If you hear the pitter-patter of little feet in your ceiling, notice a scratching sound in your walls, or see droppings on your kitchen counter, you may have rodents living with you. An Oklahoma City pest control company, such as Killin' It Termite and Pest, can confirm what kind of rodents you've got, come up with a plan to get rid of them, then implement that plan, making sure they're also excluding rodents from your property.

Common Types Of Rodents That Invade Oklahoma City Homes

The most common types of rodents in Oklahoma City homes include mice and rats. Other rodents like squirrels and chipmunks may occasionally find their way into your attic or walls, and gophers may be more likely to tear up your lawn, but in general, mice and rats are the most likely to seek out shelter inside your home.

While mice and rats are significantly different animals, they do have some similarities, including the damage and risks they bring into your home when they invade. Luckily rats and mice seldom share the same habitat, so you are likely to be dealing with just one of these species at a time.

Rodents In The House Can Spread Disease And Cause Damage

The common rodents that may be living in your house can carry a variety of diseases, including: 

  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Tularemia
  • Salmonellosis
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM)
  • Rat-bite fever

They can also cause significant property damage. Rodents have to constantly gnaw to keep their front teeth at a manageable length. Mouse teeth can grow more than four inches a year, and some rat species have teeth that grow more than nine inches in that same time frame. They can gnaw on your furniture, baseboards, cupboards, doors, joists, pipes, and electrical wires, which causes major damage and even leads to fire hazards.

Five Eco-Friendly Rodent Exclusion Tips For Around The House

To help you get rid of rodents living in your Oklahoma City house, you need to exclude them from your property. That means making conditions unfavorable for them to come back to your house. There are several eco-friendly ways to exclude rodents from your property, including:

  1. Get rid of food and water sources. That includes bird feeders, bird baths, and pet food and water bowls. Repair leaky faucets and sprinkler systems. Reroute your rainwater runoff with splash stones or downspout extensions.
  2. Close up gaps in your foundation. Use caulk on cracks, crevices, and holes. Mice can fit through holes as small as a dime and into cracks as wide as a pencil. Mice and rats have collapsible rib cages, so wherever their heads fit, their bodies will also fit.
  3. Cover vents and weep holes with ¼ inch hardware cloth, 26 gauge or stronger, so rodents can't chew through it to gain access. 
  4. Clean up your yard. Get rid of brush piles, fallen leaves, and other yard debris on your lawn, in your flower beds, and in your garden. This removes harborage sites for rodents near your home.
  5. Trim your trees and bushes. Cut trees back, so limbs are no closer than six feet to your house. Cut shrubs back, so they're no closer than two feet to your walls. 

Making your property less enticing to rodents can help keep them away from your home and make them less likely to venture inside your walls.

The Key To Total Rodent Control For Oklahoma City Homes

To know how to get rid of rodents in your Oklahoma City house, you need to understand Integrated Pest Management techniques. IPM involves using the least amount of product possible while still being effective. Your and your family's health is taken into account, as we value the health of the humans and pets that could be affected by a rodent infestation. IPM combines biological control and habitat manipulation for the most effective rodent control in Oklahoma City.

Killin' It Termite and Pest specializes in rodent control. Our treatments are effective because we do everything we can to ensure you don't develop a major infestation of rats or mice. Our pest control professionals are highly trained to get rid of rodents while keeping you and your family safe. You've tried the rest, now let's kill your pests. Call now for your free consultation and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Oklahoma City.