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AAAnimal Control does not use poison. Poison poses a threat to your household, the environment, and worst of all, it leaves dead rats and mice in the walls. I use integrated pest management, which means that I trap existing animals, seal up areas where rats and mice enter, use one-way doors if possible, modify habitat so that your home is less appealing to them. I believe that this is the best approach. I see pest control companies and other exterminators charging an arm and a leg to spread some poison outside the home. That is absolutely ridiculous and lazy, and doesn't solve anything.
Rat info: The most common nuisance rats are the Norway Rat, also known as the Brown Rat, and the Roof Rat, also known as the Black Rat, Ship Rat, or here in Florida, the Fruit Rat or Citrus Rat. Though the rats in this photo look brown and black, most of them are just gray. Rats are commonly associated with urban areas. They will go wherever they can find food and shelter, and that often includes buildings. Although they may look large, they need only a tiny hole (the size of a quarter) or a 1/2 inch crack to fit through. Roof Rats and Norway rats will consume many different types of plant and animal foods such as insects, meat refuse, bird eggs, seed that has been spilled from bird feeders, pet food that has been left outdoors, and almost any food in your house. They also contaminate food with their urine and feces. Rats contaminate huge percentages of agricultural produce and food in the home or business. Rats are enormous carriers of many different diseases, and it has been reported that rats bite more than fifteen thousand people per year including the very young, old or incapacitated. Rats are primarily nocturnal. Even though they often live for less than a year, they can breed in large quantities and populations can get out of hand. For more information, visit www.OrlandoRats.com
Mouse info: The house mouse weighs less than an ounce. It can fit in a crack of only a quarter inch. They can and do get everywhere. If your house has food and has any small openings, eventually mice will find their way in. House mice eat many types of food but prefer seeds and grain. They do not hesitate to sample new foods, sampling many kinds of items in their environment. Foods high in fat, protein, or sugar may be preferred even when grain and seed also are present. A single mouse can't eat a whole lot, but because of their habit of nibbling on many foods, discarding partially eaten items, and defecating everywhere, mice destroy considerably more food than they consume. Mice are primarily nocturnal, they can dig, they chew like all rodents do, and they can produce a tremendous number of offspring.
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Nuisance concerns: They chew on wires and anything else they can get their teeth on.
They eat your food and contaminate it. They leave droppings in the attic and everywhere.
They spread filth and pestilence. They once killed a third of Europe's people ...that's the equivalent of at least a dozen Americans.
Some examples of rat diseases that can be spread by rodents are Salmonellosis (acute food poisoning), Rickettsia Pox,
Hantavirus (via droppings), tapeworm, infectious jaundice, and tularemia. I highly recommend
attic decontamination services if you've had rats living in your attic. Check out my Orlando rodent control page for more information on our permanent rat control techniques. We also deal with
mouse problems, which you can read about on my Orlando mouse control and mice trapping page, but the truth is that mice are far less common than rats in central Florida.
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Note: These are my old personal prices, not applicable nationwide.
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