A Guide To Rodent Control & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents are mammals and are part of the order Rodentia. Rodents are adaptable and have the potential to successfully live in almost any indoor or outdoor environment. Rodents are all characterized by a single pair of front incisors found in the upper and lower jaw that continuously grow throughout their lifetime.

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To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, rodents are constantly gnawing on anything they can get their teeth on, making them destructive pests. Examples of rodents that commonly invade both homes and businesses are mice and rats.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are a danger to both people and property. They can create structural damage and cause fires and water damage in homes and other buildings by chewing through electrical wires, plumbing pipes, flooring, insulation, and drywall.
 
Additionally, rodents carry and spread many serious diseases, including Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), salmonellosis, dysentery, Hantavirus, and leptospirosis that can easily be spread to people and make them ill. Also, their shed fur, saliva, and excrement can contaminate food stored in your home and trigger allergic reactions, and even asthma attacks.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Mice and rats can find their way into and become a problem inside homes any time of the year. However, they can become a particular problem in the late fall when they are searching out a place to overwinter. Rodents are attracted to properties that offer easy access to food, water, and shelter. They prefer gardens, compost piles, pet food, garbage cans, outdoor eating areas, bird feeders, clogged gutters, wood piles, dense vegetation, and piles of debris.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents are found nesting in a variety of both indoor and outdoor environments. Outside, rodents nest in secluded areas, including in tree stumps, piles of wood or debris, in the abandoned nests of other small animals, between rocks, underneath foundations, or inside dense vegetation.
 
Indoors, rodents also choose secluded areas located near food sources to create their nests in. Wall voids, crawlspaces, attics, the areas behind large appliances, underneath sinks, or in the backs of cabinets all make suitable rodent nesting spots.
 
Mice and rats make their nests from items they scavenge. Rodent nests found inside often contain scraps of paper and clothing, pillows, furniture stuffing, insulation, pens, paper clips, tissues, carpet fibers, leaves, and twigs.

How do I get rid of rodents?

To eliminate rodents from your residential or commercial property, professional pest control is highly recommended. When you partner with Four Seasons | HomeTown, our experienced and friendly professionals will provide the tailored, comprehensive services needed to eliminate your property’s initial infestation. We then have the ability to provide ongoing preventative treatments to stop rodents and other household pests from returning.
 
To learn more about ridding your Outer Banks, NC or Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, or Norfolk, VA area property of rodents, give Four Seasons | HomeTown a call!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

To help you stop rodents from taking over your North Carolina or Virginia home or commercial property we offer the following prevention tips:

  • Repair any gaps in the exterior walls, roofline, and foundation of your home.

  • Outdoor trash cans and compost bins need tight-fitting or locking lids.

  • Remove access to water sources.

  • Regularly wash dirty dishes.

  • Keep outdoor eating and grill areas cleaned up.

  • Inside, keep storage areas cleaned up and organized.

  • Store food inside the refrigerator or in air-tight containers.

  • Trim tree branches, bushes, and other landscaping away from the outside of your home.

  • Put into place a professional pest control service from Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control.

 

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