Dura Tech Pest Control

Residential Integrated Pest Management Services

North Shore Boston Pest Control
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Rodents Around Massachusetts

Over 35 Years' Rodent Experience

Controlling Health and Damage Hazards

Conservative estimates place the annual number of bites people receive from rats and mice at about 14,000 - 20,000 each year. In most cases, rodents bite sleeping babies, inquisitive children, or the bed-confined elderly.

Rodents have ben responsible for the spread of many diseases to people and domestic animals due to their habits of traveling an ddwelling sewers, garage, etc. These health concerns not only come directly from the rodents themselves, but from fleas, ticks and lice that may be traveling on them.

In addition to rodents attacking and spoiling food (experts estimate that rats and mice spoil enough food to feed 200 million people each year), they damage floors, ceilings and walls as a result of their gnawing and burrowing. They also regularly gnaw on utility pipes and wiring, which can cause flooding, power outages and even fires.

When you call me for rodent control you deal only with me and you can take advantage of my more than 35 years of rodent control experience in and around the Boston area. You can rest assured that I've seen about every type of rodent there is around the greater Boston area, and they have seen me. I know where they live, how they behave (or mis-behave) and what they eat. When you call me you get first-hand personal, professional service and advice every step of the way from a real pro. There is no supervisor to deal with - the buck stops right here!

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Getting to Know the Enemy

Rodent Biology and Reproduction

Rodents have the potential to reproduce rapidly when living conditions are good - when there is plently of food, water and shelter. When living conditions are stressful, overall reproduction and population growth can be slowed considerably.

  • A single mouse is capable of producing a litter every 24-28 days, although eight litters in a lifetime with about four to seven mice per litter is about average.

  • A single female Norway rat has an average of four to seven litters a year, averaging 8 to 12 rats per litter.

Rodent Feeding Habits

When mice feed, they're basically nibblers. Mice may make 20 - 30 visits to food sites within their territory each night, nibbling on tiny amounts of food here and there. They often develop favorite feeding spots they continuously re-visit. Usually, these spots are in a darkened corner or narrow, tight spaces.

Piles of droppings and a stroung mousy odor often identify the location of their favorite feeding spots. An adult mouse consumes about 1/10th of one ounce of food each day.

Adult rats consume about 1 ounce of food daily. Food items in househould garbage provide rats with a balanced diet. Rats living outside either feed outside or enter buildings each night for food before returning to their outside burrows.

Unlike mice, rats can't survive long without water - 1/2 to 1 ounce daily, unless their food is moist. In and around buildings, rats get their water from sinks and toilets, rain puddles, or by licking condensation off of utility pipes or dew off of plants.

Physical Abilities of Rodents

  • Rats can swim up to a half-mile in open water, travel through sewer lines against the current, and tread water for as long as 3 days.

  • Roof rats and house mice are excellent climbers. If they can't climb, they jump. Rats can jump up to 3 feet vertically.

  • If rodents can't get around an object, they'll chew through it.

  • Rodents have been known to gnaw through lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminum siding, glass and poorly-cured concrete.

  • Rats and mice have poor vision beyond 3 or 4 feet, but they can sense motion up to 50 feet away.

  • At night, when rodents are most active, they rely on their sense of smell, touch and hearing to compensate for their poor eyesight.

  • Rodents have a highly developed sense of taste and can detect some chemicals in minute concentrations.

  • Rodents mark objects and pathways with urine or glandular secretions to recognize paths to food and to detect members of other colonies and strangers.

  • Because of their highly developed sense of touch, rodents prefer a stationary object on at least one side of them when traveling, which is why they commonly move along walls.

Rodents and Diseases

It's Not Just the Rodent Bearing Diseases

Mice carry some diseases, including hantavirus. Additionally the mites, fleas, ticks and lice they transport may be harboring disease.

Brown rats (Norway rats) carry some diseases, including Weil's disease, cryptosporidiosis, Viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), Q fever and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Additionally, fleas and ticks on rats can also cause disease.

Did You Know this About Rodents?

  • The common house mouse is considered the primary carrier of Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM).

  • Fleas on Norway rats and roof rats can carry Murine Typhus.

  • The deer mouse is the primary rodent associated with hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). White-footed mice are also responsible for some strains of hantavirus.

  • Lyme disease can be contracted from the bites from the ticks mice and rats may bring with them.

  • Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children.

  • Rickettsial pox (similar to chicken pox) is transmitted by mites from infected mice.

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Quarterly Residential Service

Peace of Mind All Year Round

Rodents and other pests can cause health concerns for your family and damage concerns for your home year round.

Protect yourself, your family and your home with a comprehensive, single-family home, quarterly pest control service plan from Dura Tech.

Control of rats and mice, along with loads of other household pests are included in this important, year-round pest control program.

Get Peace of Mind Year Round

If you're in my service area, you owe it to yourself to get pest protection for your family and your home from pests like rodents and the diseases they carry all year long with a comprehensive, single-family home, quarterly pest control service plan from Dura Tech.

  • Each program starts with a complete inspection and price quote. There is a $40 trip charge for this inspection, which you get back if you join the program.

  • Your pest management program is customized to meet your needs.

  • Rats and mice are included in this program.

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