Rats and Mice
Rodent Removal and Control Richmond, Virginia
Here at Virginia Wildlife Pros, we use a scientifically proven set of principles and procedures that allow us to combat the most damaging and unruly rat and mice rodent infestations in Richmond and the surrounding central Virginia areas. From rodent removal and baiting to mouse control, rat proofing, rodent cleanup, rodent damage repair, and even integrated pest management (IPM), when you need to control rodents in Richmond, Virginia, we have the safe and workable solutions you can trust. Our mice and rat exterminators use a concentrated approach to rodent control and trapping that involves rigorous structural inspections, pest damage repairs, and rodent-proofing. With state-of-the-art materials, cutting edge technologies, and science-supported methodologies, Virginia Wildlife Pros can quickly get rid of rats and mice.

Whether you have rats in the attic or mice in the walls, our licensed and insured Richmond VA rodent pest control operators are standing by, ready to solve your rodent problems as quickly as possible and under budget. All of our mice and rat pest control services come with a Guarantee; some even come with a 2-year warranty! As a local Virginia wildlife removal and pest control company, we are devoted to the highest standards of professionalism and customer service and work hard to ensure your safety and comfort are preserved.

Contact us at 804-292-0156 to speak with a friendly pest professional about your rodent removal and control needs, today. We serve residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal properties all throughout the Richmond areas, including Henrico, Midlothian, Glen Allen, Mechanicsville, and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rodent Damages and Threats

Rodents are small and stealthy, allowing them to find their way into our homes and businesses with ease. Mice and rats often enter edifices through holes, cracks, and damaged areas. Roof rats can climb higher up and squeeze through features like vents, gables, attic fans, and more. Rodents are also omnivorous, eating much of the same kinds of foods as us, so they will pillage gardens, flowerbeds, trashcans, pet food, and more. They seek out our yards, homes, and businesses for two reasons: food and shelter. Unfortunately, they create chaos when successful.

It is common knowledge that rodents are dirty and destructive. But the extent of their damages is often underestimated until the damage has already been done. How damaging can rats and mice be? Well, the scope of their destruction depends on how many there are and how long they have been there. But even just one or two rodents can wreak havoc on a property in several ways, especially if they have partners and begin to reproduce without your knowledge. A single pair of rats can generate a family tree of 15,000 to 20,000 in just one year! Mice reproduce just as quickly, with females giving birth to handfuls of offspring as much as 10 times per year. With an average of 5 to 8 babies per litter, the math speaks for itself. So, if you suspect that you have a rodent infestation in your home or business, you are smart to act fast.

Aside from being quick breeders, rodents like mice and rats are filthy. Their fur, saliva, urine, and feces carry several infectious and transmissible diseases that can be spread to both people and pets. Rats and mice are known carriers of Salmonella, Hantavirus, Rat Bite Fever, Leptospirosis, Eosinophilic meningitis, fleas, and ticks. Their urine and droppings will quickly soil wall and attic insulation, floorboards, and any other nearby surroundings. The odors can become thick and airborne, traveling to inner quarters of a home or business. If a rat or mouse dies in the wall or attic, the odors are even more pungent and intolerable.

Rodents can even destroy clothing, furniture, food, electronics, and HVAC systems. In places of business, they can damage stock, contaminate foods, and even pose serious health code violations. Rats and mice will also pose several fire hazards by chewing up electrical wiring and using insulation as nesting material. Rats love to chew and gnaw on electrical wires, furniture, boxes, and anything else they can access to keep their chompers under control. Mice like insulation, tunneling through it, shredding it up, and using it for nesting material. This can reduce the performance of the insulation, thus increasing your monthly energy bills. Just one more example of how a rodent problem can cost you.

Pest prevention and proofing are important steps toward protecting your property against costly rat mice infestations and rodent tampering. Virginia Wildlife Pros provides full-service rodent removal and control, including comprehensive rodent infestation cleanup, decontamination, and repair. We safely get rid of rodents, eradicate related pests and insects, reverse the destructive they caused, and prevent them from coming back. We know how to locate hidden entry points and specifically target rats or mice by applying species-specific strategies. Using an Eco-friendly, anti-microbial formula, our rodent pest control teams can even eliminate all pheromone trails left by rats and mice, plus kill all residual diseases carried in rodent fur, urine, and droppings.

Mice Exterminators in Richmond VA

In the state of Virginia, we are troubled with the common House mouse (Mus musculus). Dealing with a mice infestation is a lot different than rats. They are two different species that require a separate set of locating and abatement methods. House mice are smaller than rats, typically around 5 or 7 inches with big round ears, small eyes, and a long, hairless tail. Compared to rats, which are cautious rodents, mice are curious rodents. They are more inclined to explore new areas and investigate anything that sparks their interest. For this reason, they are somewhat easier to get rid of than rats, but there is still a strict science involved. Mice are often found behind appliances, inside wall voids, and underneath furniture. You might also find remnants of their food scraps in odd places, like inside shoes or in the corners of cabinets and closets.

