Rodent extermination should be done at the first sign of rodents in your residence.
Although there are several times during the year that rodents can pose a problem in your Des Moines, Iowa home, the most common time is when the temperatures start dropping and they are looking for a dry and warm shelter. Rodents generally do not breed during the winter, but they will stick around in the spring and do so. This is just one reason of many why professional rodent extermination is so important.
At Downs Pest Control & Property Maintenance, we are sometimes called upon in late winter and early spring to resolve problems that mice and rats have caused, and we want you to know that the best way to avoid needing to call us then is to call us for rodent extermination when you first suspect you have rodents present in your home.
Rodents can wreak havoc on your home’s electrical system, the insulation, personal belongings, and more, resulting in more expense on your part than what our affordable rodent extermination services involve. You’ll also be protecting your family from the potential health hazards related to rodents inhabiting your home.
You can contact us for rodent extermination as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with other pest control needs, as there are several pests that can be actively seeking shelter at the same time of year. We also offer property maintenance services, so feel free to contact us to get a few things off your to-do list any season of the year. We look forward to assisting you with preventive care and indoor pest control for your home.
FAQs About Rodent Extermination
We hope to be your go-to solution when you need rodent extermination, other pest control services, or property maintenance of any kind. In our experience, most people have lots of questions about rodent extermination, so we thought it would be prudent to answer some of them below. If you have any other questions, we encourage you to reach out to us, so we can assist you however we can.
How do I tell when I need rodent extermination?
Rodents can cause expensive property damage and spread harmful diseases to humans and pets, so it is important to watch for signs of a rodent infestation. Some things to look out for include small droppings near food sources, pungent odors, gnaw marks, and shredded materials like paper or fabric. You may also hear noises in your walls like squeaking or scratching. If you have pets, they may start acting strange since they will likely notice the presence of rodents before you do. Once you notice these signs, then you know it’s time to call us for rodent extermination.
Do I have rats or mice?
While neither mice nor rats are desirable tenants, you may be wondering which you are dealing with in your home. You can tell by looking at them that rats are larger. They have relatively small ears and thick, hairless tails. In contrast, mice are small with larger ears in comparison to their bodies. However, if you can’t catch a glimpse of the rodents, you may be able to tell from their droppings which ones are infesting your home. Small droppings that are 1/4 inch with pointed ends belong to mice. Large, 3/4-inch droppings with blunt ends belong to rats.
At Downs Pest Control & Property Maintenance, we offer rodent extermination services to those in Des Moines, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Ankeny, Colfax, Martensdale, Norwalk, Prole, Minburn, Lacona, Bouton, Peru, Winterset, Bevington, Huxley, Bondurant, Dallas Center, Elkhart, Indianola, Polk City, Cambridge, Prairie City, Van Meter, Berwick, Redfield, Liberty Center, Madrid, Earlham, Sheldahl, Carlisle, Cumming, New Virginia, Altoona, Windsor Heights, Granger, Johnston, Mingo, Ackworth, Alleman, Maxwell, Truro, Milo, Saint Charles, Waukee, Grimes, Ira, Pleasantville, Adel, Booneville, Patterson, Woodward, Swan, Runnells, Saint Marys, Hartford, De Soto, Slater, Kelley, and Mitchellville, Iowa.