Rodent Identification & Prevention
What are rodents?
Rodents are mammals notable for their constantly growing front teeth; rodents continually gnaw on things to keep these teeth in shape. Rodents are known as highly adaptable and prolific pests, and though there are many species, there are two main types of rodents that are commonly a problem in human structures.
Both mice and rats may present serious issues when they invade your home or business. Mice are smaller with brownish or gray-brown fur, compact bodies, rounded ears, large eyes, and long scaly tails. Rats are larger than mice and have either light brown, gray-brown, or black fur, depending on the species. Rats also have long scaly tails and rounded ears.
ProForce Pest Control can help identify all the different rodents you may notice on your property.
Are rodents dangerous?
Even though rodents are small, they bring serious problems with them. All rodents carry bacteria and pathogens to your property as they scavenge through indoor and outdoor areas. Illnesses that you risk contracting from a rodent infestation include lymphocytic choriomeningitis, salmonellosis, hantavirus, and leptospirosis. Rodents may also trigger allergic reactions and asthma or respiratory issues.
Additionally, rodents are constantly gnawing and easily chew their way through materials such as electrical wires, wood, insulation, drywall, ductwork, flooring, and personal items like clothing, fabrics, and shoes.
Effective rodent control is necessary to avoid costly damage to your property and the risk of illness.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents are typically attracted to properties with plenty of food, water, and shelter to access. They will gravitate to areas of organic waste, such as compost piles and garbage cans, and they often follow the scent of food indoors and scavenge through kitchens and pantry areas.
Where will I find rodents?
Outside, rodents are frequently in trees, woodpiles, piles of debris, long grass, or overgrown trees and bushes. If they make their way inside, rodents will often nest in the voids between walls and in attics, basements, crawl spaces, storage areas, or anywhere warm, dark, and close to food.
How do I get rid of rodents?
You must deal with rodents quickly using professional tactics to avoid the health and safety dangers a rodent infestation can bring.
If you want to get rid of rodents, call our ProForce Pest Control service professionals. We work with you to inspect your property, develop reliable treatment solutions, and remove pest infestations from indoor and outdoor spaces in a family-friendly way.
Contact us today to learn more about our rodent control services.
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Putting the following prevention tips into place can help stop rodents from invading your property in the future:
- Install weatherstripping around windows and doors in addition to door sweeps to block off easy rodent entry points.
- Repair broken window and door screens and seal gaps around windows, doors, and the foundation of your property to completely rodent-proof interior spaces.
- Utilize chimney caps to block off elevated rodent entry points.
- Address moisture issues to stop excess water or humidity from attracting rodents.
- Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables around your yard and garden; cut back long grass and remove piles of debris.
- Ensure all trash cans have tight-fitting lids to prevent the odor from attracting rodents and stop easy scavenging.
- Store all leftover food properly and always clean up food and drink spills to prevent hungry rodents from being drawn to your property.
Reach out to ProForce Pest Control today for assistance in defeating rodent infestations or to learn more about our pest control services in Charlotte.
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