Commercial Rodent Control Methods

 

Whether you own a home, a business, or both, the last thing you want is to share your space with rodents. They carry disease, destroy property, and multiply quickly. Taking care of a rodent problem as soon as you see signs of an infestation is necessary to keep your property rodent free. However, there are some fundamental differences in rodent control methods when it comes to residential and commercial properties. Read on to learn more about these variations.

Commercial Property Owners Don’t Have to Shut Their Doors

Closing down your business even just temporarily could cost you a lot of money. At Buzz Tech, we understand this. That’s why we respond quickly to any commercial rodent infestation. While it may be easy for a family to stay with friends or get a hotel room while the rodent problem is tackled, the same is not true for commercial businesses. It’s possible for some companies to have employees work remotely while we take care of a rodent problem, but this isn’t always the case. When you call in Buzz Tech, we intervene quickly with minimal disruption to your work day. All in all, it costs a business more to shut down due to a rodent infestation than it costs to get rid of the rodents or prevent an infestation in the first place.

Residential Rodent Control Has Fewer Variables

Generally speaking, most homes in Phoenix are the same. We have slump block homes built decades ago and newer homes, but they are all quite similar. This means that when Buzz Tech walks into a home, they can typically expect the rodent issue to be similar to others in residential areas and use the same techniques to rid the property of the infestation. Homes are typically smaller than commercial properties, making it much easier for the infestation to be contained and removed. Also, homes tend to get more infestations that involve bed bugs, ants, termites, and other pests, while commercial properties are more likely to experience a cockroach or rodent infestation, mainly due to the building’s environment, whether that be food service or simply being in proximity to an abandoned building where pest infestations thrive, especially rodents.

To rid the homeowner’s property of rodents, we use humane trapping that in no way poses any danger to you, your family, or your pets. We will also seal and caulk all areas where the rodents can gain access to your property, like windows, doors, and other openings.

Commercial Rodent Control Has Many Variables

Unlike residential properties, commercial properties vary greatly. They encompass food service, healthcare, retail, office buildings, hotels, and many more sectors, each needing a custom treatment plan to account for their particular industry and business size. The plan should include the short-term goal of getting rid of the rodents, as well as a long term goal that keeps them away. Buzz Tech has extensive experience servicing commercial buildings in Phoenix. We know when a business is more susceptible to a rodent infestation due to its location or industry and can provide the right measures to stop and prevent rodent infestations.

No two commercial properties are the same, and each rodent infestation is different. We may use an abundance of humane traps to get the infestation under control. However, depending on the size of the infestation, trapping may not be enough. We will also use rodent exclusion to keep your commercial property free of rats, including installing barriers to prevent rodents, such as rats and mice, from gaining access to your business.

Prevention is the Best Measure

Don’t wait until you see a rat or its droppings to take Phoenix rodent infestations seriously. If you see one rat, chances are there are many more you can’t see. At Buzz Tech, we work with both residential and commercial clients to prevent rodent infestations from occurring in the first place. We will come out to your property and do a thorough inspection of both the inside and the outside of your property. Since we have extensive experience in pest control, we will easily be able to see what could attract rodents to your property (water, food, plants and bushes to hide among) and how they can get inside. From here, we create a preventative plan with you to make modifications to your property that will prevent a rodent infestation.

To learn more about rodent control methods, whether commercial or residential, call Buzz Tech today. One of our friendly team members will answer your questions and concerns and come out to your property to help you prevent or get rid of a rodent infestation. We are available 24/7 so call us anytime!

Ways You’re Attracting Rodents to Your Property in Phoenix & How to Put a Stop to It

 

Temperatures drop during the Phoenix nights in winter, making this the opportune time for rodents, like mice and rats, to take up residence in and around your property.

Rodents and Colder Temps

When the weather is warm, rodents spend most of their time outside. The field mouse, for example, is well suited for outdoor living, while the average house mouse prefers the indoors no matter the season. House mice and field mice can survive outdoors during the warmer nights, but when the temperatures begin to drop, they look for a warm, cozy place to live — like your house or business. They also be look for food and water, two essentials that aren’t as available in winter. Their survival instincts will lead them to any home or business where they can find food, water, and shelter.

What Attracts Rodents?

Rodents aren’t fussy. They’ll move into any shelter that provides their needs. That means it is up to you to make sure your Phoenix home or business isn’t a rodent magnet.

