Professional Assistance Is The Way To Go With Rodents On Your Memphis Property
January 15, 2021
From barbecue to the Blues to Graceland to the Memphis Zoo to Beale Street, it’s impossible to pick just one thing Memphis is famous for. With our music, nightlife, food, and attractions, we’re consistently rated one of the best cities to visit in the U.S. and even the world – and with good reason!
Unfortunately, if a city is attractive to humans, it’ll be equally attractive to rodents. Rats and mice get to enjoy all the barbecue, fried chicken, and southern comfort food Memphis has to offer, thanks to our trash. These rodents pose a serious problem for Memphis homeowners and commercial proprietors alike, and this problem is often a tough one to both prevent and solve.
Common Memphis Vermin
Rats and mice are a well-known staple of city life, and we’re no exception here in Memphis. Both pests come into our homes seeking shelter from the winter cold and summer heat, consistent water sources, and abundant food. They know they can get all that and more in human habitations, so they’re always sniffing around our homes and businesses – anywhere they can find resources.
It’s a common misconception that rats and mice infest the same places. Usually, if you have one, you won’t have the other. Rats are not attracted to the same foods as mice are. Mice are interested in grains and seeds, while rats will eat virtually anything organic in your garbage. That means if you keep a tight lid on your trash, mice might move in to get to the food in your pantry, but there won’t be much to attract rats. However, if there’s anything to attract a rat – trash, hiding spaces, easy access – then the bigger, meaner rats will outcompete the mice and drive them away.
Rats and mice aren’t just irritating – they are destructive and downright dangerous. These rodents transmit over 35 different illnesses, some of them quite deadly, through their dirty feet, contaminated hair, droppings, and the infected parasites they carry on and inside their bodies. Furthermore, rats and mice, like all rodents, have teeth that never stop growing throughout their entire lives. They must constantly gnaw on hard objects to grind down their enamel and ensure their teeth stay an appropriate size. Your wooden fixtures, plumbing pipes, fabric furniture, plastic containers, and even electrical wiring all make convenient chew toys.
Signs you’ve got a rodent infestation can sometimes be subtle, but if the problem is big enough, they can become hard to miss:
Nests made of insulation, cushion stuffing, torn fabrics, and other soft, shredded household materials.
Gnawing damage to property – remember rodents don’t just chew to grind their teeth but also to access your home and food storage.
Visible droppings and foul odors, especially in less-trafficked places in your home like attics or basements.
Scurrying noises at night (both rats and mice are nocturnal).
Evicting Your Uninvited Houseguests
If you’re like most people, it won’t take long for the rodents in your home to wear out their welcome. When that happens, you might be tempted to take care of the problem yourself. However, mousetraps, rat poisons, sticky traps, etc. can prove ineffective. They might kill a few individual animals, but they seldom rid your home of the entire infestation. They simply make room for new individuals to move in. Many of these methods also don’t kill right away, meaning that rats and mice can crawl somewhere inaccessible to die, leaving you with smelly, rotting rodent corpses in your home. Not to mention the hazards that poisons or snap traps can pose to small children and pets.
The best thing to do if you find yourself falling victim to a rodent infestation is to call the pros. Here at Mid-South Pest and Termite, we can not only eradicate the whole rat or mouse colony from your property but make sure those pesky pests stay gone for good. Our monthly and quarterly pest control plans offer safe, affordable options for both your peace of mind and your budget. If you’re ready to rid your property of rodents, give us a call at (901) 203-0783 or visit our contact page to schedule your appointment today!