Mice, Rats and Other Rodents
Signs You May Have a Rodent Infestation
- Gnawed wood and plastic – Mice and rats will forage through walls and insulation, leaving holes in walls and molding, gnawed wood, and chewed plastic.
- Chewed electrical wiring – A more pervasive rodent infestation would present itself with chewed electrical wires inside the walls of your house.
- Skittering noises – During silent moments, often during the night, you may be able to hear the rodents making their way through the walls and ductwork.
- Droppings and nests found around the house – Mice and rats will build their nests out of soft materials found inside the walls of your house and will leave droppings everywhere.
- Rodents caught in traps – Before calling a pest control professional about your suspected rodent problem, set mouse traps around your house to see if they are lured out. If you manage to catch a mouse or a rat, then you’ve likely got an infestation.
If you have any the above signs of a rodent infestation, call the professionals at Ehlers Pest Management today to schedule an appointment.
Ehlers Pest Management Eliminates Rodent Infestations throughout the Southeast Wisconsin Area
The rodent control specialists at Ehlers Pest Management have extensive experience with rodent removal in homes and commercial buildings throughout the southeast Wisconsin area. Our professional pest exterminators will rid your property of whatever type of vermin that’s infesting it, including but not limited to:
- Deer mice
- House mice
- Cotton rats
- Roof rats
- Norway rats
- And much more
All our rodent eradication plans are designed with the safety of humans, pets and the environment in mind. We may implement low-impact methods first, such as strategically placed traps, both nontoxic and mechanical. For larger infestations, such as those in large commercial facilities, our Milwaukee-based exterminators may implement more intensive measures.
Mice and rodent infestations occur in homes and businesses throughout Wisconsin, and our pest control specialists have dealt with rodent infestations from all over.
Are Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Effective on Mice and Rats?
It seems like a great idea—a small electronic device emitting high frequency sound waves to scare away mice and rats. Unfortunately, these devices rarely perform as advertised.
Many an unwary home owner has purchased one of these units, plugged it in, and been amazed to see the telltale signs of mice are gone within a week. Only trouble is, the mice are back a week later. Mice become used to the noise… or adept at avoiding it. Like light, sound waves can be blocked by furniture, boxes or other objects. So mice simply find alternate routes where the sound waves are blocked.
Anyone with a pet in the house may want to think twice about using one of these devices. They generate sounds just outside of our hearing range but well within the range of what cats and dogs can hear. There are numerous reports of cats and dogs being noticeably disturbed by these high frequency noises.
Ultimately, an Experienced Exterminator is Your Best Choice to Get Rid of Mice
As professional exterminators, Ehlers Pest Management has access to a wide range of rodent control methods not available to the average homeowner. We use proven techniques and rodenticides, favoring environmentally responsible and pet-friendly pest control methods. You may think you have just a mouse or two that got in seeking shelter from the cold, but there may be an entire family of them in your walls or attic. If there is, we'll find them and get rid of them.
Wisconsin Rodent Control Identification
Like all mice species, deer mice are bicolored—light to reddish-brown tops and pure white feet and underbelly—and are named for their coats, resembling the color of a white-tailed deer’s. Deer mice grow up to 2 inches long. They love forested, rural areas, nesting in tree holes, under and inside logs, and in piles of branches, leaves, or stones. On the rare occasion they invade a home or building, deer mice prefer areas with the least amount of human activity, like basements, garages, attics, and crawl spaces.
While deer mice appear cute and cuddly, they carry the deadly Hantavirus. Hantavirus is a respiratory disease and can be fatal to humans. While wearing proper protective gear will reduce your chances of contracting Hantavirus, hiring a certified rodent control specialist from Ehlers Pest Management is your safest defense for deer mice control.
House mice are light brown or light gray, growing up to 3 to 4 inches long with large ears, small eyes, and a pointed nose. Mice are found in both rural and urban areas throughout the country, nesting in stacked firewood and piles of leaves, stones, and bricks. Smaller than rats, house mice can squeeze into buildings and homes through a ¼ inch opening. Once inside, they prefer nesting near heat, moisture, and food.
Norway rats vary in color from black to brown to gray, growing between 10 and 12 inches long. They are comfortable nesting outside in fields, forests, farms, vacant lots and piles of leaves, firewood, stones, and bricks. Norway rats and other rodents usually come inside seeking new food sources in the fall when the seeds and plants rodents feed on are gone. Like all rats, Norway rats are great climbers, entering homes and buildings through holes near soffit vents and cables and through turbines and roof vents.
Roof rats are gray, brown, or black, with body lengths ranging between 10 and 12 inches. While roof rats share many characteristics with their other rat relatives, their name derives from their preference for high places—trees, rafters, attics, and roofs. Roof rats prefer rural areas like farms, fields, and forests. Once in the home, roof rats nest in piles of firewood, in the insulation in attics and in-between walls.
Voles are blackish-brown to grayish-brown and grow as large as 5 inches from head to body, with tail lengths ranging from 2 to 3 inches. Voles are poor climbers and usually nest in the lower levels of buildings. They create precision runways or tunnels just below the ground surface, preferring to live outdoors in dense meadows or fields. Homes and buildings near these fields are at the greatest risk for vole infestation and the resulting damage from the vole’s tunneling.