Florida Rodent Removal and Control

Greasy, stinky, and destructive, rodents are downright nasty. But in the pursuit of food, water, and shelter, the structure of your home or business is appealing, especially as the weather begins to cool. Rodent season in Florida peaks around September or October, meaning they’ll be on the hunt for resources and are more likely to venture indoors.

Rodents are unwelcome in your home or business, and dealing with gross critters is stressful and dangerous to you, your family, or your company. When you hear a little pitter-patter in your home or business in northern Florida, it’s best to contact the professionals at McCall Services to get your rodent issues resolved quickly.

What Are Rodents?

Making up around 40% of all mammal species, rodents are prominent players in Florida’s extensive biodiversity. Rodents are relatively small animals identified by their dental structure. The incisors grow throughout the rodent’s entire lifetime, and their gnawing habits are what keep those teeth filed. However, that gnawing is the same behavior that damages the structure of or belongings in your home or business, as rodents will use just about anything to build their nests.

Rodents are typically no larger than your average house cat, with the exception of the capybara. Capybaras, although native to South America, have become a growing problem in Florida and can weigh well over 100 pounds.

As the state with some of the greatest biodiversity in the United States, Florida homes and businesses are visited by a large number of rodents, including:

Are Rodents Dangerous?

When you see a skinny rat tail in your garage, your first reaction might be to run the other way—and considering the kinds of diseases rodents can carry, we don’t blame you. However, wild rodents are almost always afraid of humans, and while they might like the look of your home or business, they will likely flee at the sight of you.

But just because it isn’t hunting you down doesn’t mean you must have an encounter. Almost any animal will defend itself if it feels threatened and unable to escape, and that could lead to a bite. Handling a rodent, having contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or being bitten by a rodent are all ways that you could be at risk of a rodent-transmitted disease, including rabies and leptospirosis.

If you have a rodent infestation, don’t risk trying to remove it yourself. Instead, find your local McCall Service pest control team and let the professionals give you back your comfort and peace of mind.

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Signs of a Rodent Infestation

The telltale signs of a rodent infestation include droppings. You might see small, dark brown pellets in your pantry, cupboards, or sink that rodents have left behind while scurrying around. If they’ve gotten into your food, you might notice small holes that have been chewed in the packaging.

Rodents are most active at night, so you could hear scratching sounds in the walls and ceiling as you lie in bed—or you might smell them. Rodents often bring a nasty, pungent, musky odor, and their urine and feces could also create quite a stink.

If a rodent is nesting, you might also find shredded paper, damaged fabric, or dried plant debris that the rodent uses as material for its new home.

How To Prevent a Rodent Infestation

During rodent season, there are precautions you should take in order to keep rodents and other pests from entering your home or business. Maintaining a clean space with minimal food crumbs or accessible trash will reduce their incentive to explore the area. Remove possible water sources as well.

Inspect your structure and look for any holes inside or outside that need to be plugged or sealed. Keep the area surrounding your home or business tidy as well, and remove any places where a rodent may like to nest, such as in leaf piles or deep mulch.

However, when rodents have already found their way into your home or business and have made themselves at home, calling in the professionals at McCall Service is your best solution.

Professional Rodent Removal and Prevention With McCall Service

When our team visits your home or business to treat your rodent problem, we’ll clear your place of the existing infestation and implement measures to prevent them from returning. That way, you can continue to live and work knowing you won’t turn the corner and find a greasy guest staring back at you.

McCall’s rodent control includes methods of humane animal trapping, relocation, and exclusion (pest-proofing). With over 130+ combined years of experience in the wildlife control field, our team has what it takes to get your home or business rodent-free before you know it.

The sooner you reach out, the sooner you’ll regain your peace of mind. Contact your friends at McCall today for expert rodent control services in your home or business!

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