Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents are a type of mammal with over 2,000 species living throughout the world. They are known for being prolific breeders; a few rodents can quickly turn to hundreds! Rodents range in weight from just a few ounces to well over 100 pounds. Despite their varying sizes and looks, all rodents have one thing in common: their front incisors grow continuously. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, they chew on just about anything, making them very damaging pests.

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Some of the most common species of rodents living throughout our area of Southeast Florida include the following:

Mice
The most common species of mouse is the house mouse. These mice are light brown to gray with a light cream-colored underbelly. They have a pointed nose, large ears, and a long tail covered in a light layer of fur.

Norway rats
These rats have a heavy, dense body covered in shaggy brown or gray colored fur. Their underbelly is lighter in color than the rest of their body. Norway rats have a blunt nose, small round ears, little black eyes, and are excellent swimmers.

Roof rats
These rats have a thin light body, covered in dark brown or black fur. They also have gray hairs scattered throughout their coat. Their underbelly is lighter in color, and they have a pointed nose, large ears, and large dark eyes. Roof rats are excellent climbers.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous to have nesting on your property or in your home for many reasons. They contaminate food with their saliva and excrement, and spread dangerous bacteria, diseases, and parasites. Rodents cause structural damage by chewing through beams, drywall, insulation, pipes, and wires; some rodents, like the Norway rat, burrow under foundations. Additionally, rodents damage personal belongings like clothing, shoes, and furniture, and their chewing habits can trigger fires and water damage.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

As our habitats have merged overtime, rodents have come to somewhat rely on us for food, water, and shelter. Things like bird feeders, compost bins, fallen trees, garbage cans, gardens, overgrown vegetation, and woodpiles attract rodents to yards. They often move inside to escape harsh weather conditions or while foraging for food. Rodents get in through spaces in the foundation, exterior walls, or the roofline. They may also get in through areas around doors and windows, down chimneys, and through vents.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents are versatile creatures. They nest in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments; whether you live in the city, country, or suburbs, your home or business is at risk for a rodent infestation. Outside, rodents hide and nest in areas of tall grasses and dense vegetation. They also live along riverbanks, under woodpiles, and under decks, sheds, or foundations. Inside, rodents nest in hard to reach areas that are close to food sources. Common nesting spots include above the ceiling, behind wall voids, below the floor, in crawlspaces, and behind large appliances.

How do I get rid of rodents?

The best way to eliminate problems with rodents in your Southeast Florida home or business is to partner with an experienced professional. At Pest-Aside, we offer the residential and commercial services needed to get rid of rodents and other common Florida pests at an affordable price. We are 100% committed to our customers and their pest control needs. To learn more about our pest control services, contact Pest-Aside today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Preventing problems with rodents on your Delray Beach or Southeast Florida property is a difficult task, but listed below are some steps you can take to help avoid an infestation:

  • Cut tree branches and overgrown shrubs and bushes away from the exterior of your house.

  • Keep storage areas clean and free of clutter where rodents can hide.

  • Store food inside the refrigerator or in airtight containers.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of debris.

  • Place tight-fitting caps on chimneys.

  • Remove bird feeders from your property.

  • Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables in garden areas.

  • Place a mesh cover over all vents leading into your home or business.

  • Keep tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.

  • Seal up openings in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your house using caulk or other suitable material.

 

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