Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents are a type of mammal that is problematic for home and business owners alike. All rodents have front incisors that continuously grow throughout their lifetime. Rodents live all around us, and though they are wild animals have come to rely on people for some of their basic needs – especially those living in urban and suburban environments.a mouse chewing on a leaf outside of a home

Listed below are some of the more common species of rodents:

House mice
House mice are a small rodent species. From nose to tail, adults grow to about 7-1/2 inches long. Their fur is light brown with lighter fur on their underbelly. They have pointed snouts, large ears, and small, dark eyes that stand up off of their heads.

Norway rats
Norway rats have brown bodies with a scattering of black hair, and their underbelly is a lighter color. Their bodies are dense and from nose to tail grow to about 17 inches long. They have blunt muzzles and small ears and eyes. They are poor climbers and enter buildings at the ground level.

Roof rats
Roof rats are dark brown to black and have long slim bodies. From nose to tail, they grow to 16 inches long. They have pointed snouts, large ears, and large, dark eyes, and their scaly tails are void of hair. They are superb climbers and enter into buildings through the upper levels.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents create health risks, damage property, contaminate food, and introduce parasites – making them dangerous pests. Rodents need to chew constantly in order to keep their front incisors from overgrowing. They gnaw on and damage things like electrical wires, plumbing pipes, insulation, drywall, flooring, furniture, and other personal belongings. A rodent’s chewing habits may trigger fires and cause water damage.

Additionally, as they travel from their nests to a food source, rodents leave a trail of urine and feces. They are capable of spreading diseases that make people seriously ill. Hantavirus, leptospirosis, and salmonella are all common health concerns associated with rodents.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are scavengers and are always on the look-out for new sources of food and shelter. Unfortunately, we unwittingly offer them easy access to their basic needs. Things in our yards like bird feeders, pet food, gardens, trash cans, and compost attract foraging rodents. Then as they explore our yards, they find their way into our homes through any small opening they come across. Rodents are prolific breeders, and just a couple of rodents finding their way onto your property can potentially lead to a large infestation.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents live mainly outdoors, and their exact nesting location varies by species. House mice nest in tall grass, dense vegetation, under fallen trees, and woodpiles. Inside nesting spots include dark, secluded areas like behind wall voids, attics, in basement clutter, and behind large appliances. Roof rats nest up off of the ground in trees. They also nest in areas of dense shrubbery and woodpiles. Inside they nest in attics, rafters, and the upper levels of buildings. Norway rats nest inside basements and crawl spaces. Outside, they live in fields, farmlands, and along riverbanks, in trash piles, and under woodpiles.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Eliminating rodents is a difficult task and a job that is best left up to trained and experienced professionals. For home and business owners looking to eliminate rodents, Hawx Pest Control offers comprehensive pest control services. Our industry-leading services use the latest techniques and best products to provide our customers with peace of mind and pest-free properties. To learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control services, please reach out to Hawx Pest Control today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

In addition to our professional rodent control services, the following prevention tips will help you to reduce rodent numbers in your home or business:

  • Harvest fruits and vegetables from gardens and clean up any that have fallen to the ground.

  • Keep tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.

  • Place woodpiles a distance away from the outside of your property.

  • Seal off spaces around utilities in or around your home.

  • Remove bird feeders from your yard.

  • Pick up uneaten pet food each evening.

  • Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your property.

  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors – especially basements doors.

  • Check your foundation, roof, and exterior walls, sealing up any entry points you find.

  • Keep bushes, shrubs, and ornamental plants trimmed back away from the exterior of your property.

 

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