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Rodent Identification

What are rodents?

rat outside on the roots of a tree

Mice, rats, squirrels, and chipmunks are typical examples of rodents. Rodents vary in size, shape, color, and behavior and 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 are the biggest reasons.

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.
  • Covered in parasites, Rodents will introduce them 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. 
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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 the trash.
  • Give rodents fewer places to hide inside by keeping basements and other storage areas clean and free of debris.

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