Are Rats or Mice in Your Revelstoke Home?

While some find certain rodents to be cute, we can all agree that no one wants rats, mice, and squirrels taking over their own house, apartment, or commercial building. Shuswap Pest Control is here to remove the most common pests and rodents from buildings in Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Vernon, and the surrounding areas.


Squirrels

Naturally curious and clever, squirrels are some of the most common rodents to invade a home or business. No matter how small the opening, squirrels will keep searching until they find a point of entry. Once they have settled into your home, squirrels can cause extensive damage to wood, aluminum, and insulation. While it may not always be necessary to decontaminate the affected areas, your home may require re-insulation after the squirrels have been removed.


Signs of a squirrel infestation may include:

  • Squirrels Running along Roof or Entering Attic
  • Squirrel Droppings
  • Scratching Noises (Typically in Daytime)
  • Holes in Home Siding or Under Soffits
  • Chewed Wires


Mice

Many homes have tiny cracks and holes that largely go unnoticed by occupants. Yet, mice can easily use these narrow entrances to access most areas of home. To determine the severity of the infestation, it is important to conduct and extensive inspection of the building’s exterior and interior. Since many mice carry Hantavirus, decontamination may be required in order to protect the health of building occupants.

If your structure is found to have an infestation it is important to remedy the problem as quickly as possible. One single female mouse can produce up to 10 litters in a single year and mice are capable of mating after only 20 days of being born.


Common signs of a mice infestation can include:

  • Damaged Food Packaging in Cupboards
  • Nests of Shredded Fibers
  • Unexplained Musky Odours
  • Droppings
  • Gnawed Furniture or Plastic
  • Sighting of a Dead or Living Mouse
  • Scratching Sounds at Night


Rats

If you see a rat in your home, it is likely that a “full-blown” infestation is already present. Rats normally don’t reveal themselves unless they are cramped for space by other, more dominant rats. Due to their elusiveness, rats can be some of the most difficult rodents to remove from a home or structure. We can help.


Once all rats have been removed then it is essential to identify all potential points of entry in order to prevent future infestations. Some of the most common entry points are vents and foundation cracks. Although, rats have been known to burrow under foundations and enter through crawlspaces or dirt floors.


Signs of a rat infestation may include:

  • Sighting of a Dead or Living Rat
  • Rat Droppings
  • Rat Nest in Attic, Loft or Under Floor Boards
  • Rat Teeth Markings (Floorboards & Walls)
  • Damaged Food Packaging in Cupboards


Stand up to your rodent infestation — call Shuswap Pest Control for service in Vernon, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, and all of the surrounding areas.

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