The Importance of Disinfection and Pest Control Service in Our Social Service Sectors

Hearing horror stories about infestations of rodents, insects, and all kinds of pests is not a foreign thing among our offices here at Eco Systems Pest Control. More often that not, we receive frantic calls from executive directors of facilities about a rodent sighting or two. Come to find out after the initial inspection, the buildings were entirely infested with rats inside the walls. Mouse droppings sometimes canvas the wall linings. Crumbs on counters and inside cupboards are left by these animals. Unfortunately, this is a complete scene some of today’s youth endure during their tenures in these kind of facilities.

Many times, these rodents try to seek harbor by entering into these buildings. From what starts as one or two rats or rodents, ends up becoming a mass colony of them. Other times, pests such as bed bugs are brought in by youth coming from underprivileged areas, or even case workers doing the same. The way that these pests can enter buildings and large facilities is insurmountable. A rodent can chip away at the hole the size of a pin drop to be able to get through for food, shelter, and warmth. We will almost never be able to control what kind of insulation you have in the building, but we can eliminate the current situation, and prevent it from coming back again.

Trapping and/or baiting methods are used to obtain quick control are done using procedures that are designed to be safe around children and pets. Customer education plays a large role in a successful program; structural and/or sanitation recommendations will be made as needed to ensure a full resolution of the problem. A comprehensive program will take all potential concerns and factors into consideration, with long term results being the goal.

Common “Rodent” Pests Include:

  • Mice – The most common house mouse observed in the US is an ancestor of the white mouse used for scientific experimentation. In its wild state, the house mouse is approximately 6.5 inches long, including the tail. When found indoors, it can be larger due the availability of better nutrition. These mice are usually yellowish-gray and sometimes streaked with black. Occasionally, the deer mouse, harvest mouse, and pocket mouse may invade buildings located near fields. They are commonly mistaken with house mice when this happens.
  • Norway Rat – Also known as the house rat, brown rat, wharf rat, gray rat, sewer rat, and water rat, the Norway rat was first introduced to the U.S. by European settlers and trading ships around the year 1775. Since then, the Norway rat has become the most prevalent rat in the United States. This rat is better adapted than other species to survive and produce young in cold climates.
  • Moles – Moles do not eat plant bulbs or plant roots as commonly perceived, but can be destructive in lawns, gardens, nurseries, parks, golf courses, and cemeteries. As moles burrow, mounds and ridges are produced and this can disfigure lawns, dislodge plants, and injure plant roots.

Our mouse and rodent programs aren’t just for the casual residential caller. They are also designed for commercial use, in buildings such as adoption clinics, youth centers, group homes, adult day cares, and more. These tend to be locations where pests and microbes sneak in due to the socio and geo-economic traffic coming through. We are confident we can control any rodent infestation that may have brewed over 2020. It’s especially wise to note that the winter months are coming and the rodents will undoubtedly be running for shelter. For a risk-free evaluation, please visit to contact us. To request a quote, please visit,


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