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Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents are small mammals classified by their teeth that never stop growing. Because of their teeth, rodents in your home constantly need to chew to prevent them from overgrowing.

Two of the rodent species we see most often in the area are Norway rats and roof rats.

Norway rats are identifiable by their five to seven-inch bodies, six to eight-inch long tails, and brown fur with black scattered hairs. They have long, thin bodies and are usually an issue in a structure's basement or first floor.

Roof rats are identifiable by their six to eight-inch bodies, a tail of equal length, and brown and black hair. They may also be gray and white with a black underbelly. Roof rats are known for their climbing skill and can be an issue in the attic of a home.

Are rodents dangerous?

In short, rodents are dangerous pests. They cause numerous issues, including spreading fleas, mites, and ticks, three parasites that are pests in their own right.

Another issue rodents cause is the spread of diseases. Some diseases that rodents can spread include hantavirus, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, and tularemia.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

When rodents infest, they do so because there is something they want, usually food, water, or shelter. Residential properties can provide rodents with these resources, often without people realizing it before it's too late.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents aren't picky about what they eat or where they live either. As long as a place provides protection from predators, rodents will make themselves at home. Rodents will use materials they find in your home to build their nests. People often find shredded fabrics, papers, and insulation, indicating a rodent problem.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Get rid of gross and dangerous rodents by working with our team at Five-O Pest Control. Our Rat Trap Rodent Attack service is the perfect resource when you need to return your home to a rodent-free environment and keep it that way.

Call us today at Five-O Pest Control to get started with our guaranteed rodent control service.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Part of residential and commercial rodent control is looking around your property to identify the different factors that could be inviting these pests inside. As mentioned above, these factors are food, water, and shelter, and you can do the following to address them:

  • Practice proper food storage techniques by using airtight containers.
  • Keep your kitchen and other areas of your home clean of food debris like crumbs.
  • Promptly remove garbage and use a bin that has a fitting lid.
  • Repair any leaking pipes and faucets.
  • Properly maintain your yard to keep it free of organic debris and overgrowth.
  • Trim branches that are touching the roof and exterior walls of your home.
  • Cover vents, drains, and chimneys, and make sure all doors and windows have screens.
  • Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home, keeping in mind no hole is too small for a rodent to squeeze through.

Ask our experts at Five-O Pest Control for more prevention tips when contacting us.

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