Rodent Identification & Prevention

Rodent Identification & Prevention

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There's a lot to know about rodents in our area, including the dangers they pose, why they infest, and what to do about them. You can learn all of this information and more by checking out our information about rodents.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are mammals that are known for their gnawing. These animals have to constantly chew to keep their teeth from overgrowing as they never stop growing throughout their lives. 

Some rodents you may be familiar with are mice and rats. These are the most common rodents that infest residential and commercial properties.

Are rodents dangerous?

Yes, rodents are dangerous for multiple reasons:

  • Contaminating your home with waste and saliva
  • Bringing fleas, ticks, and other parasites into your house
  • Spreading diseases such as tularemia, rabies, plague, salmonellosis, hantavirus, and more

Plus, because rodents need to keep chewing, they can create cosmetic and structural damage to your home. They can also chew on wires and pipes, leading to fire and flood hazards.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

 With rodents, there are a few reasons why you might be experiencing an infestation, all of which involve these pests taking advantage of resources people provide. These resources include food and water, safe shelter, and holes or gaps in your foundation or siding that they can squeeze through.

Rodents are opportunistic and not picky, so even if you think your property doesn't have conducive conditions attracting these pests, it probably does. 

Where will I find rodents?

Once they infest, rodents scatter to different areas of the home but are most often near the kitchen and other eating areas. Because rodents will usually avoid people and are nocturnal animals, you are more likely to find signs of these pests rather than see them. Signs include:

  • Droppings and urine
  • Chew marks on food packaging and furniture 
  • Grease marks 
  • Paw prints
  • Shredded paper, fabric, and other nesting materials
  • An unpleasant odor

If you see any of these signs, don't ignore them. Rodents are quick reproducers, so giving them more time in your home will only allow the infestation to worsen.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Finding the right pest control company to help remove and prevent rodents can be stressful. We understand how difficult it can be to trust someone to implement the necessary treatments to eliminate these pests around kids and pets in your home.

Squash A Bug Pest Control provides rodent control services you can rely on and feel good about. We use only the best eco-friendly products and stand by our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are still experiencing pest problems after we treat them, we will return and re-treat them at no additional cost.

Ask our Squash A Bug Pest Control experts any questions you have about rodents and the treatment methods we use. 

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Preventing rodents in your home is about making the property less attractive to these pests, which you can do by implementing the following:

Remove Entryways

  • Fill in any hole in the exterior of your home using steel wool and caulk.
  • Place bricks in front of any gaps you can't fill.
  • Install covers and caps on vents, drains, and chimneys. 
  • Trim tree branches that are touching the roof and side of your house.

Remove Food Sources

  • Keep bird feeders away from your home and pick up any fallen fruit in your yard.
  • Use garbage cans with a tight-fitting lid and free of holes.
  • Keep your home clear of food debris and accessible stored food.

When you give us a call at Squash A Bug Pest Control, ask how reoccurring services can prevent rodents year-round.

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