Several busy hurricane seasons have contributed to a significant increase in the number of rodent problems in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Rodents have had much easier access to homes whose structured were badly damaged by the strong winds. Even homes with minimal structural damage are now easily accessible to rats and mice through openings as small as 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch. Roof vents, a/c lines, plumbing pipes and garage vents are the most common points of entry for our little “friends”.
The first step is to have a thorough inspection to determine the presence of a rodent problem and its extent. X Terminator Pest Control is now offering our customers a free inspection and evaluation of their structure to determine all potential points of entry. Our inspector will look for droppings and urine, rub marks, tracks, and nesting sites. Looking higher for roof rats is also very important as they are extremely nimble and can gain access from branches, vines, pipes, rafters, and ledges. Roof rats are often first heard at night, in the attic, likely having gained access through the roof vent or soffit vents with torn screening; through plumbing pipes, to name a few.
The most common rodent problem in South Florida is with the roof rat. Slightly smaller and more slender than the Norway Rat, the roof rat is 6 ½ to 8 inches long and, including the tail, may be 13 to 18 inches in length (the tail is generally longer than the head and body). The average weight is 6 to 12 ounces; roof rats vary in color from light gray or brownish-gray to black; they have large ears and an acute sense of smell to compensate for their poor, color-blind vision. Roof rats are able to gnaw through lead, wood, copper, aluminum, cinder block, and uncured concrete. Their droppings are about ½ inch in length and generally soft and dark in color. A single roof rat averages 30 to 50 droppings per day. Although roof rats are omnivores, they prefer a diet of fruits, seeds, vegetables, and eggs. They are also partial to snails and slugs. A roof rat consumes ½ to 1 ounce of food daily and must drink up to 1 ounce of water daily, unless its food
supply is high in moisture.
Properly placed snap traps, baited with such foods as fruit, peanut butter or dog foods is an important control measure. Installation of tamper-proof bait stations along the perimeter of the building is another step to controlling the rodent population. Sanitation measures, including removal of food, water, and harbor-age is another important aspect of successful rodent control. . Finally, excluding rodents from entering buildings by sealing off openings at screened vents, pipes leading into buildings, doorways, etc. is essential for complete rodent control
Whether you have an existing rodent problem or wish to prevent any future problems please call X Terminator Pest Control today at (954) 575-7151. We will be happy to be of service to you.