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Rodent Populations Are Rising

As Florida continues to grow, the number of people living in Palm Beach County is expected to reach 1.5 million.  The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research says Palm Beach County’s population was just 1.41 million as of mid-2017. UF demographers expect the population to top 1.5 million as soon as 2020.  As human populations grow, so do the rat populations. Why?  It’s simple.  Humans create ample sources of food, water and shelter.

 What exactly does this mean for you?

According to a recent scientific study, it has been estimated that there is at least 1 rat for every 36 people living in America today.  Here in Palm Beach County, Florida, that means there is an estimated rat population of nearly 41,700.  However, you may be thinking that Palm Beach County is large and the rats live out in the woods, but when you break it down, the statistics suggest that there is 1 rodent for every 6 feet of space. That sounds a little too close for comfort, doesn’t it?

 How does this affect you?

Rats and mice are one of the unhealthiest and most damaging pests around.  In fact, insurance companies claim that 20% of undetermined fires in the United States annually are caused by rodents. Rodents chew on your home’s wiring, spill flammables in your garage and contaminate insulation in your attic.

Nearly 30% of homeowners have had a rodent problem in their home.

Rodents can leave behind 3,000 micro-droplets of urine a day.  This urine, which contains a host of bacteria and viruses, ends up wherever the mice travel: on your kitchen counters, on your floors, in your silverware drawers and food cupboards.  Their larger rat cousins, the roof and Norway rats, also leave behind feces and urine with pathogens capable of spreading salmonella, murine typhus and other maladies.

Rodent infestations are more than just an annoyance. A rat or mouse infestation also brings along other pests, such as fleas, lice, ticks and mites. They, are not typically included in rodent control programs.

What can be done about it?

The National Pest Management Association recommends that homeowners take proactive steps to prevent a rodent infestation. Periodically look for signs of possible unwanted rodents around your home. Look for chewing marks on wood, rub marks from grease on their bodies, droppings in corners under cabinets and appliances and rat nests.  Rats will shred anything available to use.  Rodents don’t always make noises that can be heard as a telltale sign. If you see any rodent signs, take immediate action. Call a professional. Do it yourselfers tend to use rodenticides or home remedies. Home remedies are mixtures that do little more than make the rodent sick. While rodenticides can be effective and home remedies may seem to work at first, they often result in animals dying in the attic or walls or other undesirable locations. When it comes to rodents in your attic, a professional is necessary. Vulcan Pest Control has more than 30 years of experience in rodent services.  Our 6 Point Rodent Control Program includes inspection, identification, exclusion, elimination, sanitation and monitoring.  Call us today for a free estimate!

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