How To Get Rid Of Rodents In Reno 

While enjoying one of the top 10 sunniest cities in the United States, living in Reno, Nevada, has a lot to do. From hitting the slopes at Mount Rose, eating ribs at the Rib Cook-Off, or catching a flight on a hot air balloon, it's probably safe to say you are not at home a lot. Imagine returning home from a fun day to a rodent scurrying across your Reno home floor. You're more likely going to scream and jump because they are far more problematic than, say, insects. Because rodents are technically mammals, they pose a more significant threat. In addition, they are thicker and more meaningful than any bug you may encounter. Lastly, they spread disease and can sink their teeth into you if they choose to bite. Having a deeper understanding of rodents allows you to be better prepared for if this terrible situation happens to you.

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Description of Rodents Commonly Found In Reno

Here in Reno, we deal with rats and mice. Fortunately, however, rats and mice will never invade your home at the same time. Below are some of the rodent species you may see if you're dealing with a pest problem in your Reno home.

House Mouse: The house mouse is the most common rodent in the Reno area. They have large ears and a pointed muzzle and are typically grayish. Commonly found indoors, they are also well adapted to living outdoors. Populations often move indoors when the weather becomes severe. They have poor eyesight and are colorblind but have a keen sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch. They use their sense of smell to find food and recognize other mice.

Norway Rat and Roof Rat: As the least common type of rat in Nevada, the Norway Rat is identified by the tail being shorter than the length of the entire body. Their colors vary from grey-brown on the back and gray-white on the belly. The Roof rat is identified by the tail being the head and body with large ears. From the tail to the nose, their length can vary from 11 to 18 inches.

Desert Woodrat: Also commonly known as the packrat. They have large eyes and hair-covered ears. They are yellowish-brown to grayish-brown in color on top and gray below. Their tail is bi-colored dark on top and white below, and their feet are white. Primarily nocturnal, when they are not feeding, they gather debris for their nesting sites in caves.

Deer Mouse: The deer mouse is a host of the hantavirus. The hantavirus is a viral illness transmitted from the saliva, feces, or urine of infected animals. Typically the infection is caused by inhalation of the virus and causes severe respiratory disease that can result in death in about 30% of its victims. Its distinct markings can identify the deer mouse with a bi-colored tail and the upper half tan and lower half white.

Handling rodents and their waste can be dangerous. These creatures have parasites in their fur and carry illness-causing bacteria.

Signs of infestation include:

  • Seeing capsule-like or pointy droppings less than an inch long.

  • Spotting the oil stains rodents leave as they rub against walls.

  • Catching rodents out during the day.

The Reason Rodents Invade Your Home

Rodents seek out warm nesting areas with proximity to water and food. As a result, your house, shed, garage or garbage bins can all look like perfect homes for a mouse.

Standard house mice tend to nest in out-of-the-way and warm areas such as near water heaters, refrigerators, and furnaces. They can squeeze into impossibly small spaces; a 1/4-inch hole, crack, or gap is enough to allow a mouse to pass through. Given the opportunity, a rodent will sneak through one of these openings into the warmth of your home, especially during cold winter months. 

What do rodents eat? Rodents prefer to eat nuts, cereal, and grains, but they will eat whatever food they can find, including produce, chocolate, pet food, birdseed, and cheese. Their sharp teeth allow them to gnaw through paper and plastic food packaging easily. Rodents may also wander your home searching for nesting materials, with a preference for soft things like bits of cotton and shredded paper. 

Once they gain a foothold in the home, getting rid of mice can be difficult, so it's essential to act quickly. On average, a single mouse will reproduce ten times per year, so just a few fuzzy freeloaders can soon become an infestation with serious health repercussions. A buildup of rodent waste can aggravate allergies and asthma; mice also can spread illnesses, including hantavirus, Lassa fever, and leptospirosis.

Prevention Tips To Avoid Future Infestation 

Handling rodents and their waste can be dangerous. These creatures have parasites in their fur and carry illness-causing bacteria.

While it's essential to know how to get rid of mice, it's also important to keep mice out for the future. Indoors and out, there are several preventative steps you can take to make your home less hospitable to mice and decrease the chance they'll return.   

Perform upkeep to make outdoor areas less inviting.  

  • Cut back shrubs and low branches within 8 feet of the house.  

  • Add squirrel guards to bird feeders and hang them away from your house.  

  • Keep outdoor cooking areas and grills clean and free of food debris.  

  • Store grains and animal feed in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids. 

  • Locate compost bins and woodpiles at least 100 feet away from home.  

  • Elevate garbage cans, hay, and woodpiles at least 12 inches off the ground.  

  • Keep grass cut short within 20 feet of the home.  

  • Do not leave animal feed or water dishes out overnight.  

Rethink food storage.  

  • Do not leave produce out on counters or tables.  

  • Keep food in airtight containers made of metal or thick plastic.  

  • Consider limiting food consumption to one area of the home.  

  • Do not leave pet food or water out overnight.  

Clean vigilantly. 

  • Clean up spilled food right away.  

  • Store trash and food waste in rodent-proof containers and empty frequently.  

  • Wash dishes and cooking utensils immediately after use.  

  • Vacuum regularly to ensure no stray crumbs are left in carpets or rugs.

  • Clean indoor garbage containers frequently with soap and water.   

  • Discard items mice may use for nesting materials, such as newspapers and old magazines.

Despite your best efforts, you still may find yourself dealing with a rodent problem. Though you may be tempted to utilize DIY methods, these often fall short. Though you will wind out killing a few, you most likely won't eradicate the entire population. 

The Safest Solution Is To Call The Professionals At Natura Pest Control

When you're dealing with a rat or mouse problem, Natura Pest Control has the solution. Our experienced Reno rodent control team uses sophisticated removal methods to eliminate your rodent issue and safe, proven products to keep the problem away for good. We know how rodents behave here in the Reno metro area, and we use that knowledge to figure out where they're getting in. We'll close off their entrances, eliminate their nests, and get rid of the rats and mice for good, ensuring they have no reason to return in the future. In addition to using methods that are humane and safe for use around your family members and pets, we also offer world-class customer service that prioritizes your needs and your total and complete satisfaction.


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