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If there’s a mouse in your house or a rat in your yard, you are not the only one. We have had a surge in rodent calls due to the consecutive milder winters in 2015 and 2016, and all the development going on in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Warmer weather directly influences the rate at which rodents reproduce; and with rampant construction projects throughout our region, their populations are being displaced and they are looking to relocate.
Rats and mice are notorious for causing all manner of problems if they’re allowed to break into a home. Costly damages to roofing, insulation, siding, and other areas are just the tip of the iceberg. Beyond direct damage, they’re also known to carry a host of diseases that can be spread both through the biological elements they leave behind (hair, urine, droppings), as well as by contaminating any food items they come into contact with.
While Pittsburgh homeowners should always be wary of rodent invaders, the threat increases exponentially once fall arrives. When the weather begins to cool, rodents are pushed indoors to find food, water, and shelter from the cold; unfortunately, your home contains all three.
Let Witt Pest Management make and keep your home rodent-free. Our comprehensive rodent removal service will help you take back your home and keep it safe for the people living inside it.
Whether you choose one of our home protection plans or a short-term program, our process is the same:
1. Initial Inspection
You’ll never be able to fully defend your home from rodent invaders if you can’t be certain what’s going on inside it, so our first step is always to perform a thorough inspection of the home and seek out the source not just the symptoms of your rodent problem. Your Witt pest control technician will investigate both the interior and exterior of your home, paying close attention to any signs of rodent activity or potential entry points.
2. Sealing Entry Points*
With the home inspected and the threat understood, the next best step is always to seal off the home completely so that more rodents can’t get inside. Your Witt technician will use the best tools in the industry (including caulks, wire meshes, and expanding foams) to seal off any gaps that rats, mice, and other pests could be using to get in and out. They will also make you aware of any more substantial structural issues observed.
Your Witt pest control technician will use a combination of products and devices placed in strategic yet discreet areas in your home to physically trap these pesky rodent invaders and monitor for activity. Tamper-resistant bait stations may also be used inside or along the exterior of the home to responsibly introduce bait to these trespassing rodents and eliminate them quickly and efficiently.
We won’t leave you hanging. Your Witt technician will return within 7-14 days from your initial visit to re-inspect and check all of the trapping and monitoring devices, remove any rodents, and retreat as necessary. Depending on the severity of the infestation, your Witt technician may recommend another return visit. And of course, anytime you need us in between your scheduled visits, during your guarantee period, we will come back at no charge.
*Provided on a limited basis where necessary and feasible. Recommendations will be included on your service report should any more major repairs needed be identified by your Witt technician.
In addition to the health hazards and structural and electrical damage risks that rodents pose, mice and rats can also tarnish the reputation of your business. It's time to protect your brand and your business from rodents and the damages they pose with our RoPro Services! Along with this we also offer rodent abatement services as part of building demolition projects.
While rats and mice are a constant threat affecting thousands of homes in the Pittsburgh area every year, the best strategy for long-term prevention against rodent infestations is to give them as little reason to break in as possible.
If you want your Pittsburgh-area home to remain rodent-free, don’t forget to:
Clean up any crumbs or other food items that could attract rodents. Wash dishes after meals and keep the floors clean and vacuumed. Take out the trash regularly.
Store any food items in sealed containers and refrigerate them when necessary. If you have cat, dog, or bird food in the garage, keep it stored in sealed metal containers.
Keep all windows, doors, and garage doors closed whenever not in use. Inspect the lining around these areas to ensure they seal tightly.
If there is light coming through any opening (garage and front door thresholds) then a rodent can squeeze in no problem.
By using these tips, in combination with a comprehensive residential pest control program from Witt Pest Management, rodents in your home will soon be a thing of the past.
Wondering where we'll go to service for a rodent infestation? Have no fear, our service area includes many areas of Pennsylvania, and include the following: