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Over 65 Years Of Rodent Control Experience

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Rodents are never a good thing. Between diseases, property damage, and the things they leave behind, rats and mice in a home or business only mean a big headache for the property owner.


While home and property owners in Texas and across the southwest should always be aware of and take precautions against rodent invaders, Greater Houston area residents should take particular care. Rodents thrive near humans, and Houston ’s high population density and perfect climate conditions present ample opportunities for rodent infestations, especially in the fall and winter months.


Rodents are a nightmare for any home or business. Luckily, no one’s better at rodent trapping and exclusion than Modern Pest. We’ve proudly served the Greater Houston area with pest control services for over 65 years, and our time of expert service technicians are equipped to handle any rodent problem, big or small.  And if the problem turns out to be something else, don't worry! We offer effective wildlife control services for raccoons, squirrels, possums, and more!


If you’re experiencing a rodent problem, or think you might be, contact us for a free consultation!

 


How Modern Pest Resolves Rodent Problems

At Modern Pest Control, our licensed and certified pest technicians have over 65 years of experience servicing the Greater Houston area with safe and effective rodent control and exclusion. If you’re experiencing a rodent infestation, or are afraid you could be at risk, let us help you take back your property - and keep it protected for the future.


Modern Pest follows a proven three-step system for rodent exclusion:


Inspection

After contacting us for a consultation, one of our licensed and trained pest control technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your property to diagnose any signs animal or pest presence. After determining potential entry points such as breezeways, utility access points, or openings along the roofline, he or she will be able to quote a price for exclusion based on the size and severity of the infestation.


Trapping

Based on our findings, we’ll implement a plan to target any rodents or other pests inside your structure. For rodents, this means utilizing strategically-placed trapping devices to target the source of the infestation.


Exclusion

With all the rodents on the premises trapped, we’ll then exclude them from the home or business before sealing any active openings or potential pest points using heavy gauge screens and metal screws. We won’t just remove your rodent problem, we’ll keep it from ever coming back.

 


Modern's Rodent Warranty

Modern Pest Control guarantees our rodent control work. If the holes we seal are re-opened by pests within the one year warranty period, we will come back free of charge to re-seal the holes.


This warranty can be extended.  Please ask us for details.

 

 


Types Of Rodents
That Threaten Greater Houston 

While Houston-area homes face all manner of potential invaders, the three biggest rodent invaders across the state of Texas are the common house mouse, the Norway rat, and the roof rat. While distinct from one another in size, coloration, and behavior, all three of these pests mean one thing if they’re allowed into any man-made structure: destruction.

If you’re a home, business, or property owner in Houston, be on the lookout for the usual suspects:

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Mice

Mice are distinctive for their grayish-brown fur, lighter-colored bellies, long tails, big ears, and their small, dark, beady eyes. The common house mouse can reach up to seven inches in length from nose to tail, making them smaller than their rat cousins.

However, their smaller size can come in to their advantage, allowing them to slip into even the smallest of cracks. Once they’ve gotten inside, their constant gnawing will only make their entry hole even bigger - creating potential for other pests to join them.

 

 

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Norway Rats

Norway rats are immediately distinguishable from mice by their bigger, stockier bodies, blunt noses, smaller ears, bulging eyes, and bicolored tails. Their fur is scruffy, often brown fur peppered with black hairs, with lighter grayish-white underside.

While Norway rats can grow up to nine-and-a-half inches in length, even larger than their roof rat cousins, their bulkier builds make them better swimmers than their climbers. So while you probably won’t see a Norway rat climbing your shingles, you might find one trying to gnaw its way into your plumbing.

 

 

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Roof Rats

Roof rats are smaller and leaner in build than Norway rats, giving them a distinct advantage in climbing. Beyond size differences, roof rats are also darker in coloration than their cousins, with dark brown or black back fur and lighter-colored underbellies. They also have pointed noses, large ears, and big eyes.

Roof rats grow up to eight inches in length, with their tail often adding an extra six or more inches. Using its long tail for balance, roof rats are named for their modus operandi: climbing up to your roof, gnawing a way inside, and wreaking havoc.

 

 


The Dangers Rodents Bring

Like all animals, rodents want three things: food, water, and shelter, and they’ll do anything they have to in order to get it. Unfortunately, when they break into homes or businesses, they carry a lot of baggage with them, including:


Disease

Rats have been nuisance pests for thousands of years, and have been shown to be directly responsible for spreading some of the most deadly diseases in history. According to the CDC, the diseases known to be directly transmitted by rodents include:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
  • Lassa Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)
  • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Plague
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Salmonella
  • Tularemia
  • And more

Beyond direct transmission, don’t forget that when a rodent invades a human home or business, it could be bringing other notorious parasites like fleas and ticks along for the ride…


Biological Factors

In addition to the diseases they carry in their bodies, rodents also leave dangerous biological elements behind in the form of hair, droppings, and body oil. The presence of these elements has been shown to be a trigger for asthma and other allergies, as well as contamination to any food items they gain access to.  


Property Damage

If health risks weren’t enough, rodents are also responsible for millions annually across the country. Most rodents’ incisors never stop growing, causing them to constantly gnaw on anything they can find in order to wear them down. In a human residence, this often means homeowners can expect to find extensive damage to any wooden areas in or around the home, including  their walls, sidings, or even foundations.


Beyond wood, rodents are known to gnaw into drywall and flooring, as well as boxes, furniture, clothing, and other household items. Rat burrowing is known to damage sidewalks, decks, and foundations, and worse, rodents that get into the roof and attic spaces of a house are notorious for chewing on electrical wiring - sparking an electrical fire in the process.

 

 


Greater Houston Rodent Prevention Tips

With so much at stake, you can’t afford to leave your home at risk of rodent infestation. Here are some quick prevention tips you can use to safeguard your Houston-area property against rats and mice:

 

  • Know What to Look For: Inspect your home thoroughly for tell-tale signs of rodent infestation, including droppings, gnaw marks, fur, nesting material, shredded paper or insulation, signs of chewing on food packaging, and holes in walls or flooring. Many homeowners with rodent infestations also report a stale smell throughout the house. If you find rodents inside your house, especially in the daytime, it’s an almost certain sign that you’ve got a severe infestation on your hands.
  • Know Where to Look: Inspect common areas for rodent biting or nesting in your home, including around walls and flooring, baseboards, furniture, attic spaces, the garage, in and around plumbing, behind wall voids, in crawl spaces, and in any areas with stacks of clothing or other potential nesting material. Outside the house, check the exterior foundation, walls, gutters, and roof.
  • Know When to Look: Rodents are primarily nocturnal, so consider re-inspecting your home with a flashlight at night. Likewise, keep an ear out for any signs of scratching or gnawing as it could lead you to the source of the infestation.
  • Eliminate Food Sources: Deny rodent invaders of any food or water source. Keep all food around the house in sealed containers (including pet food), refrigerated if possible. Don’t leave garbage cans out for too long, as the food left inside can attract unwanted houseguests, and vacuum regularly to keep crumbs off the floor.
  • Call a Professional: Unfortunately, most home and business owners aren’t equipped to fully eliminate a rodent infestation on their own. With so much at risk and so much that can go wrong, it’s always best to bring a certified professional on board if you want your rodent problem gone for good.

 

 

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