If you’re having an issue with mice and rats, then it is currently time to contact your Broken Arrow exterminator and ask for help with these rodents. Mice and rats are rodents that find a way into our homes and businesses and attempt to get into and feed on our food supplies. Our kitchens and pantries are always at risk when these rodents are in the nearby area. They want to set up shop in our attic spaces and our garages and then attack our homes and infest our food. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at mice and rats, their life cycle and what you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect your home, business and loved ones from these rodents.


Both mice and rats are very adept at finding a way into your home or business. These rodents have a very flexible skeleton. They can maneuver their bones in many different directions, and bend them quite prolifically. Because of this, they can find a way to just about any crack or crevice as long as they can fit their head through it. That means that for a mouse, if they can find a crack or gap the size of a dime, then they can get in and for a rat, if they can find a crack or gap the size of a quarter, then it also can find access into your home. 

In many cases, the garage is the most likely entry point for most of these rodents. Once they get in underneath the seal of the large garage door, they can make their way into just about anywhere in the house.


The garage will offer many different places to hide because of the clutter usually found there. In any garage that is in Oklahoma, there’s either a hot water heater or a furnace directly in the garage, or in a closet with direct access to the garage. Usually the heat from this hot water heater will attract rodents to it. Once they find their way here, they can climb up the exhaust tube into the attic space where they can set up camp. 

The attic is full of nice, soft insulation that they can stay warm in and create their nests in. This will give them the place to mate and bring a full family to fruition. So often we go in and inspect the attic space, and you can see that there are pathways dug out in the insulation all different directions around the attic. If you’re having a problem with rodents, it’s time to call your Broken Arrow exterminator for help.


Once these small mammals have figured out how to set up a nest in your home, it will be time for them to find a source of food and water. Water they can usually find from the condensation left over by air conditioning units or plumbing lines. But food is usually a little more difficult to get a hold of. And in an attempt to find this food, they usually go down into the wall spaces and start scratching at the bottom of these walls. 

They are going to chew through the drywall in an attempt to get into your home. These hollow walls are usually very adapted at amplifying the sound that you can hear inside the house. It will make their scratching sound like a much larger animal is either in your attic space or in your walls. But if they can find a way through this drywall, they will find a way to your home.


Once inside your house, they usually will find away quickly to your kitchen or pantry. Their sense of smell that these rodents have is quite adapt. They can sense food even if it is inside a plastic bag. They can find it and then chew through the bag and start eating on the food in there as well. Bags of birdseed that are in the garage or dog food are also great places for them to find a meal. 

Once they get into your house and start eating your food, they’ll be coming back-and-forth feeding themselves and their young. This is not a situation that you will want to put up with. Everywhere that mice go they will urinate and defecate. This leaves a trail for them to know where the safe routes are throughout your home. It also leads to a very unsanitary situation. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help in getting rid of mice and rats.


In addition to urinating and defecating all over your home, they will also carry many different diseases on them. These small mammals will often find meals in some very filthy places. They’ll eat dead plants and animal material and find themselves in sewers and drainage ditches often. They pick up bacteria and viruses everywhere that they go. If they’re touching your food, they in many cases are going to contaminate that food. If they run across a food surface such as your countertops or sinks, they could leave a trail of urine and bacteria everywhere that they go. Mice often spread E. coli and salmonella with them on their travels. It’s so important that you contact your Broken Arrow exterminator if you believe you have mice because they are spreaders of so many different deadly diseases.

If you’re having an issue with mice or rats, then it is time to contact a Broken Arrow exterminator that can help you. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business at dealing with small rodents or any other pests. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Tulsa, Sapulpa, Sand Springs, Prattville, Owasso, Turley, Jenks, Bixby, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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