Risks That Rodents Pose to Your Home in Puerto Rico

A rat in San Juan PR - Rentokil, formerly Oliver ExterminatingRodents are one of the most feared nuisance pest problems in San Juan PR. Not only are they nasty and unsettling to have on your property, they can also cause damage to your home and carry diseases and filth with them wherever they go.

There are many options out there for DIY vermin control, but none of these come with the guarantee of effectiveness that professional rodent removal experts can bring to the table. If you’re worried that you’ve heard vermin in your walls or found rodent droppings, you could be at risk of more serious problems. Read on to learn from the technicians at Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating.

What Kinds of Rodents Live in San Juan PR?

The main types of rodents that cause us problems here in San Juan are rodents and mice. These are the species that we typically see:

Rats can be distinguished from mice most easily by their size. Mice also have longer tails in comparison to their bodies. Whichever you’re dealing with, you are liable for property damage, disease, and rapid reproduction and acceleration of your pest pressures.

How Do Rodents Affect Humans?

Having rodents in your home comes with several risks:

  1. Droppings and urine: These can stain and blemish the floors and carpets in your home, and worse, pass on diseases like Hantavirus when you try to clean them up.
  2. Bites and scratches: Trying to catch a mouse or rat on your own can result in bites and scratches. You have to be careful, because some rodents carry diseases like rabies.
  3. Property damage: Rodents love to chew through furniture, structural appliances, wiring, insulation, and more in order to build their nests.
  4. Fire hazards: When rodents chew through your electrical wiring, it can cause a fire hazard. Make sure to attend to any torn wires right away.

Vermin Control in San Juan PR

As you can see, trying to deal with rodents on your own is quite dangerous, and it can also be very difficult to try to get rid of them yourself. Your best option is to work with your local pest control company to get rid of rodents on your property. At Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating, we use humane rodent removal techniques whenever possible, but in any case, we promise to deliver the most effective vermin removal service in San Juan. We will also teach you ways to prevent rodent infestations from ever happening on your property again. For a free quote, contact us today!

Do I Have Fungus Gnats?

Cockroaches in the kitchen in San Juan PR - Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating

Gnats in your home can be a giant inconvenience and annoyance. It seems like they get there all at once, and even when you think you’ve found the source of the problem, it can be difficult to get rid of gnats quickly. Fortunately, our technicians at Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating, are ready to help you out.

If you’re in the middle of a gnat infestation that just won’t quit, give us a call. We’ve seen it all, and we have developed the experience necessary to quickly identify the source of your infestation, get rid of all of the gnats in your house, and teach you how to prevent them from coming back!

Do I Have Gnats?

Fungus gnats are the most common kind of gnats that we deal with here in San Juan PR. It can be hard for the untrained eye to tell them apart from other flies, but here are some features that you can identify them by:

  • Adult fungus gnats have slender bodies that reach about 1/8” in length.
  • Their bodies are black on top with tannish-grey underbellies and legs.
  • Their larvae are tiny and white with little black heads. Fungus gnats often lay their eggs in potted plants and other moist areas.

Because fungus gnats look for moist areas to stake their breeding grounds, it is important to know how to eliminate excess moisture in your home and keep watch for gnats.

Getting rid of fungus gnats in plants in San Juan PR - Rentokil, formerly Oliver ExterminatingDIY Gnat Control

If you can’t figure out how to get rid of the gnats in your home, read on for our top tips. One if not all of these strategies should help you to reduce or entirely wipe out your population of fungus gnats:

  1. Locate the breeding site and apply an EPA-approved insecticide
  2. Use fly baits to attract the gnats. Sugar-coated baits lure in all sorts of small flies with promises of a food source.
  3. Try a light trap to draw the gnats to a location outside of your home.
  4. Cover the soil that your houseplants are potted in with a layer of sand or gravel.

Professional Help with Gnats in San Juan PR

If none of these strategies work to get rid of gnats in your home, you might be dealing with a severe gnat infestation. In this case, contact your local pest control company. At Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating, we train our gnat and fly experts to use safe and effective strategies to wipe out gnat infestations with great efficiency. Don’t wait to get rid of gnats in your home—contact us today for a free quote!