Here at Virginia Wildlife Pros, we do not rely on mice traps and abatement devices to get rid of mice. Mice are clever enough to learn the dangers of mouse traps and will eventually start to avoid them. We have proven strategies that work around this mouse instinct as well. To get rid of mice in Richmond, tactical mouse trapping and removal are not the best methods. As a licensed Richmond VA wildlife control and animal trapping company dedicated to the humane extraction and exclusion of nuisance critters, we use a more concentrated approach to control rodents and fully eliminate mouse colonies.

Although mouse baiting strategies work well, they should be part of a larger mouse control plan that includes sealing up and repairing openings and entry points, installing rodent prevention devices like mesh screens, and treating any affected areas with an Eco-friendly, anti-microbial formula that will destroy all mice pheromone trails and kill any diseases carried in mice fur, urine, and droppings. When necessary and within Virginia and Federal law, we will use commercial-grade rodenticides and pesticides to treat a mouse infestation.

Get Rid of Rats in Richmond Virginia

A completely different approach to animal removal and prevention is necessary if you want to get rid of rats in Richmond, Virginia. Unlike mice, which are more predictable to locate, lure, and trap, rats are a cautious rodent, so they are not inclined to go explore or frequent new places until they feel comfortable with the environment. So, whether you have rats in the attic, rats in the house, or rats in the garden, their traps must be placed in precise spots and in a particular way to get rats to succumb to them.

Our Richmond rat exterminators know exactly how to trap and remove Norway rats and Roof rats, the two most common species of rats in the Virginia region. Roof rats (Rattus rattus), also known as Black rats or Ship rats, are excellent climbers and will access areas of a house or building from higher up, while Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus), also known as Brown rats or Common rats, will remain grounded, looking for access in backyards, crawl spaces, basements, foundation cracks, outdoor vents, and even broken drains and toilets.

Although rats are much larger than mice, they are still incredibly smart and stealthy, so they can go undetected for long periods of time before revealing signs of their occupancy. Rat feces is usually the first indication of a rat infestation, while noises from walls and ceilings are another. They also chew up wood, furniture, electrical wiring, and anything else that will suffice to sharpen their teeth. Depending on the species of rat, they can be found living in attics, roofing systems, wall voids, vents, HVAC systems, basements, crawl spaces, closets, ducts, and more.

Our Richmond rat pest control services start with a comprehensive inspection for signs of rats, structural damages, structural deficiencies that can lead to rat intrusions, rat nests, and of course, the actual rats. Next, if you choose, we can use a scientific set of methodologies and state-of-the-art materials to remove all resident rats, then seal and repair any spots that can be used for reentry. Following rat removal and control, we apply a non-toxic, anti-microbial treatment to any rat infested areas to erase any residual pheromones that might attract rats back. This treatment application also kills up to 99.9% of all bacteria and diseases left behind by rat fur, droppings, and urine.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents
Do I Have Mice?
There are many signs that indicate you have mice in the house or building. Look for common mouse infestation signs like chewed holes in boxes or baseboards, chewed electrical wires, musty odors, black rice-shaped droppings, squeaking or chittering sounds coming from hidden places (behind the fridge, inside the walls, below the floorboards, etc.), random food scraps, piled papers, damaged insulation, and evidence of nesting.
Do I Have Rats?
Many people jump to the conclusion that they have a mouse problem in their home or business, when it fact, its rats. The signs of rat activity and infestation are slightly different than those of mouse infestations. Norway rats generally stay ground level, burrowing around in yards or in basements and crawl spaces, while Roof rats can access higher ground with ease, making them common nesters in attics, roofs, ductwork, and upper-level wall voids.
Do Rats and Mice Carry Diseases?
Rodents like mice and rats are known carriers of several infectious and contagious diseases, including Salmonella, Hantavirus, Rat Bite Fever, Leptospirosis, Eosinophilic meningitis, fleas, and ticks. These illnesses and parasites can affect humans and pets.
Why Do I Have a Rodent Infestation?
It’s not entirely your fault that you have a rodent infestation. The reason why you have rats or mice taking up shelter on or within your property is because they were able to find a gap or crevice to get inside. After all, mice can squeeze through a hole as small as a dime, while rats only need a quarter-sized opening to get through. During certain times of the year, rodents are even more enthusiastic about finding warm, dry shelter that is safe from predators. Your place just happened to be vulnerable somewhere, somehow. Comprehensive rodent trapping, removal, and prevention services will make sure this won’t happen to you again!
What Can I Do to Prevent Rodents on My Property?
Aside from hiring our certified rodent removal teams for full-service rat and mice trapping, removal, and proofing, there are a few things you can do yourself to keep rodents away. Be sure to cut down hanging vines in your yard and remove accessible food sources on your premises. You also need to keep your trashcans covered with lids at all times and harvest your garden yields with haste. You may also do well to remove shelter-like structures used by rodents, like woodpiles, compost piles, brush piles, dense shrubbery, and scrap metal debris. Oh, and one more thing: you could adopt a cat or two!

Request Rodent Control Service Today

Don’t let rodents devastate the comfort, quality, and value of your home or business. Contact Virginia Wildlife Pros at 804-292-0156 to speak with licensed and insured rodent exterminators in Richmond who can help you get rid of mice and rats as fast as possible. We serve residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal properties throughout Richmond and its surrounding towns, including Midlothian, Mechanicsville, Glen Allen, Henrico, and Charlottesville, Virginia.



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