Rodent Identification

What are rodents?

Rodents are a type of mammal. They live worldwide and play an important role in the eco-system, acting as prey for many other animals. Rodents are problematic for humans because they live together in large numbers and reproduce quickly. Rodents, though wild animals, like to live close to people as humans provide them with the necessities of food, water, and shelter.

a large rat

Examples of rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, groundhogs, chipmunks, and porcupines. While different rodent species vary greatly in size and appearance, all rodents have continuously growing front incisors. These teeth distinguish the rodent species from other mammals.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous. Their ability to live in large populations only increases the number of problems they cause. Rodents are well known for contaminating and wasting food. Furthermore, when present in agricultural buildings they are responsible for substantial economic loss making effective rodent control paramount to success. Nothing can devastate a crop field or food storage container like hungry rodents.

Rodents also spread many diseases like leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, and salmonellosis. When living inside a home or business, rodents will contaminate food and surfaces with saliva, excrement, and shed fur. They also spread disease indirectly through the fleas and ticks that live on their fur-covered bodies.

Structural damage is also a concern when rodents are present. Rodents use their sharp front teeth to chew through and damage drywall, wires, pipes, clothing, furniture, flooring, and more. To keep their ever-growing front incisors from overgrowing, they will chew on almost anything.

Beyond the damage they cause, they will also contaminate surfaces with droppings and rub marks. Rodents have poor vision and often use walls and furniture to lead them to and from their nest and food sources. As they rub their bodies on surfaces, they leave behind unsightly grease marks and a trail of droppings.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Two of the most problematic rodents that home and business owners deal with regularly are mice and rats. Both these spaces come inside in search of viable food sources and a warm place to live. They will look through trashcans, compost piles, gardens, pet food bowls, and outdoor eating areas to find their next meal.

Once rodents like mice or rats are comfortable on your property, they will move closer and closer to your home, eventually squeezing their body into any opening they discover. Rodents move into your home to seek a warmer or cooler environment or to find more food once outdoor sources become scarce.

Where will I find rodents?

Neither mice nor rats hibernate, so you will find these pests are active and can become a problem inside of any home or business throughout the year. However, they are most likely to find their way indoors during the colder months.

In homes and other structures, rodents like mice and rats nest in secluded, hard to reach areas. Since they are prey animals, they like to live away from high traffic areas. Common nesting sites include wall voids, spaces behind large appliances, cabinets, the backs of cupboards, attics, and inside cardboard boxes and other containers.

If rodents are inside your home, you may notice their dark rice-like dropping in drawers or along the floor, gnaw marks on wooden trim or cabinets, or chewed holes in food containers. There is also a good chance that you may hear rodents before you see them. At night, rodents will move around your home, and you may hear scratching or running sounds behind walls or above ceilings.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Rodents populate quickly making them hard to get rid of without professional assistance. You may set traps, but if you're catching one rodent, there are likely dozens that are currently hiding or will eventually make their way into your home. Partner with Natura Pest Control, to eliminate rodents from your property.

Our pest control solutions are not only effective, but they also leave behind the smallest environmental footprint possible! We will work closely with you to control rodents and ensure your Nevada property stays pest-free throughout the year. Our dedicated pest professionals will meet your unique pest control needs using clean, green, and organic products. To learn more about our rodent control solutions, reach out to Natura Pest Control today.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Stopping rodents from finding their way onto your property and then inside your home is difficult. The best way to avoid problems with rodents is to partner with a professional, implement routine pest control services, and eliminate attractants from your property:

  • Maintain high sanitation standards in and around your home to avoid attracting foraging rodents to your property.
  • Seal spaces in the exterior of your home. Use a durable material that can stand up to the strong, sharp teeth of rodents.
  • Fix punctured pipes, eliminate areas of standing water, and replace dripping hoses that can provide a source of water to thirsty rodents.
  • Eliminate hiding and nesting spots by removing construction debris, woodpiles, and dense shrubbery that is close to the exterior of your home or business.
  • Store clutter in sealed containers that mice and rats may use to create nests.

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