Some people shudder, while others scream when they see a mouse or rat cross their paths. Seeing a rodent, especially inside one’s home, is a red flag. Are there more? Most likely. If you see one, it’s time to contact Mantis Pest Solutions, the number one Overland pest control company.

Identifying A Rodent Problem In Your House

There are many kinds of rodents in Overland Park, and almost all rodents are troublemakers in some form. They include squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, groundhogs, muskrats, and even your family’s pet hamster. Mice and rats, of course, are the most common rodents that enter your home. You are more likely to see them in your house as the weather turns colder. Mice and rats can cause a lot of problems. They love to gnaw on wood, wires, pipes, food packages, toys, and yes, your food that’s tucked away in the cupboards or left out on the counter. Here are a few things to look or listen for that are sure-tell signs you have a rodent problem in your home:

  • Gnaw marks
  • Holes in your food packaging
  • Mouse or rat droppings 
  • A musty odor you can’t pinpoint
  • Noises in your walls
  • A rodent nest or nesting materials
  • Paw prints or runways

If you notice these or other signs of rodents in your home, there’s no time to waste. It’s important to take action quickly before the infestation has a chance to spread.

The Dangerous Diseases Rodents Are Known To Spread

There are four types of house rodents we see the most in the Overland Park area: deer mice, house mice, Norway rats, and roof rats. Each one carries diseases that can make you and your family sick. You can get sick by eating contaminated food. Their urine and feces can dry and become airborne, spreading hantavirus and triggering asthma and allergy flare-ups as well as other severe respiratory problems. Mice are also known to carry:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM)
  • Leptospirosis
  • Fleas
  • Mites
  • Deer ticks

Rats, on the other hand, carry all of the above and more, including:

  • Rat-bite fever (RBF)
  • Tularemia
  • Rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis)
  • Plague

Rats do not carry rabies, which is a common misconception. Nonetheless, the list of diseases they can spread is long enough. As you review these lists, you can see how important it is to quickly implement the best kind of rodent control in Overland Park you can find.

Why Traps Won’t Get Rid Of The Entire Rodent Infestation

By now, you want to get rid of rodents in your Overland Park home as fast as possible. Your first inclination might be to run to the nearest store and buy mouse or rat traps. In our decades of working with homeowners to exterminate their rodents, we have heard countless stories of why setting traps didn’t work for them. Here are some:

  • Traps are too difficult to bait
  • Traps were set off, but nothing was caught – but the food was gone.
  • A child almost touched the trap.
  • A pet set the trap off and was injured.
  • Traps were carried off by the rodent and never found.

Even if you are able to use traps effectively, you would have to buy many traps to catch the entire rodent population in your home. You have no way of knowing how many live in your home since they have many places to hide. To effectively and quickly get rid of your, forget the traps and call us, your professional extermination service.

Contact The Professionals For Total Rodent Control For Your Home

The trained experts at Mantis Pest Solutions can inspect your home and find the solution right away. We know exactly what to look for and can treat your home the same day. You can have peace of mind once again when you leave the dirty work in our capable hands. Contact our office today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Overland Park.