The three essentials rodents seek are shelter, food, and water. Rodents will seek these things outside your property first. They’ll explore trash bins, drainage areas, and clumps of debris. All of these attract rodents year round. If these aren’t present, then they may try to move inside, but first they need to find a way in. Rodents are sneaky. They’ll choose a property with plenty of sheltered areas, like tall grass and bushes where they can hide while inspecting your property and looking for a way inside.

If you have a pond on your property, this is an excellent source of water for mice and rats. However, there are less obvious ways to unknowingly water rodents, such as water bowls left outside for pets, a leaky water hose, a bird bath, clogged gutters, and more. When you have an enticing property for rodents, you can be certain they will eventually find their way inside.

Once inside, there are many places for rodents to hide. They’ll look for out of the way places like the attic, basement, or storage areas. Leaving food out overnight, dirty dishes left in the sink, and crumbs that have fallen from the kitchen table will all attract rodents to come out of their hiding place to dine — while you’re asleep.

The Dangers of Having Rodents in Your Phoenix Home or Business

Rodents are explorers. They don’t stay huddled up in one place. They’re on the move looking for shelter, food, and water. Unfortunately for you, rodents are dangerous. They carry diseases that easily spread through feces, urine, bites, and saliva.  While they explore your home or business looking for food and water, they contaminate surfaces, which leaves you and your family or employees susceptible to rat bite fever and salmonella. Even just being exposed to their urine, feces, or saliva can have deadly consequences, like hantavirus. To make matters worse, rodents also carry parasites, like fleas and ticks, as well as tapeworms and roundworms.

Rodents put your health at risk, but they also put your property’s structure at risk too. They are destructive creatures that will chew through almost anything. In fact, they have to chew to keep their incisors, which never stop growing, at a manageable length. They’ll chew through boxes of food, sheetrock walls, insulation, wiring, pipes, ductwork, and more.

Protect Your Phoenix Property From Rodents

It’s not impossible to keep rodents from camping out in your yard or moving into your home or business. Simply eliminate what attracts them, such as:

  • Keep grass trimmed short
  • Keep wood piles away from your structure
  • Keep yard debris cleaned up
  • Keep tightly fitted lids on all garbage cans
  • Remove bird baths
  • Remove bird feeders
  • Regularly clean gutters
  • Never leave food outside
  • Eliminate outdoor hiding spots
  • Repair holes in siding
  • Seal cracks in foundation
  • Seal gaps around doors and windows
  • Look for areas where rodents can enter the home and fix them
  • Keep indoor food properly stored
  • Clean up after every meal
  • Clean floors regularly
  • Clean under appliances
  • Clean out clutter

Eliminating a Rodent Infestation in Phoenix

If you find yourself with a rodent infestation, you may try to take care of the problem yourself. You could set out traps and find you catch one or two. However, you’ll need more than a few traps to get rid of mice or rats. Both breed rapidly and the population can get out of hand quickly. They’re smart too and will eventually catch on to what the traps or bait are for and avoid them.

To completely eliminate a rodent infestation, you will need experienced professionals to do the job. At Buzz Tech Rodent Removal, we have the skills, training, and methods needed to get rid of your rodent infestation for good. We will safely eliminate the problem, as well as educate you on how to keep you home or business pest free.

 

DIY Mice Control: Does It Really Work and Is It Worth the Risk?

Mouse Trap Set Up in House

 

Maybe you’ve heard scurrying in the walls or noticed small holes in bags of bread. Perhaps you’ve actually spotted a furry rodent. Having mice in your home is no picnic, so what should you do to eradicate the problem?

If you’re like many people, your first impulse may be to try handling the problem on your own. However, there are various reasons why this is not a good choice. Keep reading to learn more about the risks with DIY mice control and why you should consider going with a professional mouse control service.

Why DIY Mice Control Doesn’t Work

It can be tempting to try getting rid of your mouse infestation all on your own, but the truth is that this is one of the most challenging DIY projects you could ever take on. It’s one where few who attempt it are successful, and many more end up with other problems (like damage to their home) in addition to still having mice. So while you may have started out trying to get rid of the pests on your own in an attempt to save time and money, you end up losing more of both long-term.

Here’s what you need to know about DIY methods and the risks you are taking by not enlisting the help of a pro:

  • Rodent control products you purchase at your neighborhood supermarket or hardware store are just not very effective and break easily.
  • Any trap or tool you touch with your bare hands is not going to be very effective. Why? Mice can smell you on them, and they will avoid them.
  • Cheese actually isn’t very effective when it comes to catching mice. They prefer other things. Furthermore, they may simply get the food out of the trap and stash it away in your walls to rot.
  • A cat is not going to be of much help. While some types of cats are great at catching mice, the average pet cat is not known for this. Many (if not most) are far more interested in playing with rodents than catching and killing them outright, and even if they do, they won’t dispose of the mouse properly.
  • You may catch some mice on your own, but the infestation is not going to be fully eradicated if you don’t properly seal up every last rodent entry way into your home. The truth is that most homeowners just don’t know all the places to look or how to seal them up.

