What are rodents?
Most of the non-flying mammals living worldwide are rodents. More than 1,500 different species of rodents roam the earth. Rodents and all mammals have fur, nurse their young, give birth to live young, and are warm-blooded. Rodents vary in appearance depending on their species, but all rodents have one physical feature in common: continuously growing front incisors on the top and bottom jaw.
Mice and rats are both examples of rodents, and both have discovered the benefits of living near people. These are commensal rodents, which means “living with or in close association to humans.” The most common type of rodents living and invading properties in our area include Norway rats, roof rats, house mice, and field mice.
Are rodents dangerous?
Being bitten by a rodent is usually not a threat; they are shy and want to stay away from you just as much as you want to stay away from them. A rodent bite usually only occurs if you are aggravating them. The two biggest concerns regarding rodents are the diseases they can spread and the damage they can cause using their sharp front incisors.
To stop their teeth from overgrowing, they are always finding objects to chew on. When rodents move into our homes, they will chew through and damage floors, drywall, wires, pipes, and cables. They will also damage furniture, clothing, and boxes. Their chewing habits may also lead to fire and water damage.
As rodents travel outside, they pick up various parasites and bacteria on their bodies. When they move into your home, they spread bacteria and other pathogens that contaminate food and food prep areas. Things rodents spread which can make us ill include:
- Rat-bite fever
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents are omnivores and have a varied diet. They eat many of the same foods we do and have learned that it is easy to forage for food near our properties. Trash cans, compost areas, animal feed, gardens, and fruit trees all provide rodents food.
Rodents nest outside in woodpiles, brush piles, gardens, tall grass, and areas of overgrown vegetation. While living in our yards near our homes, it is easy for them to find a way inside when trying to escape harsh weather or searching for more food sources.
Mice and roof rats are good climbers and can enter at ground level or climb trees or walls and enter through chimneys or gaps along rooflines. Norway rats are poor climbers and usually only enter at ground level through spaces in the foundation, vents, or spaces under doors.
Where will I find rodents?
Rodents that live inside homes choose to nest in dark, secluded places such as clutter found in basements, wall voids, attics, behind appliances, or in the back of cabinets.
Mice and rats are nocturnal, so you aren’t likely to see them unless there is a large infestation present. However, they do leave behind signs of their presence, which will help you discover them sooner rather than later if you know what to look for.
- Teeth marks: As rodents chew on objects to care for their teeth, they will mark up cabinets, wooden furniture, floors, and door trim.
- Droppings: Rodents have a high metabolism, which means they eat a lot and create a lot of excrement. If rodents are present, you will find their dark, rice-shaped droppings along the edges of walls, in closets, drawers, boxes, and cabinets.
- A musty odor: Rodent urine leaves behind a strong, musty, ammonia-like smell that is most noticeable around their nesting sites.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Get rid of rodents with ease by partnering with the local pest control experts at Alternative Pest Control. We are passionate about providing our customers with both exceptional customer service and pest control solutions.
With over 35 years in the pest control industry, you can trust our family owned and operated company to protect your family from pests. Using Integrated Pest Management techniques, and customized services, we will solve your current pest problems and stop them from returning. We will work with you to maintain a residential or commercial property free of rodents and other pests!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Taking the following steps will help you to stop rodents from taking over your Georgia property. In conjunction with our pest control services, our prevention tips will help you guard your home against rodents.
- Keep your porch or deck free of debris to eliminate hiding spots near your home that rodents could take advantage of.
- Seal spaces around windows and doors and in the foundation that will allow rodents to move inside.
- Place covers over vents and drains leading into your home to block rodents from entering.
- Place lids on trash cans and recycling bins to keep rodents out.
- Remove bird and wild animal feeders from your property.
- Maintain garden areas and regularly harvest fruit from trees.
- Keep the grass cut short and remove overgrown landscaping and fallen trees from your property.
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