just give us a call at (813) 775-4195 to schedule your consultation.