What Happens if You Let Mice Live in Your Home

Okay, so getting rid of mice on your own didn’t work. Now what? Is it really so bad to just let things be?

Yes, yes it is.

The ugly truth is that letting a mouse infestation go on in your home for too long leads to a whole plethora of problems you just don’t want to have. In addition to structural damage and holes in furniture, mice are infamous for posing some serious health risks by carrying bacteria and diseases harmful to humans. Especially in Arizona, deer mice are known for spreading illnesses among humans. Even if you or your family members do not have direct contact with the rodents, you may unwittingly be exposed to the diseases they carry by touching something they have urinated or spit on. Their feces can also be hard to spot (at least immediately), and this too can be rife with bacteria.

Why Professional Mice Control Works

Let’s face it– when you want something done right, it’s always best to leave it in the hands of professionals. Professionals specially trained to deal with rodent infestations in a variety of ways that won’t damage your home. Additionally, the pros also have access to equipment and tools that are not readily available to the public because they require training and knowledge to use properly.

Basically, when those simple mouse traps you bought at a local supermarket just aren’t working, it’s definitely time to call in the pros with their state-of-the-art traps and years of experience. Here’s what you can expect with professional mouse control services and why it works:

  • Before any traps or chemicals are used, your home will be thoroughly inspected in order to determine the severity of the infestation and the best course of action to take
  • In order to make sure you’re on the same page, your specific infestation professional will discuss all available options first with you before proceeding
  • Any traps used are high-quality and tamper-resistant to prevent escape or disabling
  • All potential entry points into your home for rodents will be sealed up securely (to prevent future furry visitors), as well as any “travel points” inside your home
  • If the situation calls for it, different pest control methods will be employed in different areas of your home and / or inside and outside
  • All captured / deceased mice will be removed from your home and surrounding property so you do not have to deal with any cleanup yourself
  • Steps will be taken to prevent future infestations
  • You will be kept updated throughout the process!

If you have questions about mice control and how the issue can be quickly eradicated, reach out to the experts at Buzz Tech. We have years of experience handling rodent infestations in Arizona homes with efficiency and effectiveness. So whether you’ve already tried to handle mice on your own or are looking to just save yourself the trouble right from the start, we’re here to take the infestation off your hands and make your home yours again!

 

Identifying, Eliminating, and Preventing Rodent Infestations

Rodent on Black Background

 

Rodents are a nuisance. Rats, mice and all the revulsion that comes along with them are a serious issue when you have an infestation. They leave behind droppings, carry disease, and damage property. They come around homes and other property looking for food and a safe place to birth their young, making your problem grow worse. The last thing you want when you turn off the light to go to sleep at night is hearing them scurrying around looking for food and water.

If you live in Phoenix, keeping rodents at bay is a must. Roof rats are a common problem in Phoenix and wreak havoc on property. At Buzz Tech, we can help you get rid of your rodent problem and prevent it from happening again. Read on to learn more about rodent infestation in Phoenix and how Buzz Tech solves the problem.

Identifying Rodents

The first step to eliminating rodents is identifying them. You may start by looking for droppings, but in some cases you’ll only find these if the infestation is severe. You can still have an infestation without ever seeing any droppings. However, the places where you are most likely to find rodent droppings are around food packages, under the sink, and in or around drawers and cupboards. Another sign that rats or mice are making your home their home is the presence of nesting materials such as fabric, dried plants, and shredded paper. Also, look for signs of chewing on food packaging, as well as through walls and floors. This is where the rodents have made entry points to get inside your home. A stale smell coming from secluded areas can be another sign of a rodent infestation.

Eliminating Rodents

When you see a mouse or rat scurry across the floor, you first thought might be to lay out some mouse traps. This method is somewhat effective but won’t solve the infestation. The only way to do this is through rodent exclusion. This is a method used to diminish the conditions that are attracting the rodents in the first place. Without these measures in place, an infestation will not go away. Even if you don’t have a severe infestation at the moment, without rodent exclusion methods, the infestation will only get worse. You’ll never get rid of them.

At Buzz Tech, we practice rodent exclusion methods for our clients in order to help eliminate a rodent infestation and keep the property rodent-free. If fact, we don’t recommend you wait for an infestation to first occur before including these methods in your rodent prevention routine. Here are some of the methods we use to keep rodents off your property. These are also things you can do yourself on a regular basis to keep your property rodent-free.

