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Rodent Identification

What are rodents?

Rodents, such as mice and rats, are mammals, distinguishable by their teeth; every single animal categorized as a rodent has front incisors that grow continuously throughout their life. To stop these teeth from overgrowing, rodents are always chewing on objects they come across. Wearing down their teeth not only helps to keep them from overgrowing, but also helps them to stay sharp. They use their teeth not only to feed, but as a means of defense, as well.

a black rat on the floor of a house

Some of the most common species of rodents that live in our Peachtree City area include the following:

  • Roof rats
  • Norway rats
  • House mice
  • Field mice

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are both dangerous and destructive. These furry pests carry on their bodies a variety of parasites, including fleas and ticks; these parasites – as well as rodents, themselves – carry and spread diseases and bacteria that make people ill.
 
Their constant need to gnaw and their high food needs allow these pests to also be very destructive. Using their sharp teeth, rodents easily chew their way into containers and bags of stored food. They chew through wires, drywall, pipes, and cables. Rodents gnaw on and damage clothing, shoes, books, boxes, and papers.

Rats have poor eyesight; to find their way around, they move along walls and furniture, staining them with grease and dirt over time. Trails of urine and excrement are also left behind by rodents as they travel, and exposure to their excrement may trigger allergies and asthma attacks in some people.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Over time, as our habitats have merged together, rodents have come to rely on us for access to food and safe places to nest. Once they discover that your yard or home is a good real estate investment, they will make themselves at home, and begin to quickly reproduce and increase their numbers.

Food is the biggest attractant to a property for rodents. They have a very fast metabolism, and are constantly in search of food to feed their hungry bellies. Trash cans, compost piles, gardens, fruit trees, and leftover pet food are all places rodents like to forage for food.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents are prey animals; whether living outside or inside, rodents have an internal desire to stay out of sight. Outside, rodents nest in areas of dense vegetation or debris that keeps them out of view of predators. Woodpiles, shrubs, brush, trees cavities, garden areas, spaces under decks and steps, and dumpsters are all common hideouts for rodents.

Rodents often find their way into structures while foraging for food and shelter. Our homes, garages, sheds, barns, and other buildings often harbor rodents. Inside, rodents like to place their nest in close proximity to sources of food. Common nesting sites include:

  • Wall voids
  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Cabinets
  • Closets
  • Cars, lawnmowers, or farm equipment

How do I get rid of rodents?

To protect your property from mice and rats, it is essential to maintain an effective rodent prevention and control program. For the complete removal of rodents from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City rodent control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of rodents and other pests.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with rodents:

  • Rodents have strong jaws and sharp teeth; to keep them out of your home, use steel wool, metal, or another strong material to fill spaces around utilities, vents, and drains.
  • Small rodents, such as mice, only need a space about 1/4 inch in diameter to squeeze their way into your home. Inspect your home’s exterior walls and foundation, caulking any openings discovered.
  • Make sure vents and chimney openings have tight-fitting mesh covers over them.
  • Remove overgrown landscaping, shrubs, and bushes that rodents could hide in.
  • Cut tree branches back from your home’s roof.
  • Place metal flashing on the trunk of fruit trees to stop rats from being able to climb them and feed on the fruit.
  • Keep grass cut short.
  • Keep woodpiles a distance from the outside of your home.
  • Limit their access to food by keeping locking lids on trash cans and compost bins, picking up uneaten pet food, maintaining garden areas, and harvesting fruit from trees on a regular basis.
  • Eliminate their access to water by fixing leaking pipes and filling in low-lying areas on your property that collect rainwater.
 

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