​Are you hearing noises? Are you finding droppings (feces) in your kitchen, laundry room, garage, attic, crawl space, etc....? You probably have a rodent issue. The first important step is to determine what type of rodent you are dealing with.

Let's start with Mice:


Droppings

Fecal pellets are the most common sign and serve as primary evidence to confirm an infestation. Even a small population of mice can produce literally thousands of droppings in a short period of time. House Mice can produce 50-75 droppings per mouse each day! Mouse droppings are about a 1/4 inch in length (about the size of a grain of rice) and black in color when fesh. Usually after a few days they begin to lose the darker color.


Norway Rats (most common large rats) produce up to 40-50 droppings per rat each day. Rat droppings are about 3/4 -1 inch long and have the same color variation.


Inspection

Mice only require an opening or gap just over a 1/4 inch or dime sized hole to squeeze through while rats only require just over a 1/2 inch. New River Pest Control's in depth Rodent Control service consists of a very thorough inspection of your property to identify and exclude (or seal up) any possible access points under sinks, around dryer vents, holes in foundations or vent screens, exterior plumbing or HVAC lines, etc.. to prevent further infestation. In some instances exclusion may require a bit more than minor access points due to structural issues and recommendations will be made for you to forward to a maintenance or handy person to make necessary repairs.

I place a lot of emphasis on Inspection because dozens of traps and poison can be set, but it would only equate to putting a band-aid on a wound. Rodent activity starts on the outside and they venture in for the same reasons as us, a warm place to sleep and food. If the exclusion points are not sealed, more rodents will keep entering.


Control

Now that everything is hopefully sealed up, it is time to evict your unwelcome house guests. New River Pest Control uses a variety of snap or glue traps that are strategically placed in the interior, attic, crawl space and/or basement, to ensure the best results for capturing ALL of the invaders. Most rodents are usually caught within a few days after setting traps (depending on the size of the infestation and number of traps). All rodent control services include at least 1 follow up visit, 7-14 days after the Initial Service, which is included in the Initial Charge. Follow up visits allow for the removal of caught rodents and resetting of traps, checking exclusion points and sometimes further inspection.


After the access points are excluded and traps set, the treatment focuses on the Exterior Perimeter to control the outside population. New River Pest Control installs and secures Tamper-Proof Rodent Bait Stations to provide a place to feed and shelter. To avoid poisoned rodents dying in inaccessible areas, bait is rarely placed in attics or living spaces.


Preventative Maintenance 

New River Pest Control strongly recommends a Bi-Monthly or Quarterly Service Plan to monitor and maintain the exterior bait stations and continue to control the exterior population, as well as potential new access points. Once the bait is eaten, there is no longer a deterrent to prevent remaining or neighboring populations to gnaw, chew or find new access points. Bait should be checked and replaced or refilled every 2-3 months depending on activity levels. 




 If you live in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Pulaski or Montgomery Counties and have Mouse or Rodent Activity, please call New River Pest Control LLC  (540) 818-9375 to provide Trapping, Exclusion and Baiting to eliminate Rodent Activity. 


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