Siesta Key Rodent Removal Rodents damage your property, make family members sick and can impede business if they are found in a commercial setting. According to research curated by the University of South Florida, 80 percent of surveyed companies reported that damaged merchandise and destroyed structures are one of the most costly aspects of rodent damage. While the diseases from rodents are carefully documented, many homeowners tend to overlook the threat that they pose over personal property. When You Should Call Critter Control Sarasota Piles of insulation. Rodents will gnaw and borrow into insulation, tunneling inside walls and attics. If you suddenly find a hole in your insulation, with the telltale pile of chewed insulation bits, then there is a good chance that you have a rodent infestation. Intermittent electricity. Rodents will also build nests in large electrical appliances, taking advantage of the warmth emitted by the voltage, and also chewing on wiring which can cause applications to short-circuit or work intermittently. Rodent droppings. Droppings are a sure sign that rodents are present. If you're able to, visual inspection of the droppings will be able to indicate the type of rodent, the size of the infestation, and where they are most active in your property. Thankfully, Critter Control® of Sarasota will be able to ascertain that for you. Oily streaks and gnaw marks. Rodents are greasy due to secreted oils and their environment where grime, dirt, and pathogens attach to their coats. Oily rub marks are left in places wherever rodents travel — which would typically show along the walls, the corners of a room, and along entryways. Rodents are very cautious and will usually only travel along areas that they know are not frequented. If you notice oily marks along the walls, sprinkle a bit of talcum powder or flour. If you see small footprints or a disturbance along the powder, then that is a sure sign that there are rodents in your home. Critter Control Rodent Removal in Siesta Key Critter Control® of Sarasota specializes in damage repair, odor control, the humane trapping of animals, and environmentally-friendly pest control. We specialize in residential and commercial mediation. If you need help or if you're interested in getting a free estimate today, contact us via our contact page or call us at 941-355-9511. Siesta Key Squirrel Removal Some unwanted house guests won't take a hint. Squirrels, for example, can be difficult to budge once they've found a comfortable place to nest within the walls of your home. These cute and tiny members of the rodent family may seek shelter during adverse weather conditions through access points in walls, roofs or foundations. Once inside, they may remain invisible to the eye, but homeowners will know they are around. Here are some of the tell-tale indications that you may have a squirrel infestation: Smell. Squirrel urine and feces leave a distinct musty odor. On occasion, animals may also die between walls leading to further unpleasant odors. Droppings. Waste can be corrosive to certain building materials and is also a source of bacteria and disease. Destruction. Squirrels have sharp teeth to gnaw through insulation, wiring and even drywall and wood to find food and nesting materials. The mess they leave behind is not just annoying; it can create a fire hazard. Noise. You may hear scampering feet, squeaks and other sounds coming from the attic or between walls and under floorboards. If a nesting area gets too crowded, you may hear the sounds of fighting as well. You may find yourself waking in the night as a result. Squirrel Dangers Squirrels in the house are not just a smelly, noisy nuisance. As carriers of disease such as leptospirosis, Lyme disease, and rabies, they can pose a real health threat to you and your family. For these reasons, homeowners with young children may not want squirrels anywhere on the property. Outbuildings and garages, as well as large trees in close proximity to human food supplies (i.e., garbage) are also attractive to squirrels. Call the Professionals If you have (or think you have) a squirrel problem in your home or around your property, don't waste time with DIY solutions that usually don't work. Why not let the trained animal removal experts at Critter Control Siesta Key deal with the issue once and for all? They'll not only safely and humanely remove unwanted animals; they'll clean up the mess and advise homeowners on how to avoid future infestations. Call us today at 941-355-9511 for a complimentary consultation. Siesta Key Rat Removal Sometimes a rat and mice infestation is viewed as one in the same when in reality there are unique challenges as to how they should be remediated. Here's how to differentiate between a rat and mice infestation in your home: Breeding patterns. Mice are prolific breeders, and it is easy to have an infestation of these pests than with rats. A single mouse can have ten litters consisting of six mice in a single year, which equates to about almost five dozen mice in a year. Rats are not as prolific, and it will take longer for an infestation to take hold in a residential setting. Unattended commercial settings - especially in facilities that deal with food items - improve the chances of a rat infestation taking hold. Droppings. In Sarasota, there are typically two main species of rats that can infest a home or property - the roof rat and the Norway rat. The Norway rats are slightly larger than the roof rat, with the latter creating droppings of about an inch long, while the former having slightly smaller droppings. With mice, droppings are typically about 1/4 of an inch in length or shorter. When compared to rat droppings, these droppings are incredibly small and makes it a lot easier to distinguish between which rodent is taking refuge in your home. Damage Repair and Restoration Critter Control® can help with your rat infestation in more ways than one. We have a dedicated animal dropping cleanup crew that removes the signs of a rat infestation after they have been removed. Our team can safely remove any critters and expertly cleanup any evidence that they have left behind. Rats, like other rodents, are keen to gnaw their way into your home and into places where they shouldn't be. Critter Control® of Sarasota offers damage repair and restoration services in the case of severe damage to your property, home, and belongings. Contact the Experts Contact us via our contact form that will allow you to describe your possible infestation. This will help us assess your situation and come up with a plan that is specific to your scenario. Alternatively, you can contact Critter Control® of Sarasota via our toll-free number, 941-355-9511. Siesta Key Mice Removal Mice have been plaguing humans for about as long as humans have been around — they are nimble, voracious opportunistic feeders, and thanks to the ability to slip to the smallest of entryways, can quickly find refuge in your Sarasota property without you even knowing it. Unfortunately, if you're able to perceive mice in your home, then there are probably dozens more hidden within your property. If you aren't sure if you have a current mice population, then look for these telltale signs: Light gnaw marks. Newer gnaw marks will be lighter in color and darken as they age. If you found gnaw marks and they are lighter in color, then that is an indication of a recent infestation that is taking hold in your home. You will notice these gnaw marks on food packaging or along structures in your home. Runways. Mice do not explore exposed areas, using dedicated "runways" and tracks instead. A commercially available black light can help expose smudge marks, urine stains, and footprints on suspected areas that are trafficked by mice. Place a thin layer of talcum powder or flour along these "runways." If you have an active rodent infestation, then you will likely see trails in the powder after a few days. When Should You Look for Professional Services? Ideally, you should contact Sarasota Critter Control as soon as you find signs of mice. It's important to note that mice are more than just an uninvited guest — they are carriers of diseases and are a health risk, especially for the elderly, young family members, and those with compromised immune systems. Exposure can lead to potential illnesses like the hantavirus, rodent-borne viral infectious diseases called lymphocytic choriomeningitis, and tularemia. Critter Control Advantage Reach out to our local pest specialists at Critter Control® of Sarasota. We will discuss your mice problem, schedule necessary appointments, and provide a free consultation. Our state certified pest specialists will provide treatment at an appointment time that is convenient for you. Contact Critter Control® to learn more, or call 941-355-9511.