Rats And Mice In Your Insulation In Memphis TN?

Do you have rats and mice in your insulation? If you have found evidence of rats or mice in insulation you need to take action right away. Discovering rats or mice inside of your home is never pleasant. It's always terrible to hear what families have endured because they were unsure how to fix the situation.

What’s even worse is when you know there is something in the attic or walls and can't see what it is. This is what makes Apex Wildlife Control so amazing. We have trained professionals who know just what to do to find out what is in your home. We also know how to solve your rat and mice problems. 

There are a few things to always keep a lookout for whether you hear noises in your home or not. Always look around your soffits and roof line for any small holes or chew marks. Those are signs of wildlife that has already gained entrance to your home or they are trying to. Make sure you aren’t leaving any food lying around inside or outside of your home. This especially includes your pet's food because it is the main attractant to rats and mice. It shows that you have a continual food source that they can live off of.

Rats and Mice will reproduce more rapidly than just about any other wild animal. A female rat will go into heat every 4 days. The gestation period for rats is 21 to 23 days and their litter is around 6 to 12 young. Once the female gives birth, she can breed again 1 to 3 days after having her litter. This shows just how quickly a few rats can grow into a major infestation in a very short amount of time!

These juvenile rats will mature around a month and are fertile once they reach 3 months of age. Did you know that just two rats can produce up to 1500 babies in a single year?  That's right, just those two rats!  And their offspring an produce even more.  This is how a rat infestation can happen quickly in homes and businesses.  Rats and mice can quickly overwhelm a single home. It is always best to address the problem as soon as you notice any signs of wildlife on your own property.

Once rats or mice have found a good food source, they will be looking for a safe quiet place to call home. More often than not, this means your insulation. Attic insulation is soft, warm, and protects them. It is also a great place to build a nest for their young.

And just because rats are living in your insulation does not mean that they will stay there. Rats and mice will travel throughout your entire home or property. They can climb up and squeeze into just about any area. They travel through the spaces in your walls and your air ducts.

The worst part is rats and mice urinate and defecate in insulation. This leaves a heavy smell that attracts other rodents and encourages mold and bacteria. Sanitation is not their biggest concern, so they thrive in the dirtiest of conditions. Rats and mice are the reasons millions of people died from the plague. Although we have advanced technologically since the outbreak of the plague, we can still get extremely ill from the bacteria rats carry around with them.

Apex Wildlife Control offers an interior and exterior inspection for commercial and residential properties. A technician will inspect your attic or crawl space and look for fecal droppings to determine the species.

He will also check for chewed wiring, damage to your HVAC, duct-work, and of course to see if there is damage to your insulation. All damage will be documented with photos and provided to our client. The technician will then inspect the exterior of your home, looking for all possible and actual entry points.  Afterward, the technician will provide a detailed estimate to seal your home and trap the wildlife.

If there is extensive damage to your insulation from rat and mice urine and feces, an attic restoration may be necessary.  While Apex Wildlife Control does not do attic restorations, there are several contractors available on Angie's List or Next Door who are available for this type of service. 

Rodents can carry several types of bacteria and germs that can make you and your family very ill.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe illness caused from exposure to the droppings or urine of deer mice that carry the virus. About 1- 5 hantavirus cases are reported each year in Washington State and about one third of the cases have been fatal. It is important to take precautions when cleaning up an enclosed space such as a shed, cabin or trailer where mice have nested or rodent droppings are present.  

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Leptospira that infects both humans and a wide range of animals. It occurs worldwide but is more common in temperate and tropical areas of the world. Some people infected with leptospirosis will have no symptoms at all, and some people will become severely ill. Some wild and domestic animals, such as cattle, pigs, dogs, raccoons, and rodents, carry the Leptospira bacteria and pass them in their urine. Soil or water contaminated with infected urine are the most common causes of human infection.

Plague is a serious infection of humans caused by a germ called Yersinia pestis. It is usually caused by the bite of a flea that has fed on an infected wild animal, such as a rat, chipmunk or prairie dog. It usually causes large sores and abscesses in the glands of the arms and legs. Dogs, and especially cats, can also become infected and can spread the disease to their human companions. Wild animals in Washington state do not carry plague germs, but people and domestic animals like dogs and cats could be bitten by infected fleas while traveling to other areas of the country.  Plague is treatable with antibiotics.

Tularemia is a bacterial disease caused by Francisella tularensis and is most commonly found in wild animals (e.g., wild rodents, squirrels, rabbits, hares and beavers). People and their pets can become ill from tularemia by coming into contact with infected dead or ill animals through animal bites and exposure to contaminated blood or raw meat. Tularemia can also be transmitted by the bite of an infected arthropod (e.g. ticks, biting flies), exposure to contaminated water or soil, and inhalation of bacteria. One to 10 cases of tularemia in people are reported every year. To prevent exposures to tularemia, don't handle dead or ill animals; avoid animal bites, tick and deer fly bites; and avoid direct bare-hand contact with blood and raw meat from wild animals. Don't drink untreated water in areas where tularemia is known to occur in wild animals.

If we completely seal the property we can guarantee against re-entry. The way we seal and trap together we can guarantee the removal of the wildlife. Once we seal your home the animals must go to our traps for a food source.

At Apex Wildlife Control, we also offer a fecal cleaning and deodorization service.   Due to the large amount of bacteria and disease in rodent feces and urine, this type of job is best left up to a professional.  Our technicians can have your home feeling clean and fresh again in a few short hours.

However, if your insulation is ruined then we will let you know this upfront.  Our company does offer fecal cleanup, but we do not currently offer attic restorations. An attic restoration may be required if you have heavily soiled insulation from rat fecal and urine.

 So if you have feces and urine from rodents living in your insulation, give us a call today!  Our skilled technicians are here to help!

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