The Trick To Keeping Mice And Rats Out Of Your Turks & Caicos Home

mouse in kitchen pantry

Mice and rats may seem cute, with their fuzzy faces, whiskers, and little ears, but don’t let their looks fool you. Rodents like mice and rats can be destructive and dangerous if they make their way into your home. 

Fortunately, Parkway Pest Solutions is here to provide professional pest control in Turks & Caicos, protecting your home from common pests, including mice and rats.

How Mice And Rats Differ In Appearance

When it comes to mice and rats, these two rodents are similar in appearance. Most people in the Turks & Caicos won’t want to get close enough to either species of rodent to be able to tell the difference. But if you know what to look for, you can quickly identify mice and rats and tell them apart. 

Here are some of the differences between mice and rats in the Turks & Caicos for you to look out for:

  • Rats are larger and thicker than mice.
  • Mice have more triangular snouts with long whiskers, while a rat’s snout is blunter.
  • Mice have thin, hairy tails, while rat tails are usually longer, hairless, and scaly.
  • Rats have small ears, while mice have ears that look too large for their body.

If you have rodents in your home that you are struggling to identify, contact us immediately and let one of our trained pest control experts help determine what species of rodent you are dealing with and how to treat them.

Both Rats And Mice Are Dangerous To Have In Your Home

Whether you are dealing with mice or rats, having them in your Turks & Caicos home can be dangerous. These pests can expose you and your family to various diseases, including the bubonic plague, rat-bite fever, and salmonella. 

Other dangers from mice and rats include dander from their hair and dried urine, triggering asthma attacks and allergic reactions in children, the elderly, and people with compromised respiratory systems. They can also put you at risk for floods and fires by gnawing through pipes and live electrical wires.  

Prevention Tips For Mice And Rats Are Very Similar

Both mice and rats come into our homes searching for food, water, and shelter. So the methods for keeping mice out of our homes also work for rats, and vice versa. Here are a few tips to prevent a rodent infestation in your home:

  • Use door sweeps on all exterior doors
  • Install screens on all vents, chimneys, and other openings
  • Seal cracks and crevices in your home, including where utilities enter
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home
  • Eliminate areas of moisture like leaking pipes and clogged drains
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Keep trash in sealed bins
  • Eliminate clutter that rodents can use as shelter

Following these tips will make your home less attractive to rodents and keep them away from you and your family.

Professional Rodent Control Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Mice Or Rats

Whatever species of rodent is infesting your home, the best way to get rid of them is with professional rodent control from Parkway Pest Solutions. Our trained technicians can quickly identify the species of rodent in your home and exactly what steps to take to eliminate them using traps, bait stations, and other treatments that are safe for pets and children. 

We will also help you prevent future rodent infestations by sealing potential entry points and changing conditions that may attract rodents. We’ll keep you, your family, and your home protected from these dangerous and destructive pests, so you can enjoy life without worrying about the issues rodents can cause.