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Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents make up the largest group of mammals and are classified by their continuously-growing front incisors in their upper and lower jaws. Rodents are part of the order Rodentia, and they make up about 40% of all mammals. In fact, most non-flying mammals are rodents! Rodents are adaptable and have the potential to successfully live in almost any indoor or outdoor environment. They are native on all continents, except Antarctica. Common examples of rodents include mice, rats, chipmunks, and squirrels.

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Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are considered dangerous due to the diseases they are capable of spreading and the damage they can cause to homes, buildings, and personal property. Rodents constantly chew in order to prevent their front incisors from overgrowing. When living inside homes or other buildings, rodents commonly chew through electrical wires, lumber, insulation, drywall, duct work, flooring, clothing, boxes, furniture, pictures, and books. Along with causing structural damage and destroying personal property, their chewing habits can trigger fires and cause water damage. Rodents have the potential to spread many diseases and bacteria through their excrement and saliva, including Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), salmonellosis, dysentery, Hantavirus, and leptospirosis. The trails of urine and feces that they leave behind as they travel can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are initially attracted to properties that offer them easy access to food, water, and places to build their nests. Open containers of garbage, compost piles, gardens, bird feeders, fruit trees, wood piles, dense vegetation, and pet food can all attract mice and rodents to your property. Once on your property, it is only a matter of time until they find their way into your home while foraging for food. Mice can squeeze their bodies through spaces as small as the diameter of a pencil. Rodents invade homes any time of the year, but may be more problematic during the late fall and winter months when searching for a safe and warm place to overwinter.

Where will I find rodents?

Outside: When living outside, rodents nest and hide out in a variety of spots including:

  • In trees and wood piles

  • In tree stumps

  • Under decks and foundations

  • In dense vegetation

  • Along the edges of rivers

  • In abandoned bird nests

  • In areas of debris

Inside: Inside homes, rodents prefer to nest in warm, dark, secluded areas that are near food sources. Common indoor nesting spots include:

  • Behind walls

  • In attics and basements

  • Inside crawl spaces

  • Behind appliances

  • Inside storage boxes

  • In the backs of cabinets

  • Underneath sinks

How do I get rid of rodents?

The easiest way to control and prevent rodent infestations is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dedicated technicians provide the year-round services needed to rid your home and property of rodents.
 
Mid America Pest Control is committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to remove rodents and other household-invading pests, and prevent their return. To learn more about eliminating rodents from your Pryor, Oklahoma home or business, reach out to Mid America Pest Control and schedule your free 58-Point Pest Analysis.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

The best way to prevent problems with rodents and other household-invading pests is to seek professional pest control from Mid America Pest Control. In addition to our professional services, the following tips can help to prevent problems with rodents:

  • Remove wood piles, piles of leaves, garbage, or debris from your property, as rodents like to hide there. 

  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids on them.

  • Locate gardens, compost piles, and wood piles away from the exterior of your home.

  • Eliminate as many entry points as possible by sealing cracks in your home's foundation and exterior walls. Fill in spaces around utility entrances that enter your home from the outside, and openings around windows and doors.

  • Repair any loose or missing roof shingles.

  • Make sure chimneys have tight-fitting caps.

  • Repair holes along the roofline and at roof intersections.

  • Remove water sources from both inside and outside your home by repairing leaky pipes, fixtures, faucets, and clogged gutters.

 

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