Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are small mammals with a set of large, constantly-growing front incisors. These front teeth, located in both the upper and lower jaws, are used in the wild to break open hard seeds and nuts. Some common rodent names you may be familiar with include roof rats, Norway rats, house mice, and field mice. These four types of rodents are some of the most common home invaders and can be between 2 and 18 inches long, depending on their species. Again, depending on their exact species, a rodent’s fur may be a mixture of blacks, grays, browns, and tans, while others may have dark-colored bodies and lighter bellies. Here in Texas, mice and rats are especially common pest invaders.

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Are rodents dangerous?

When roof rats or house mice manage to get into your home, they can create a lot of problems for you and your family. Rodents must constantly find things to chew on to wear down their teeth, and while they usually chew on nuts or seeds in the wild, they tend to do a lot of damage when they enter residential or commercial buildings. In fact, both mice and rats have been known to cause structural damage, start house fires by chewing through electrical wiring, and cause floods when they chew through major piping systems. And as if the cost of repairs isn't enough, all rodents have the ability to carry multiple diseases onto your property and into your home. These diseases are transmitted through contaminated food items, water sources, or surfaces and can be harmful and even life-threatening under the right circumstances.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

If you are finding signs of house mice, field mice, Norway rats, or roof rats on your property, it may be because you're unintentionally attracting them right to your home. Rodents are attracted to properties with easily accessible food sources and lots of spaces to hide in. Open garbage cans, food left on counter surfaces, and pet food left outdoors at night are all common food sources that may attract rats and mice. Additionally, if there is a lot of clutter on your lawn or in your home, rodents will take advantage of those hiding spaces to stay out of your sight. Some common places that rodents may hide in include tall grass, wood piles, toys, boxes, papers, and lawn equipment.

Where will I find rodents?

As we previously mentioned, rodents prefer to stay out of sight when they enter your home and will generally only venture out to forage at night or when you’re not around. However, you may be able to find rodents if you inspect your attic, wall voids, under your porch, in high cabinets or shelves, inside storage areas, utility sheds, and your garage.

How do I get rid of rodents?

It's important to understand that you should never try to handle a rodent infestation on your own. These pests are capable of reproducing rapidly, which means even if you get rid of some on your own, your problem is far from over. Additionally, rodents may become aggressive when cornered and can transmit dangerous diseases when they bite.
 
Here at It's Bugs Or Us®, we believe that effective pest control starts with a quality pest control plan. Our pest technicians are dedicated to equipping you with a pest control plan that will keep your home or business property protected year-round. For more information on our service plans or to schedule a free inspection, reach out to us!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Other than one of the effective pest control plans from It’s Bugs Or Us®, there’s really no way to keep rodents out of your home 100% of the time. However, you can make your property less attractive to rodents by removing the food sources, hiding spaces, and openings that may be used to enter your home.
 
Try these preventative measures to safeguard your home:

  • Clean your counters on a regular basis.

  • Don’t leave food out on your counter surfaces.

  • Never leave pet food out overnight.

  • Seal your trash cans, and store them away from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove clutter such as boxes, papers, and toys from your floors.

  • Remove piles of leaves, wood, sticks, and other organic debris from your yard.

  • Keep your grass trimmed short.

Keeping rodents away from your home becomes easy with the help of one of our pest technicians here at It’s Bugs Or Us® on your side. Our services are designed to rid Texas properties of rodents. To secure a professional rodent control plan for your property, give us a call here at It's Bugs Or Us®! We'd be happy to help solve your pest problem.

 

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