Even hearing the word “rodent” is enough to make some Rhode Island folks shudder. Although rodent control isn’t always top-of-mind, picturing a dirty little creature with two long front teeth scurrying around your house probably makes you want to call a rodent exterminator. Rodents are a problem year round, as they sneak into home for food, water, and shelter. If you see a mouse or rat in a high traffic area of your home, they may be alone, and a mouse trap should take care of them. However, if you see rodent in a low traffic area of your home, such as the basement, garage, or attic, you may have a serious infestation.
Rodents become a larger problem in Rhode Island during the colder months, as they work harder to find somewhere to take shelter for the winter. This can pose a threat to homeowners, because no matter how clean your home is rodents will find it very attractive. Any small gaps in the outside of your home, such as a crack in the foundation, an attic vent, an open garage door, or loose siding can provide an entrance point for rodents.
That’s where we come in – Fox Pest Control wants to help you get rid of rodents.
You might already know you have a rodent infestation but here are a few of the most common signs rodent exterminators look for in the Rhode Island area.
The first sign of a mouse or rat infestation in Rhode Island is their droppings. These are usually found in their favorite hiding spots, such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, behind shelves or drawers, or in cabinets or pantries.
Sometimes the second most common sign of rodents in the house are nightly noises when mice or rats scurry from place to place, fight each other, or gnaw on something.
Because their teeth never stop growing, mice and rats have a strong urge to chew things. They can chew through wood, hard plastic, or even metal to get to food, find shelter, or make nests.
Though less common than the other signs, it is possible to surprise mice and rats in the house when turning on the light in the kitchen, attic, or basement. In rare cases, a mouse or rat may run into the open to find water, food, or better shelter.
Think you have a rodent problem? Call Fox Pest Control at (401) 655-2922 for a free Rhode Island rodent control quote.
Your technician will conduct a thorough pest control inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized rodent treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain rodent free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the rodents don’t come back. If you see any rodent activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
Hey guys, Caleb here with Fox Pest Control.
As the winter approaches, your home is the perfect place for rodents to thrive
while escaping changes in the weather.
With the possibility of rodents carrying multiple diseases, it's best to get rid of them right away.
At Fox Pest Control, we have certified pest pros that are trained to find all rodent entry points.
After locating those areas, our pest pro will apply the appropriate treatment.
Then we will recommend how to eliminate conducive conditions
and work with you to create a plan that best fits your specific needs.
And don't worry.
If you continue to see rodents, we'll come back until the problem is gone.
Our Fox Pest Pros are licensed professionals with the expertise and experience for the best possible rodent control.
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The best control of rodents in Rhode Island is prevention. Filling in any holes of the house’s exterior and sealing any food in airtight containers will make your home less attractive and less accessible to them.
But if you already have a problem and need to remove rodents, these measures won’t fix the problem on their own. Call Fox Pest Control today for a free estimate, and make your home safe and comfortable again.
Yard Rodents: Gophers and groundhogs dig massive tunnels and eat plant roots, fruit, and vegetables. Voles tend to stay above ground and eat plants. Mice and rats may also dig burrows through the grass. Moles also dig tunnels while they look for insects, but they aren’t technically rodents.
House Rodents: Mice and rats chew on wiring, gnaw on walls, invade storage containers, rip up papers and fabrics, and contaminate food. Rats and mice can also spread fleas and ticks as well as diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, tularemia, and the bubonic plague.
Squirrels are a very common problem in some areas. They can crawl inside attic spaces, chew through wood or wiring, and spread diseases, fleas, and ticks.
A bite from a rodent can be extremely serious, but these are relatively rare. Rodents typically try to stay away from humans and avoid contact with us.
Humans contract diseases spread by rodents when we are bitten, when we come in contact with a rodent’s droppings or urine, or if we handle a rodent, including a recently dead one. If you're bitten by a rodent, seek medical attention immediately.
Common signs of rodent activity in your house in Rhode Island are:
Feces. Rats tend to gather theirs in one particular spot while mice scatter them everywhere.
Sounds at night. Rats sometimes fight over food or dominance and squeal and make rustling noises. You might also hear mice scurrying or chewing on something.
