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Effective Rodent Control in Columbus OH

Worried about mice, rats, or other rodents sneaking into your home or business? It’s understandable to want to keep these pests away for many reasons. Rodents can cause all kinds of property damage — and even spread diseases.

Having reliable rodent control Columbus, OH can give you peace of mind! At ScherZinger Pest Control, we’ve been providing these services to residential and commercial customers in the area since 1934. Let’s explore why and when you might need rodent control in greater detail.

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Common Types of Rodents in Columbus, OH

What kinds of rodents are you likely to find in our local area? Mice and rats are incredibly common. In fact, different species can invade your business or home. The most common kinds of rodents to watch for include the following.

House Mice

These tiny mice can easily sneak into homes and buildings through the smallest gaps. In fact, they can squeeze through openings that are as small as a 1/4 inch in diameter! Their size allows them to build nests inside walls and other hard-to-reach areas. What do they look like? Their physical characteristics include:

  • Brownish-gray fur color
  • 2.5 to 4 inches in length as adults
  • Long tail that’s the same length as the body
  • Slender and small body and head
  • Larger ears
  • Narrow, pointy nose


Deer Mice

It’s easy to confuse house mice with deer mice. But they’re in different families of mice. Deer mice tend to stay away from people as much as they can. If they do get into buildings, they usually build nests in out-of-the-way spaces, such as crawl spaces or attics.

Deer mice have these physical characteristics:

  • Brown fur
  • White underbelly
  • White feet
  • Bicolored tail that’s usually brown and white
  • 5 to 8 inches long as adults



Norway Rats

Telling the difference between rats and mice is often easier. Rats, especially Norway rats, are a lot bigger than house mice and deer mice. Norway rats — or sewer rats — can get into buildings and homes in several ways.

They can gnaw, swim, or climb in order to access different openings. Some build nests in buildings. Others nest elsewhere but enter buildings to look for food. How can you identify Norway rats? Look for these physical characteristics:

  • Gray or brown color
  • Hairless, scaly tail that’s not as long as their body
  • 10 inches long as adults
  • Blunt, rounded nose
  • Small ears
  • Rounded body


Other Rodents

Rats and mice aren’t the only reasons to get rodent control in Columbus. You might also need it for these other common rodents:

  • Gray squirrels
  • Voles
  • Ground squirrels
  • Chipmunks

These kinds of rodents can also cause problems for homeowners and business owners in Columbus. They can cause interior property damage, such as chewing on wires or gnawing holes in wood. Some might also cause damage to outdoor areas, like gardens and yards.

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Our Proactive Approach to Rodent Control in Columbus

Looking for more effective ways to stop rats and mice from invading your home or business? At ScherZinger Pest Control, we take a proactive approach to rodent control in Columbus.

Our methods remove the problem and help reduce the risk of having future rodent infestations, keeping you and your property safe! Our rodent control services include the following:

  • Exterior Bait Stations: We identify potential points of entry and place bait stations in these areas. Our trained pest control professionals monitor and place bait at these stations regularly.
  • Interior Multi-catch Traps: To catch rats and mice that manage to get inside, we identify potential entry points and place secured traps in these locations.
  • Remote Monitoring Technology: This technology allows us to closely monitor rodent activity in high-risk or high-traffic areas.

Warning Signs of a Rodent Infestation

Taking immediate action if you have rats or mice around helps protect you from property damage and health hazards. Remember that many rodents can rapidly increase their population in a short amount of time!

How do you know if you have an infestation? Rodents are good at staying hidden when people are around, making them hard to spot. But there are other ways to tell if you have a rodent problem. We’ll go over some of the signs to watch for in your home or building.

Identifying Rat Infestations

Rats might be entering or nesting in your home or building if you have any of these signs:

  • Droppings of around an inch in length with blunted ends
  • Odors from basements, attics, or crawlspaces
  • Damaged household items, such as packages of food
  • Gnaw marks or holes with jagged edges on other surfaces
  • Grease marks on walls or other surfaces

Identifying Mouse Infestations

You might have a mouse problem if you have any of these signs:

  • Small droppings that have pointed ends and are brown in color
  • Nests or nest materials around, such as fabric, paper, or string
  • Nests in basements, attics, or areas close to food sources
  • Scratching noises in ceilings or walls, especially during the night
  • Teeth marks on household objects, such as boxes of food

Preventing Rodent Problems

Taking steps to keep rats and mice away is better than having to deal with an infestation. You can do several things to prevent rodents, such as:

  • Storing food items, including pet food, in airtight containers
  • Cleaning up crumbs, spills, and other sources of food and water
  • Fixing leaks to reduce water sources for rodents
  • Sealing up cracks (but remember that rats can chew through many materials, including concrete and aluminum!)
  • Emptying household garbage and storing trash in secure trash cans outside


Rodents: A Potential Threat to Your Health

Did you know that rodents bite around 100,000 people per year? These bites aren’t just a nuisance. Some rodents are known to spread diseases — including potentially serious illnesses — through bites and scratches.

In some cases, rodents transmit diseases through their urine or feces. That means you risk being exposed to these germs when cleaning up their messes.

In other cases, rodents carry diseases that ticks spread. Having these rodents in or around your home or business can put you at risk of catching certain tick-borne illnesses. For example, deer mice are a common vector for Lyme disease.

Some rodent-borne diseases that rats and some mice can cause include the following:

  • Rat-bite fever
  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bubonic plague
  • Lyme disease
  • Tularemia

Note that rodents are a danger to pets, too. Rodents can spread some diseases to pets and people.

Rodents: Types of Property Damage They Cause

Having rodents around can put your home or building at risk of damage. Rats and mice can gnaw or chew their way through many materials. Once they’re inside, they can build nests, have multiple litters, and cause major problems for you!

Did you know that rodents cause millions of dollars in damage to electronic equipment, including computers? A rat or mouse infestation can cost you tons of money if you need to replace expensive equipment that they damage.

But that’s not the only problem rodents can cause. Other kinds of property damage include the following:

  • Fires from chewing or gnawing on wiring
  • Holes in walls or other structures
  • Contaminated pantry or kitchen items, such as boxed foods and pet food
  • Insulation damage
  • Damage to trees, plants, and other vegetation
  • Lawn damage due to tunneling

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