Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents are mammals that, despite being wild animals, have come to depend on us for some of their food, water, and shelter. This dependence can make keeping rodents out of our homes and businesses a daunting but necessary task because of the problems they cause. When living outside in nature and away from people, mice and rats are helpful with maintaining grasslands and forested areas, and they also play an essential role as a food source for many predators.

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Some of the most common rodents to invade properties in our area include field mice, house mice, Norway rats, and roof rats.

Field mice
Field mice have small, stocky bodies covered in coarse chestnut brown to dark brown fur with light gray underbellies. Compared to the house mouse, the field mouse has a blunt nose and short ears.

House mice
These small mice have oval-shaped bodies covered in light brown or gray fur and have lighter colored underbellies. Their tails have a light layer of fur covering them and are about the same length or longer than their bodies. They also have pointed noses and small ears.

Norway rats
These rodents have dense, heavy bodies covered in shaggy brown or gray colored fur, and their underbellies are a lighter color. Their long, scaly tails are hairless and shorter in length than their heads and bodies. They also have blunt noses.

Roof rats
These rats are very agile, and their thin bodies allow them to climb structures easily – hence the name "roof rat." Their fur is dark brown or black with gray hairs scattered throughout, and they have lighter-colored underbellies. You can also identify a roof rat by its pointed nose, dark eyes, large ears, and long, scaly tail that is void of hair.

Are rodents dangerous?

All rodents have continuously growing front incisors. To prevent these sharp teeth from overgrowing, they gnaw on anything they come across like drywall, flooring, insulation, pipes, wires, and personal items like clothing, furniture, and bedding. In addition to the structural damage they cause, rodents contaminate food, food prep areas, and the surfaces of your property with their saliva and excrement. Additionally, they spread bacteria and diseases such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis that make people quite ill. Mice and rats are also known as agricultural pests because they wreak havoc in fields and gardens, destroying a large number of crops.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are shy creatures and prefer to stay away from people, yet have no problem taking advantage of any food, water, or shelter our properties provide. They are first attracted to properties that offer them accessible places to forage for food such as open trash containers, compost piles, bird feeders, gardens, and outdoor eating areas. Once in your yard, while either nesting or foraging for food, they usually end up finding their way indoors to secure a secluded nesting spot away from harsh weather.

Where will I find rodents?

Mice and rats move inside homes and other buildings through openings they find in the foundation, exterior walls, and roof line. They also get in through vents, spaces around pipes and wires, and gaps around windows and doors. Once inside, they nest behind wall voids and large appliances, in attics, basements, cabinets, and crawlspaces. Outside, mice and rats nest in tall grass, wooded areas, fields, gardens, under decks, in sheds and garages, in a tree hollow, and the abandoned nests of other small animals.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Dedicated to providing our residential and commercial customers with effective pest control solutions, Evolve Pest Control will solve all of your Nevada, Texas, and St. George, Utah property's pest problems. With an extensive service area covering Dallas/Fort Worth and the Las Vegas Metro, our trained and experienced service technicians perform thorough inspections and advanced treatments to eliminate pests and prevent them from returning. Our goal is to offer our customers high-quality services that are affordable and eco-friendly, helping them to maintain a pest-free home or business. To request your free quote and get started with your service, contact Evolve Pest Control today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

In addition to our professional rodent control services, the following tips will help to keep rodents off your property:

  • Install sheet metal about 2 feet high around the base of fruit trees on your property.

  • Repair any damage to the roof or roof line of your home or business.

  • Seal up openings in your foundation and exterior walls.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

  • Clean the debris and clutter from your yard.

  • Keep locking lids on trash cans and compost bins.

  • Cut tree branches away from the exterior of your property.

  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors, especially basement and garage doors.

  • Leave at least a 3-foot barrier between shrubs and bushes and your property's exterior.

 

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