  • We seal all holes both inside and outside your property to keep the rodents out for good.
  • We identify and remove sources of food and water.
  • We identify and remove any items around your property that can be used for shelter and nesting.
  • We inspect your garage and recommend tight-fitting containers.
  • We inspect areas where there could be unknown sources of food and clean these up.
  • When controlling an infestation, we recommend you do not feed birds. The left over food will only go to feed the rodents.

Treating an Infestation with Buzz Tech

Each rodent infestation is different. While there may be commonalities with many rodent infestations, at Buzz Tech we treat each case as unique. This means that the methods we use for extracting rodents from one property may be different for another. The methods depend upon the type of rodent, the type of property, and the size of the infestation. Once we do an assessment of your property and determine the type and scope of the infestation we will either use manual removal or anti-rodent chemical products to get rid of the infestation. The time it takes for the infestation to be done and over with depends upon the size and scope of the problem. Also, a follow up visit is highly recommended to make sure the infestation is completely gone.

If you think you have a rodent problem at your property, contact Buzz Tech today. One of our friendly, and highly trained technicians will come out to your property to help. Don’t wait until it gets any worse, call us today. No one wants to live with rats and mice. It’s unhealthy and unsanitary. Take care of your rodent problem right now with Buzz Tech.

Keep Rodents Out! Tips & Techniques for Rodent Exclusion

Rodent Entering House Through Entry Point in Wall

 

Rodents are a problem in Phoenix. This large city has many places for rodents, like mice and rats, to hide, breed, and hunt. This takes them to places you’d rather they not be, such as your home or business, in search of food. For this reason, it’s important to have an exterminator, like Buzz Tech, perform routine rodent exclusion services at your property. Buzz Tech is a family owned and operated business with a quick response time and guaranteed customer satisfaction. Read on to learn more about our rodent exclusion techniques for your property and how to keep it rodent-free.

How Buzz Tech Keeps Rodents Out of Your Property

To start, our technicians inspect every area of your property, inside and out. We know what to look for, such as:

  • Any signs of entry
  • Any signs of habitation like damage from chewing, urine, and droppings

If it is determined you have a rodent infestation on your property, our technicians use proven extermination techniques to eliminate the problem. These methods include rodent devices or bait stations placed in key areas. One rodent device used is a trap, but there are different kinds of traps a trained technician can use. For example, there is the snap trap, a spring-loaded bar that kills the rodent on contact. There’s also the electronic trap that delivers an electronic shock and quickly kills the rodent. There’s also the live-animal trap for catch and release. The multiple-catch live mouse trap allows technicians to catch and release multiple rodents.

Another technique to get rid of rodents includes baiting. This is using a rodenticide (poison) to kill the rodents. Keep in mind that this poison is also lethal to other mammals, like cats, dogs, and small children. Another disadvantage to bait stations is the possibility of a rodent dying in a place where they can not be retrieved.

From here, our technicians will seal up entry points using different methods. These include:

  • Replacing weather-stripping around doors
  • Sealing gaps around utility pipe or electrical wire entrances
  • Sealing cracks in the foundation
  • Covering vents, attic louvers, and air vents

Next, Buzz Tech technicians will educate you on what you can do to diminish the chance of rodents returning. For starters, keep the property sanitized and be sure to properly dispose of food and sources of shelter for rodents. Common sources of food and water include unsealed containers, open bags of chips, fruit left outside of the refrigerator, and open trash containers. Some common rodent access points include holes around appliances, window, and doors, missing screens, and holes near cabinets and closets. Also, be sure to have Buzz Tech conduct routine inspections of the property. Having a rodent infestation is unhealthy for your family and employees. For a healthy working and living environment, you need to eliminate the problem for good. Rodents carry diseases and put you, your family, your employees, and your customers at risk.

Other tips include:

  • Keeping outdoor grill areas clean
  • Keeping firewood off the ground
  • Keeping compost piles far from structures
  • Avoid planting ivy as it provides shelter as a well as a food source for rodents because snails and slugs love to live among Ivy
  • Don’t have a bird feeder as this provides a source of food
  • Frequently clean your garbage and recycling bins
  • Keep stovetops and countertops clean
  • Keep your property free of clutter
  • Keep your attic or crawl space clean and moisture-free
  • Seal entry points around cabinets, interior walls, attic, and crawl spaces with steel wool, caulk, or 1/4″ x 1/4″ metal mesh.
  • Repair broken pipes

Why You Need Rodent Exclusion in Phoenix

Once you have determined whether you have a rodent infestation, half your job is completed. Now, gear up for battle because if you really want to get rid of rodents for good, you need a professional rodent technician to perform exclusion techniques immediately and then follow up with routine services. At Buzz Tech, we work with clients all over Phoenix, and we want to work with you, too. If you think you may have a rodent problem or want to prevent one from occurring, call Buzz Tech today at 602-619-9975.

