Rodent Control

Spend a few minutes with Gene as he explains how Lyme Disease is spread from mice to tick! This video can help you better understand why rodent control is important for your family’s health.

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Rodent Control Pricing

Exterior Rodent Control Four Station Setup $180
Exterior Monthly Four Station Service $60
Interior Initial Assessment and treatment starting at $125

Get Started with Planet Friendly Pest Control

Don’t ignore the importance of keeping rodents under control. That pesky mouse is more dangerous than you think.

Our rodent control service includes a complete inspection of the property to assess the situation. We focus on eliminating or reducing food, access and habitat.  We reduce mouse and rat populations around the exterior of the home by installing bait stations around the foundation. Most single-family homes require four stations that typically need service during the fall, winter and early spring.  We will set up a treatment program for the interior of the home when needed.

 

White Footed Mouse

While Lyme Disease is spread through a black-legged tick bite, the ticks must become infected themselves. The disease-causing Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria is what is needed in order to transmit Lyme. White-footed mice are one of the largest carriers of this bacteria — and they’re among the animals that ticks feed off of the most.

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Do you have signs of a rodent problem?

Your home’s crawl spaces, basements, and attics provide the ideal habitat for these mice due to their lack of human activity and damp, dark environments. Squeaking noises within your walls and baseboards. If you spot mice droppings (they’re small, dark, and have pointy ends). If you smell something somewhat stale in a specific area of your home, you may have a mouse infestation. The same goes if your pets seem interested in a particular area. If you spot gnaw and scratch marks on walls and furniture, or if you spot mice tracks.  Chewed up food packages, newspapers, and other small materials around your home are often signs that mice are building a nest. A good rodent control program will help keep you protected.

Very impressed with Planet Friendly! I called on Friday afternoon and the owner of the company, Gene, showed up at my house Saturday morning and personally diagnosed my crawl space problem. Very knowledgeable, honest and thorough assessment of the problem. I rarely write reviews but feel compelled due to the outstanding level of attention and service.

Johnathan

Very knowledgable and willing to work with you to genuenally solve the issue wheather using thier service or teaching you how to do it yourself. Looking fowardwd to building a relationship with these folks.

Rob

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I keep getting mice in my house?

Mice need three things to be a pest in and around your home; food, habitat and access.   Controlling these three areas both inside and outside the house are critical.

Controlling mouse habitat can be challenging.  Most of us like to have some sort of landscaping and plantings around our home.  This often makes our home’s foundation area appealing to mice.  Eliminating leaf debris, clutter and other types of habitat will help discourage mice. Often a home is in a setting where the natural environment is conducive to rodents. This makes it very difficult to discourage rodents from visiting.

The second thing mice need is a food source. Mice are very good finding food! For those of us who like to feed animals outdoors this is a tough one. Bird feeders, squirrel feeders, dog and cat food are all sources of food for mice. Keeping animal feed away the foundation will help to discourage mice.  Remember, mice collect and hoard food in caches.  The farther away outdoor animal feed is located from the house the better.

Eliminating rodent access is the best way of keeping mice out of your home. This can be extremely challenging for some homes.  A mouse only needs a tiny opening and they are in. Often these openings are under the homes siding, along the roof areas, garages, utility areas, etc. Any place around the home where a wire, pipe or anything comes from outside in is a place to look.  Where construction materials meet; windows frames, door jams, carpet to drywall, concrete to siding, brick to wood, etc. Any transitions in building material are key areas to look for rodent access points. Once located it is important to repair and or seal the access points. The reality is sometimes it may be unrealistic in certain structures to seal off all access.

 

The mice eat the bait off my snap traps and don’t get caught. What is going on?

Mice are very adaptable to their environment and can quickly become wise to trapping.  If you have a resident population of mice that are wise to snap traps, try changing-up your trapping program a little.  For a few days bait all your traps but don’t arm them.  Let the mice get use to eating off the trap. After a few days keep baiting but only arm half of traps. Try different combinations of baiting and arming the traps. This will usually defeat smart mice.

 

I am setting snap traps for mice and I am not catching any. I know I have a mouse problem because there are droppings in my kitchen. How come I can’t catch any mice?

Consider two things here. One, there is a better food source available to the mice and they have no interest in your trap bait.  Make sure all food sources are eliminated. Don’t leave pet food out, place anything a mouse might want into a sealed container. Keep in mind mice hoard and store food in caches.  Until the best food source for the mouse is the bait on your trap you may not get any catches.

The Second thing to consider is trap placement. Mice loves edges and inside-corners. Make sure your traps are placed where mice typically travel.  Just because you see a mouse run across the middle of the kitchen floor does not mean that is where you should place your trap.

 

Are rodenticide poisons safe?

The use of rodenticides is a complicated topic. They have a place in rodent control. Used correctly, rodenticides can be a very effective tool in fighting rodent problems.

There are serval chemical families of rodenticide with different modes of action.  There are anticoagulants, neurotoxins, and Vitamin D3 poisons. They all kill rodents. Some have antidotes for an accidental poisoning, others do not. Some rodenticides allow a rodent to continue feeding for a few days, even after a rodent has consumed a lethal dose of rodenticide. This makes the rodent carcass have higher toxicity levels. If another animal where to eat the carcass that animal will also be exposed to the poison. This is called secondary poisoning.  Other rodenticides have “stop-feed” characteristics which make the rodent stop eating.  This limits the amount poison ingested by the rodent.

The chemical mode of action is also very important to consider when using a rodenticide. All rodenticides are NOT created equal.

Does the toxin end up throughout the muscle tissue and gut versus just the liver and kidneys?  Is there an antidote to the toxin? Is the area where the rodenticide is being used located where there are birds and animals that eat mice?  Do pets live at the house?  Is the rodenticide offered in an animal and child proof bait station?  Answers to these questions are important when considering the use of rodenticide.

For anyone considering the use of a rodenticide as part of their rodent control program we highly recommend they take time to understand what is involved. With the internet today it is possible to quickly access good information.  Here is one article that may help one become better informed about rodenticides. Being informed about what is happening on your property is an important part of deciding how to solve pest problems.

Responsible use of rodenticides does have a place in rodent control. If you are unsure of how to use them it is best to NOT use them and leave it to a professional.