Rodent Identification

What are rodents?

Mice, rats, squirrels, and chipmunks are typical examples of rodents. Varying in size, shape, color, and behavior, rodents make up the largest group of mammals. Controlling these pests can be very difficult. Something all rodents do have in common is continually growing front incisors. To prevent their sharp teeth from overgrowing, they need to chew constantly. There are many reasons why rodents are unwanted pests, but their chewing behavior and the resulting damage is one of the biggest reasons.

a large rat outside of a home

Are rodents dangerous?

Yes, rodents are dangerous for a wide variety of different reasons, including:

  • Mice and rats can spread more than 35 diseases through their saliva, excrement, and urine, causing food and surfaces to become contaminated.

  • Rodents spread hantavirus and salmonellosis; both can make people very ill.

  • Their shed fur and excrement can trigger allergies in some.

  • Rodents tend to be covered in parasites, which they then introduce into the home or other structure they have invaded.

  • A rodent’s chewing habits damage structures, personal property, and can lead to fire and water damage. 

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents tend to be shy, but curious animals and will do some investigative work before deciding to take up residence on a property. They are prey animals and need to feel safe. If rodents discover that your property provides them easy access to safe, secluded shelter that is close to food sources, they will take advantage of it. They forage for food in our gardens, trash cans, pet food, and compost.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents live on every continent except for Antarctica. They can be problematic in almost any environment. Rodents live successfully in the city, country, and everywhere in between. Outside rodents live and nest in parks, fields, yards, wooded areas, docks, and along the banks of streams. They make their way into homes and other buildings either to forage for food or to seek warm shelter. Inside their nests are regularly located in basements, attics, behind wall voids, behind large appliances, and in the backs of cabinets.

How do I get rid of rodents?

For home or business owners who want to get rid of rodents from their property, partnering with the local pest control experts at Neighborly Pest Management is your best solution. We are the greater Sacramento area’s best defense against pests. For more than four decades, we’ve been committed to keeping homes and businesses free of insects, rodents, and more. Our professionals work with our customers to control rodent populations. Learn more about our 100% guaranteed rodent control services by reaching out to Neighborly Pest Management today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent problems with rodents and other pests. In addition, the following prevention tips will help to keep rodents off of your property and out of your Northern California home.

  • Cut tree branches, shrubs, and bushes back away from the exterior walls of your home.

  • Seal up openings in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline to make it more difficult for rodents to gain entry.

  • Remove easy access to food by keeping locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins, harvesting fruits and vegetables from gardens, and removing bird feeders.

  • Inside your home, always keep food in the refrigerator or air-tight containers, wash dishes daily, and regularly remove trash.

  • Give rodents fewer places to hide inside by keeping basements and other storage areas clean and free of debris.

 

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