Rats and Mice ControlRodents often carry diseases, and rats and mice can also cause damage to your home and property. Rodents frequently raid trash bins, citrus trees, garages and vegetable gardens where they often find food sources. They also chew through wood and electrical wiring, which can expose the wire and increase the danger of a house fire. By some estimates, as many as one quarter of all house fires in the U.S. are caused by exposed wiring due to rodent damage. Needless to say, rodents relieve themselves almost everywhere, which in addition to causing a health hazard can create some nasty odors. Rat and Mice Control Whether you are dealing with one rodent or a severe rodent infestion, correctly identifying the type of species at your property and the size of the infestation are critical in determing the best type of approach to gain control. At Blue Sky, we use the most up-to-date products and treatment methods and have built a reputation as the pest control company Phoenix area homeowners can trust for the type of service technicians that we send to your home or business.CauseAs is the case with all pests, rats and mice need water, food and shelter. Readily available food sources are an attractant. Some common food sources are trash bins or dumpsters where the lid is left open or the lid is missing or damaged allowing easy access to waste, fruit that has fallen from citrus trees or fruit that has not been harvested and left on the trees, and seeds of any kind including grass seed used for winter lawns. Shelter can be found in a variety of areas depending on the type of rodent at your home. For example, there are large roof rat infestations throughout Tempe, Citrus Groves of North East Mesa, Arcadia and other parts of the Phoenix area where there are mature trees. Pack rats are very common throughout the Valley with higher populations being found in homes and businesses that are next to desert areas. House mice often find shelter in garages or homes. As it cools in the Fall (as much as it “cools” here in the Phoenix area), we always get an increase in rodent calls. That is because rodents are looking for warmth, which drives them inside of homes and buildings.TreatmentTreating rodent infestations effectively requires a proper inspection to accurately determine the type of rodent(s), where they are getting into the home or structure and the size of the rodent population. From there we implement what is called “Integrated Pest Management,” or IPM. We start out by sealing the ares where the rodents are coming in from. We do this by installing door sweeps and/or installing new weather stripping, caulking or sealing pipe chases, making sure dog doors are properly maintained and other similar methods. We then recommend steps the homeowner can take to eliminate food sources and nesting areas. Some examples include making sure landscaping is properly maintained including keeping trees trimmed back that touch or hang over the home or building, repairing trash bins and dumpster lids and keeping them closed, picking fruit and picking-up fallen fruit. We then use a variety of treatment methods to reduce the current population including the use of mechanical controls.PreventionYou can prevent rodents from getting into your home by sealing or closing an entry areas. A rodent can get into a home through a hole the size of a nickel or dime. We can help you inspect your home to show you areas where they are entering the home. You can also reduce or prevent rodent infestations by reducing easy access to food and water sources. Rats and mice are always looking for food and they are going to take the path of least resistance. Making sure your home does not have easy access to food sources, such as fallen fruit or unpicked fruit or food scraps in a garage can with a broken lid, will go a long way in making your home less attractive to these pests. Roof rats are very common in many areas throughout the Valley and properly maintaining trees by keeping them trimmed back will also make a big difference by reducing easy access. Blue Sky Pest Control can also implement proactive treatment methods to keep rodents out of your home or business. All these methods are pet friendly, people friendly and environment friendly.We are happy to discuss in more detail your specific situations and customize an approach that will take care of your problem and better help you prevent rats and mice from getting into or from being around your property. Our affordable Phoenix pest control services are also fully guaranteed.$50 Off Initial Service!Start Service *offer valid when you start a regular treatment plan. Expires:Friday, January 19 Or Call480-635-8492Related Pest Control Resources/ArticlesA Rat Is Not Just a Rat: Learn about differentiating rodents in Arizona.Common Rodent Pests in Arizona: How to identify common rodents.How to Get Rid of Roof Rats in Your Home: Tips on roof rats removal.