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Top 5 Misconceptions about Rats and Mice

 Most people do not know much about rats and mice except that they chew on anything they can land their incisor teeth on. While you do not need to earn a degree in rodents, it is important to have the basic facts right. Here in this post, we will shed light on the top five misconceptions about rats and mice. Read on.

Misconception #1: It Is Okay to Approach Rats and Mice

Many people think that rodents such as rats and mice are harmless. They think it is okay to approach and touch a rat or mouse with bare hands.

Well, it is not.

Rats and mice can carry disease-causing bacteria. You or a family member can get infected with either one of the 35+ rodent-borne diseases if –

  • You ingest food/water contaminated by a rat or mouse
  • You ingest air contaminated by rat/mouse urine, droppings, or fur
  • You get bitten by a rat or mouse (yes, they can turn violent if pushed to a corner)
  • An open wound is exposed to contaminated particles

Just recently, 31 fatalities were identified in the U.S. due to the Seoul virus, a type of Hantavirus.

In the middle ages, rats happened to be one of the leading carriers of the plague. While modern-medicine and living conditions do prevent similar outbreaks from happening, rats and mice are still effective carriers of many potentially life-threatening diseases.

So, maintain a safe distance from these pests and let a trained rodent control technician deal with them.

Misconception #2: Clean Environment Is Never Prone to Rat Invasion

It is true that poor sanitation can aggravate a rat problem. If you have loosely-sealed food containers, unattended pet food/water bowls, piles of trash, debris, dry leaves, etc. on your property, it is pretty much like holding a ‘welcome’ sign for rats and mice looking for a warm shelter with food and water.

But, proper sanitation is a preventive measure at best. It does not guarantee complete protection against rats and mice.

If your house is not rodent-proof or in case your attic or basement has gaps or holes that can let rodents in, rats or mice WILL eventually invade if they are in the neighborhood.

Once inside a building, rats can chew on anything they have easy access to.

Misconception #3: Catching a Rat or Mouse Means you’ve fixed the Problem

Many DIY enthusiasts like to believe that catching a rat or mouse with a trap or killing one with rat poison is the beginning and end of the problem.

This is not true.

Controlling a rat or mice infestation is a lot more complicated than that. You never know how many more rats/mice there are in hard-to-reach areas such as attics, basements, HVAC vents, plumbing lines, etc.

This is why DIY rodent control methods do not work. Also, keep in mind that using rat poison without expert supervision can prove dangerous for kids, pets, and wildlife.

Misconception #4: A Cat Will Effectively Control the Rodent Population  

It’s a common belief among homeowners that a cat can keep rats and mice away. Some even believe that cats will have rats and mice for a meal as many times as they get a chance.

The reality is that cats cannot do much to control the population of rats and mice.

First, rats and mice breed at a rapid pace.

Second, rats and mice can easily escape to hidden areas of a building that a cat just cannot enter.

Third, you cannot expect domesticated cats to have superb hunting instincts. When cats are well-fed, they grow more tolerant of rats and mice. So, your cat may at best show some interest in the smell or rodent movement but make no serious effort to catch it.

In fact, rats and mice can have a great time feasting on pet food if you leave it unattended inside or outside your home.

Misconception #5: Rats and Mice Are Primarily Nocturnal

Rats and mice generally move about when the perceived threat of danger is low. This is why you may hear squeaking noises during the night.

But, rats and mice can also move around during the day. Rats and mice do not move in groups.

In case rats or mice have infested a basement that isn’t frequented by humans or pets, they are likely to carry on their activities during the day. They sleep only for a short duration of time and start searching for required supplies as soon as they are awake.

Rats and mice generally stay in one place and move around only in search of food, water, or shelter – three things they love about your house.

Final Words

Wrong or partially inaccurate information on rats and mice can prompt you to make the wrong decision. Remember, rats and mice can breed pretty quickly and grow in number. So, it is really important to tackle a rodent problem early on.

You can avail of our lifetime rodent control solution for complete peace of mind. In case you are buying a new property, do consider scheduling a pre-purchase rodent inspection.

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA


    June 25, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    June 25, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    June 25, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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