Nests. Mice and rats make nests after they mate. They prepare for juveniles by building nests out of soft materials like paper, fabric, pillow stuffing, bits of cloth, loose carpeting, or wall insulation.
Rodents like rats, mice, and squirrels have a strong sense of smell, which is why cleaning the house and storing both your food and pet food in airtight containers is one of the first steps to rodent prevention.
Professional pest experts can help you discover specific things you can do to keep rodents from invading your home in Rhode Island.
Yard Rodents: Gophers, groundhogs, mice, rats, and voles will come to your yard looking for plants, nuts, berries, fruit, and shelter. Moles also like to dig in the yard while looking for insects, but they aren’t technically rodents.
House Rodents: Rats and mice are the most common rodents that will invade homes.
After they come inside your place in Rhode Island, mice and rats will find a hiding place that is as close to food and water as possible. The most obvious room to hide in is the kitchen, although rodents are timid enough to hide in the basement, attic, or somewhere in the wall voids.
Body size. Adult rats are larger than adult mice. Norwegian rats also have a characteristic hunch in their back.
Ears and Tails. Rats have larger, more pointed ears and shorter tails than mice. A mouse’s tail has fine hairs along it while a rat’s tail is entirely bald.
Droppings. The common Norwegian rats have cylindrical or pill-shaped droppings, and roof rats have a banana shape to theirs. Mouse feces look like little grains of brown or black rice
Dropping placement: Mice scatter their droppings randomly throughout their hiding places. Rats are more aware of their droppings and find a hiding spot to use as a latrine, sort of the way a cat uses a litter box.
Behavior. Mice are extremely curious about everything in their environment and will explore new things readily. Rats are “neophobic,” which means they are frightened of new things and require more time to grow accustomed to something new.
Society. Rats and mice both can live in colonies or family groups, but rats can create very large colonies very quickly. Compared to mice, rats are much more violent with each other when they dispute over territory, dominance, or food.
Intelligence. Unlike mice, rats can observe and mimic each other’s behavior to navigate the world around them and avoid anything that seems dangerous.
Treatments are effective, it the few months of my first treatment, no trace of rodents or bugs
We had some administrative issues with Fox when we first hired them and so I was a little nervous about the service but then Chad came. He managed to make a horrifying rodent problem seem like something that could be easily managed. He then proceeded to manage it easily we were totally rodent free in a matter of days. Chad went above and beyond to make sure that our experience was positive and stress free. He is really really great at his job and because of him I would recommend the Fox service to anyone. When Mark and his team came to do exclusion work after the trapping was complete I was once again impressed with how professional, knowledgeable and THOROUGH they were. Mark treated our house like his own. He solved every possible problem quickly and efficiently without any half measures. Mark is also clearly really really great at his job. I couldn't be more pleased with the service we received.
JC provided outstanding service by informing me about what I can do to help minimize and control the spread of rodents. Thank you!
Brendan was great, very knowledgeable, quick, and efficient, and best of all he was able to reassure my wife (who was freaking out)that he would take care of the rodents that had recently been seen around the yard and keep them from entering the house. I wish I could give more than 5 stars!!!
The staff is courteous and knowledgeable. There is a peace of mind in knowing that our house is being serviced by a professional company that knows what they are doing. We have an annual contract with them and it's one of the key things as a homeowner to have the assurance of keeping our house rodent and termite free. Any in - between service request is also met promptly. The technicians we've had onsite so far have performed their jobs well. Overall very satisfied!
Thomas Big Tom and John were prompt, and very helpful. They were professional and thorough in their work, explaining what they were doing and what to expect. They performed service for crickets, and after finding evidence of rodents also serviced for that as well. It felt like I was in good hands with their help.
If a Fox Pest Control customer has an infestation of covered pests in their Rhode Island home or business between regularly scheduled Home Protection Plan treatments, we will come back and perform targeted treatments to get rid of the pest at no charge. If Fox Pest Control cannot resolve the problem after three such targeted treatments, we will cheerfully refund the customer’s last monthly subscription fee, as long as all other terms of the agreement have been met.
And if you see any pest activity between your regularly scheduled treatments, simply give our Rhode Island office a call; we'll come back at no additional charge.
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