What are rodents?
With more than 40 percent of mammals being rodents, they are a common pest and live in a variety of environments worldwide. Whether you live in the city, on a farm, or in a house in the suburbs, rodents can become a problem for you. They are persistent pests that are difficult to control, and once they decide to call our properties their home, they are not easy to get rid of.
Two of the most common species of rodents that cause problems for home and business owners are the rat and mouse. Both have no problem taking advantage of any food, water, or shelter that our properties offer.
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents can be very dangerous pests. Both rats and mice cause health problems for people and create structural damage in and around homes and businesses. Not only are rodents capable of spreading things like salmonella, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever, but the parasites (fleas and ticks) they carry on their backs also spread disease.
Rodents are known for the damage they cause with their large, sharp front incisors. These front incisors continuously grow and to prevent them from overgrowing, they chew on anything they come across. Rodents cause damage to wires, drywall, pipes, and other structural elements of a home. They contaminate food and surfaces with their saliva and excrement.
If all that wasn’t enough, rodents also keep us awake at night by scurrying above our ceilings and behind our walls.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents are attracted to properties that provide them with something they need, usually access to food, water, or shelter. As prey animals, rodents like to have plenty of places to hide and nest out of sight. Things like tree stumps, fallen trees, logs, woodpiles, tall grass, and dense vegetation draw rodents to a property. Rodents forage for food in trash cans, compost piles, gardens, and even our pet’s food bowls. Standing water and dripping faucets offer rodents sources of water.
Where will I find rodents?
Where rodents prefer to live depends on their species. Some species are very agile and are great climbers, nesting up high in trees and on roofs. Other species prefer living at ground level either inside or outside of our homes. Rodents do prefer to live outside but won’t hesitate to take advantage of openings in our homes or businesses. These furry pests often find their way inside while foraging for food or trying to escape harsh weather. Rodents do not hibernate; they are a threat to people and our properties year-round.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Get rid of rodents from your residential or commercial property with the help of the local experts at All Star Pest Control. We will eliminate rodents and other pests from your home or business and provide the follow-up services needed to prevent them from returning. We work closely with our customers to ensure that we meet all their pest control needs.
All Star Pest Control offers exceptional pest control services, using the most modern technology and products available. If you are ready to protect your Omaha, Nebraska home or business from pests, reach out to All Star Pest Control today. Our results are guaranteed!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
The best way to prevent future problems with rodents is to partner with the professionals at All Star Pest Control. It is also important to implement the following prevention tips:
- Take the necessary time needed to inspect the exterior of your home thoroughly. Seal any cracks, gaps, or openings you find. Place covers over vents and chimney openings. Place weather stripping around windows and doors.
- Maintain landscaping around your home, keep plants and trees cut back away from the outside of your home.
- Store your firewood at least 15 feet from the outside walls of your home.
- Stop rodents from foraging for food on your property by keeping locking lids on trash cans and recycling bins. It is also a good idea to store them up off of the ground.
- Rodents are prey animals and like to stay out of sight. Remove hiding spots from your property by getting rid of excess piles of debris, logs, tree stumps, piles of leaves, and overgrown landscaping.