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Rats and mice are considered by many to be commensal creatures, though this is not entirely correct. While rodents are drawn to be near humans and derive benefits from this proximity, they do not dwell with us without effect. Rodents spread harmful bacteria and disease, carry parasites, damage structures, present a fire hazard and more. When they appear on campus they also have the unfortunate ability to demoralize students and faculty.

Mice and rat sightings create a sense of urban decay. Whether they are crawling around dumpsters outside dormitories, halls and commissaries, or scurrying along a wall inside a lecture hall, they lower the moral of all who see them. And, since these creatures are drawn to live off the generosity of humans, and able to reproduce startlingly fast, they are a common problem for many colleges and universities where food and shelter are abundant.

The Benefits Of Rodent Management

  • While it is impossible to remove all mice and rats from campuses, proper management and surveillance of these creatures can dramatically reduce populations. And, since overpopulation and scarcity of food sources are what drives these, normally reclusive, creatures out into the open, a pest control plan can have a significant impact on the reputation of a school.

  • Controlling mouse and rat populations will reduce illnesses on campus. Not only do these creatures get into commissary food storage areas, and crawl on food prep surfaces, they can also get into break rooms and other places where food is stored and prepared.

  • Since mice and rats can carry fleas, ticks, lice, mites, and other parasites in their fur, they are increasing the threat of these secondary pests. A proper management program for rodents works to protect against the impact these other pests can have.

Rodent Prevention

  • It is vital to do a close inspection of exterior walls and to seal any gaps found. Mice can get through a hole the size of a dime. And all rodents are capable of making small holes larger by chewing on them.

  • Make sure downspouts are filled with wire mesh to not give rodents access to vulnerable rooflines.

  • Proper sanitation efforts and management of trash will work to avoid attracting these creatures.

  • Ongoing surveillance and direct rodent control protocols administered by an educated and experienced pest controller will yield the best results.

Witt Pest Management has over 100 years of experience in pest control. We are Pittsburgh's oldest and most advanced pest control company. When you need a rodent management plan that is proactive and holistic, you can trust the team here at Witt. For immediate assistance, reach out to us and get started today.

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