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Mice and Rats in Wichita, Kansas

The most common rodents you will see in Wichita and the surrounding areas are mice and rats. You will likely encounter them when they are trying to move into your personal space. They seek out a warm place to spend the winter with access to food and water. As soon as temperatures start to drop, they will start looking for a place to stay.

While they can appear cute and fuzzy to some, these animals can actually carry up to 35 diseases contractible by humans. Their ability to spread disease is one of the main reasons to keep these varmints out of  your home. Some rodents drop contaminated feces in your home which can cause clean-up after a rodent infestation to be somewhat dangerous. Also, diseases can be passed to you and your pets through rat fleas.  Even the dust from their nest can spread bacteria. They are not safe pests to have around where you live or work.

mouse image 3How can I tell if I have a rodent problem?

Most rats and mice leave signs that they have invaded your home . However, the specific marks depends on the species. The most basic tokens are small, black droppings in and around cabinets and floors. You may also find food packages, especially grains and sweets, that are chewed open. Your cat may catch the occasional mouse, but where there is one, there are more. Any rodent activity in your home should be considered a problem because they are a threat to your health.

What if I don’t take care of rodent infestation?

Eventually, infestations of rodents will get so bad that you will be forced to take action. They are able to reproduce relatively quickly so a small problem can become quite large in a matter of time. Also, rodents will cause structural damage because of chewing or scratching. They invade your space and walk over many different surfaces in your home, including those you eat off of. This is a hazard because of the diseases they can carry. It is best for your health and happiness to take care of any signs of rodents before they become a problem. Let Patton Termite & Pest Control take care of your rodent problem and any other pest problems you may have.

Can I prevent rodents?

The best way to prevent a rodent infestation is to seal off any openings from the outside. Rats and mice can squeeze into very small openings. These need to be filled with stainless steel wool or copper mesh to keep them from chewing their way into your home. Food should not be kept readily available. Open containers of dog food should not be left outdoors. Keep all pet food and bird seed in sealed containers. Inside, you should also seal all of your food so that they can’t chew it open. Use plastic containers and clean up any crumbs promptly.

How long does a rodent infestation treatment by Patton  typically take?

The treatment program needed to solve a rodent infestation relies on many different factors. Generally, a minimum of monthly service is the most effective if you have a small or medium infestation with moderate rodent pressure. If you have a severe infestation with lots of pressure, weekly service may be necessary in the beginning of the treatment program. We offer rodent specific services or we can work rodent service into a Comprehensive Pest Control Program depending on the wants and needs of the customer. We would be happy to hear from you to discuss your pest problems and come up with a treatment plan based on your needs.