Rodent Identification

What are rodents?

Rodents have continuously growing front incisors that they keep short by gnawing on objects. Rodents make up about forty percent of all animals on earth, which means millions of these creatures are roaming nearly every continent across the world.

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In our area of Texas, some of the most common rodents are the nimble roof rat, the heavy-bodied Norway rat, the small field mouse, and the indoor loving house mouse. Besides continuously growing front incisors, rodents also all enjoy using our Texas yards, homes, and businesses as a place to nest, breed, and feed.

Are rodents dangerous?

The fact that rodents easily spread diseases and cause damage wherever they go label them as dangerous pests. Rodents are not aggressive, and unless living in very large populations where food is scarce, they try their best way to stay away from people.

The urine, excrement, saliva, and shed fur rodents produce, and the fleas and ticks they carry on their backs cause significant issues for people and our properties. Rodents spread bacteria and viruses that make people ill, contaminate food, food prep areas, and other surfaces. In addition, they introduce ticks and fleas onto our Texas properties that spread even more dangerous diseases to people and our pets.

Rodents aren’t dangerous just because of the diseases they spread, but because of the structural damage they create. Keeping their chisel-like front incisors sharp is a full-time job and is completed by continually chewing on things they come across. In our homes, this means rodents damage wires, pipes, cables, insulation, drywall, and more! They also use their front teeth to chew their way into our homes, food packaging, boxes, furniture, walls, and anywhere else they choose.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are prolific breeders and have a high metabolism, meaning mice and rats are always on the lookout for somewhere to nest and food to eat. If your yard provides them with either, rodents won’t hesitate to take advantage.

If your home has openings in its exterior, they will move indoors to take advantage of the temperature-controlled environment inside. Food found in open trash cans, unmaintained gardens, and pet food bowls keep them well-fed, and clutter inside or outside our homes allows them to live and nest and remain hidden. 

Where will I find rodents?

House mice and field mice are most problematic in homes located near fields, parks, or other open areas. Inside our homes, they hide in dark, secluded spaces like behind wall voids, in attics, and basements. They also like to hide in cabinets, under sinks, and in furniture.

Norway rats live at ground level. Outside, they burrow next to buildings, under foundations, garbage piles, brush piles, and woodpiles. Inside, they nest in basements and behind wall voids.

Roof rats are excellent climbers, and often enter inside through holes in the roof’s edge, damaged roof shingles, or the chimney. They frequently climb up trees and use tree branches to gain access to a home or other structure. After moving inside, they nest in attics or behind wall voids.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Rodents are persistent creatures that will not hesitate to move onto our properties to acquire their basic food, water, and shelter needs. If you need help getting rodents off your property or would like to prevent future problems with rodents, Accurate Termite and Pest Control can help.

Our family-owned and operated pest control company is dedicated to our customers and helping people maintain pest-free properties. We tailor our pest control programs to meet our customer’s individual needs. With over 20 years in the pest control industry, you can feel at ease trusting us with the rodent control needs of your home or business.

To learn more about protecting your Texas residential or commercial property from rodents without the threat of contracts or hidden fees, call us at Accurate Termite and Pest Control today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Our professionals at Accurate Termite and Pest Control have put together a list of helpful prevention tips to help Texas homeowners avoid problems with rodents:

  • Remove the biggest attractant to rodents from your property, which is food. Maintain gardens, pick up uneaten pet food, keep grill areas free of food debris, and of course, keep lids on all trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Inside your home it is also essential to get rid of food sources. Always keep pantry items in sealed, hard-sided containers. Store fruits, vegetables, and baked goods inside the fridge, never out on counters or tables.
  • Take away entry points using a strong material to seal holes in the foundation, around windows and doors, and along the roofline.
  • Inside, seal holes in walls, floors, and along baseboards to help prevent rodents from moving throughout your home.
  • Remove hiding spots by keeping shrubs and bushes near your home pruned, not letting landscaping near your house overgrow, and removing things like leaf piles, woodpiles, and construction debris from your yard.

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