From rats to mice, rodents can bring in disease and damage your home.
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Most homeowners know the struggle of dealing with a rodent issue in their home. Rats, mice, and other rodents, and large pests bring with them many concerns. If these animals find their way into the pantry or other food storage areas, be prepared for them to have a feast.
Not only do rodents consume food products, but they also leave behind hair and feces. In fact, one rat can easily leave up to 25,000 droppings in a single year. This is both unsightly as well as dangerous, as they often transmit diseases and parasites. Among the many diseases carried by rats and other rodents are tuberculosis, foot-and-mouth, and rabies.
The most common rodent found in homes, house mice, breed rapidly, and love many of the same foods we do as humans. They are especially attracted to grains, cereal, and seeds. House mice have pointed muzzles and are generally smaller than most rat breeds – they average 2.5 to 3.75 inches long. Because mice are creatures of habit, they will often use the same path over and over, so signs you may have them in their home include visible “runways” in addition to clearly disturbed food products and small footprints.
Norway Rats are one of the larger breeds of rats and first made it to the United States centuries ago, catching a ride on ships arriving from other countries around the world. They can survive in a variety of climates, so these rats continue to be present all around the country, making homes out of houses, gardens, fields, etc. Norway rats have difficulty seeing and are colorblind. Their other senses work well and they are great at getting around.
Norway rats tend to burrow, so they often live at ground level or below. They can also climb and swim, making it easy for them to explore your home at their leisure. Signs you may have Norway rats in your home include gnaw marks on surfaces, capsule-shaped droppings, or noticeable footprints.
Roof rats are smaller than Norway rats and as their name suggests, they often head to the upper part of your home rather than living at ground level. This breed of rat is a little pickier when it comes to climate preferences, so you won’t find them nationwide. However, they love tropical regions and are widely present in southern coastal states like Florida.
Roof rats also leave behind droppings, but a good way to tell the difference is that theirs are pointed at the end. Other potential signs of roof rats in your home include noises from the attic or walls or gnaw marks on food containers.
Pest and Rodent Control from Southern Fumigation & Pest Control
Because rodents differ in habitat and food preferences, it’s important to know what type of pest you’ve got before selecting a treatment. Rodents breed quickly, so time is of the essence to call a professional pest control expert once you discover their presence. We can help identify which species has invaded your home, provide you with options for mitigating the situation as well as possible steps to take to make it more difficult for them to find their way there again.
Don’t let rodents in your home overwhelm you, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!