With over 20 years of combined Rodent Control experience there isn’t a situation we haven’t seen. Over the years we’ve completed well over 3,000 rodent extermination services. Our technicians have serviced infestations in giant commercial warehouses and at residential homes. No matter where or what the job entails we treat every job with the utmost care and undivided attention. Contact us today to get rid of your rodent problem.

Health Risks Posed by Rodents: Why You Should Get Professional Help

Rat Inside House on Floor

 

While television and fairy tales often glamorize furry critters like rats and mice, in the real world, most people would certainly not want to befriend a rodent or invite one to live in their home. Maybe you recall the little mouse in the movie Stuart Little; he was both adorable and charming. Or perhaps the mice in Disney’s Cinderella or the rat in the movie Ratatouille come to mind. Although these mice were portrayed as magical and with heroism, rodents are best kept at a distance and with good cause. Humans do not gain any benefits from having these disgusting pests around.

While we don’t knowingly come into contact with rodents on a daily basis, if you become aware or suspect a rodent infestation, it is imperative that the problem be treated as soon as possible. You must face a rodent problem head on as they can cause extensive damage both indoors and outside. Along with safety concerns, rodents are extremely annoying for you and your loved ones. They can do extensive damage, leaving repulsive odors and contaminants throughout their environment as they stir about your home. Delaying treatment increases the likelihood of you or a family member suffering an accident or developing a health problem related to an infestation.

Health Risk

Rodents can spread over 35 diseases, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Regardless if they are transmitted directly or indirectly, many of these diseases can pose serious health risk to humans. Let’s take a look at various diseases transmitted by rodents in the United States and how they are transmitted.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Fatal at times, this disease is shed in the rodent’s feces, urine, and saliva. It then becomes airborne and is spread by breathing in the contaminated air.

Leptospirosis

The disease is spread when humans ingest food or water that has been contaminated with the urine of an infected animal. The disease can be spread through human skin and mucous membranes, as well.

Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis

Spread by dust contaminated with rodent urine or droppings being inhaled, or coming in direct contact with the urine or droppings. Although rare, the disease can be spread through bite wounds.

Plague

While the plague is more common in parts of Africa and Asia, it does still occur in the Western United States. The disease is often spread through fleas from rats to humans or through a direct bite from an infected rodent. The disease can be fatal if left untreated.

Rat-Bite Fever

Spread when humans eat or drink food or water contaminated by rat feces. Rat-Bite Fever can also be transmitted by a bite or scratch from an infected rodent or through contact with a dead rodent.

Salmonellosis

Transmitted when food or water is contaminated by rat feces and then ingested.

Murine Typhus

Spread by humans coming into contact with infected fleas. Rats are the main animal host for infected fleas in the United States.

As explained, these rodents are capable of transmitting diseases, and medical attention should always be sought immediately if you suspect a disease or a rodent bites you. Additionally, you should consider reaching out to a professional for rodent extermination and removal services if you suspect an infestation. Knowing what to look for can help you respond and get the matter under control in a timely manner, decreasing any health risks to you and your family. Here are a few signs that may indicate you have a rodent problem in your home.

  1. Seeing droppings in cupboards, drawers, sinks, and other food areas.
  2. Evidence of shredded paper and fabric.
  3. Marks around the eaves of your home or you hear scratching noises.

When you reach out to a professional at Buzz Tech, you are guaranteed a fast response. We are a family-owned and operated company that prides itself on customer satisfaction. Our highly-trained technicians are Arizona’s most trusted rodent removal and control experts. With over 20 years of experience, you can rest assured we have seen every rodent situation there is. We offer services in the areas of rodent trapping, removal, sealing, rodent exclusion, clean up and sanitizing. We extend these rodent extermination services to both residential homes and commercial properties.

Our team of experts at Buzz Tech is not only ready to inform and educate you on the ever-growing rodent problem in Arizona, but we are ready to assess your home and provide you with a solution. We can help you develop a long-term strategy as well as identify risks and possible solutions to controlling these annoying creatures. We are committed to treating each customer like our only customer. Contact us today and get help today!