Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are highly adaptive mammals and are found living on all the continents of the world, except for Antarctica. These pests are prolific breeders and are known for taking advantage of any food, water, and shelter sources they come across. The most common species of rodents that cause problems for homeowners here in Texas are mice and rats. Rodents all share a common feature - a pair of front incisors that continuously grow throughout their entire lives. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, rodents are constantly gnawing on anything they can get their teeth on, making them very destructive pests when they find their way inside.
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The two most common species of rodents that cause problems for home and business owners are mice and rats. The main difference between mice and rats is that adult rats are about three to five times as large as adult mice. Both species have bodies covered in fur, rounded ears, beady eyes, and long tails covered in a light layer of fur.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are definitely a danger to both people and property. They contaminate food sources and the surfaces of homes with their urine, feces, and saliva. Rodents spread a wide variety of diseases and bacteria, including Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), Hantavirus, dysentery, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis. They introduce parasites like fleas, mites, and ticks into homes, which can also spread disease. Inside homes, rodents chew through and damage furniture, clothing, flooring, drywall, insulation, pictures, walls, and more. Rodents can cause fire and water damage by chewing through wires and pipes.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

If you have a rodent problem on your property or inside your home, it is because your home is providing them with what they need to thrive - water, food, and shelter. Rodents can invade and become a problem inside any home any time of the year, but they do tend to become more problematic in the late fall and winter months when looking for shelter where they can overwinter. Rodents are especially attracted to properties with:

  • Gardens

  • Compost piles

  • Pet food

  • Open containers of garbage

  • Outdoor eating areas

  • Bird feeders

  • Bird baths

  • Clogged gutters

  • Wild animal feed

  • Pet food

  • Wood piles

  • Dense vegetation

  • Piles of debris

Where are rodents commonly found?

Where exactly mice or rats choose to nest is dependent on the species in question. In most cases, mice nesting outside will do so in tree stumps, piles of wood, abandoned nests of other small animals, in between rocks, or in dense vegetation. Rats living outside nest in places like in trees, in piles of debris, under decks and foundations, under sheds, or along the banks of rivers. Mice and rats nesting inside will do so behind walls, in crawl spaces, in attics, in basements, behind large appliances, or underneath sinks.

How do I get rid of rodents?

The easiest way to completely eliminate rodents, and prevent a re-infestation, is with the help of a professional. At Bug Head Pest Control, our experienced professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and eliminate all the rodents nesting in your home. We can then prevent their return by putting exclusion measures into place. For exceptional rodent control services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, reach out to us at Bug Head Pest Control and schedule your free rodent inspection!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

The following tips can help you to reduce your chances of attracting rodents to your Texas property:

  • Seal openings in your home's foundation and exterior walls.

  • Place weather stripping around exterior windows and doors.

  • Repair holes along the roofline and roof intersections.

  • Place a tight-fitting cap on your chimney.

  • Seal spaces around pipes, wires, cables, and other utilities entering your home through exterior walls.

  • Make sure that trash cans have tight-fitting lids on them.

  • Trim tree limbs away from the exterior of your home.

  • Place garden areas and compost piles a distance away from the exterior of your home.

 

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