Rodents can be a big problem for Southwest Florida residents. The lush vegetation, warm climate and plentiful water supply gives them everything they need to thrive. Places like Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, Fort Myers, Pine Island, Bokeelia, Boca Grande and Naples are undergoing a lot of development these days, and when buildings go up, habitats disappear.
As habitats disappear rats and mice seek out places to hide from predators, and new sources for food and shelter - your home offers them exactly that.
What kind of rodent control you put into place will depend on what kind of rodent you are talking about. Rats will usually require different methods than mice. Rats are much smarter than mice and they are more difficult to catch. Other rodents such as voles, gophers, woodchucks, squirrels and beavers will also require a unique approach depending on which one is creating the issue.
Getting Rid Of RodentsRats and mice are usually the first animals to come to mind when we think of rodents, but many other kinds of nuisance wildlife like chipmunks, squirrels, beavers, voles, guinea pigs, prairie dogs, gophers, chinchillas, and even porcupines, are members of the rodent family too. As a matter of fact, rodents make up one of the largest order of mammals on the planet today. To better serve you, we have lots of information for you on many kinds of nuisance wildlife that falls within the rodent category.
Generally, when someone is talking about a "rat", they will normally be referring to a Norway rat or a black rat, also known as a roof or ship rat. However, on occasion a young Norway or black rat will be misidentified as a mouse. As with any wildlife problem, it will be important to determine what kind of specific species is at the root of the problem. Different animals require different methods for wildlife control to be successful.
There are also several kinds of wildlife that are not members of the rodent family that are often mistakenly identified as such, including rabbits, moles, weasels, bats, skunks, armadillos and opossums.
Additional Topics Of ImportanceWhen it comes to rodent control, particularly rats and mice, there are some important things you should know. For instance, did you know that the placement of rat poison around your home can lead to deadly secondary poisoning of your pets or nearby wildlife? We offer rodent control services that do not involve poisons or dangerous chemicals.
Rodents Attract SnakesThere is a caveat that comes with having rodents around, that's the fact that rodents attract snakes. If you have rodents or bats in your home, garage or around your house, there is a pretty good chance that a snake may come in after them. A snakes attraction to rodents is not limited to ground activity either, in many circumstances they can climb walls or trees and snakes in attics are something we've seen on more than one occasion. We've even found a snake wrapped around a garage door opener attached to the ceiling of a garage. Snakes often go into garages and homes looking for, or following after, rats and mice.