Over 65 Years Of Rodent Control Experience
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 removal, 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 rodent removal. If you’re experiencing a rodent infestation, or you are afraid you could be at risk, let us help you take back your property - and keep it protected for the future.
Modern Pest offers complete Houston rodent control by following a proven three-step system for rodent exclusion:
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 rodent removal based on the size and severity of the infestation.
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.
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 conduct through measures for rodent removal, we’ll keep it from ever coming back.
Modern's Rodent Warranty
Modern Pest Control guarantees that our rodent control methods will 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, the roof rat. While distinct from one another in size, coloration, and behavior, all three of these pests cause destruction and spread disease making greater Houston rodent control a necessity.
If you’re a home, business, or property owner, be on the lookout for the usual suspects:
The Common House Mouse
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 handy because it allows them to slip through even the smallest of cracks. Once they’ve gotten inside, their constant gnawing will only make their entryway even bigger - creating a potential portal for other pests
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. As a result or their size and tenacity, rat removal in your Houston home is best left to the professionals!
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 color 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 their long tail for balance, roof rats are named for their modus operandi: climbing up to your roof, gnawing a way inside, and wreaking havoc.
Our professionals at Modern Pest Control Company will orchestrate your rat removal in Houston and the greater metropolitan area.
Rodents Are Dangerous
Like all animals, rodents want three things: food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, when they break into homes or businesses, they carry a lot of baggage with them, including:
Rats have been nuisance pests for thousands of years, and are 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
- Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
- And more
Aside from transmitting and spreading disease, when a rodent invades a home or business, it will most likely bring other notorious parasites like fleas and ticks along for the ride.
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. These contaminants will jeopardize the sanitation of food items, countertops, and other areas where rodent feces may collect. Furthermore, the presence of these elements triggers asthma and other allergies.
If health risks weren’t enough, rodents are also responsible for millions of dollars spent 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 area in or around the home, including walls, siding, or even foundations.
Beyond wood, rodents gnaw into drywall, flooring, boxes, furniture, clothing, and other household items. Rat burrowing is known to damage sidewalks, decks, and foundations. Even worse, rodents that get into the roof and attic spaces of a house are notorious for chewing on electrical wiring. This poses the dangerous risk of sparking an electrical fire.
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 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 of a larger rodent problem.
- 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) or in the refrigerator. Don’t leave garbage cans out for too long, as the food left inside can attract unwanted house guests, 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. It’s always best to call a certified professional to help with permanent rodent removal.