What are rodents?

Rodents make up the largest group of mammals and are identified by their continuously-growing front incisors. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, rodents constantly gnaw on anything they can get their teeth on. Rodents are pests that take advantage of any food, water, and shelter sources they come across. The two most common species of rodents to cause problems for home and business owners in Charlotte, North Carolina are mice and rats.

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  • Mice. Mice are a small species of rodent. Their appearance will vary by species, but in general, they have pointed snouts, small, rounded ears, large, black eyes, and long, thin tails. Their ears and tails are covered in a light layer of velvety fur. Their bodies are usually covered in fur that is brown, and their underbellies have lighter colored fur.

  • Rats. Rats' appearances vary by species. Their bodies tend to be covered in light brown to black-colored fur. Their underbellies are covered in lighter-colored fur. Their ears and thick tails are typically void of any hair, while their noses are pointed or can be blunt in shape. Adult rats are much larger in size than adult mice.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are a danger to both people and property. They cause structural damage by chewing through electrical wires, equipment, lumber, insulation, drywall, ductwork, and flooring. They also destroy personal property by chewing on it or gathering it to use as nesting materials. Clothing, shoes, papers, pictures, and furniture can all be damaged by rodents. Rodents carry and spread many diseases, including Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), salmonellosis, dysentery, Hantavirus, and leptospirosis. Their shed fur, saliva, and excrement can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. In addition, they contaminate food sources and the surfaces of your building with urine, excrement, and saliva.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

There are a lot of things that can attract rodents to a property. They include gardens, compost piles, pet food, open containers of garbage, grills, and outdoor eating areas. Rodents are also attracted to bird feeders, wood piles, and dense vegetation. Once attracted to and living on your property, it is only a matter of time before rodents find their way inside your home to search for food sources. They also invade if the weather outside becomes too harsh. Rodents squeeze their way inside through spaces in the foundation, gaps underneath doors, through holes along the roofline, through vents, or down chimneys.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents nest outside in a variety of spots, including in trees, woodpiles, tree stumps, under decks and foundations, in dense vegetation, along riverbeds, in abandoned bird nests, and in areas of debris. Rodents that have found their way inside to nest do so in warm, dark, secluded areas near food sources. They like areas of clutter and places that aren’t frequently visited by people. Common indoor nesting spots include behind walls, in attics or basements, inside crawlspaces, inside storage boxes, and behind appliances.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Partner with qualified pest control experts to eliminate and control rodents. At ProForce Pest Control, our knowledgeable and dedicated service professionals provide effective and guaranteed residential and commercial pest control services. We are committed to exceeding customer expectations and using innovative solutions to eliminate rodents and other invasive pests from Charlotte and the surrounding area's homes and businesses. To learn more about our rodent control services, contact ProForce.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Doing the following in your North Carolina home or business and around your property can help to prevent problems with rodents in the future:

  • Place weather stripping around exterior windows and doors.

  • Eliminate entrance points into your home or business.

  • Place a tight-fitting cap on the chimney.

  • Remove water sources.

  • Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables from garden areas.

  • Make sure outside trashcans have tight-fitting lids on them.

  • Trim tree branches, shrubs, and bushes away from the exterior of your home.


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