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Rodents can be incredibly destructive to your home, here’s how to spot if you are encountering these pests.
Rodents make up the largest group of mammals (approximately 40%) and are classified by their continuously-growing front incisors in their upper and lower jaws. 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.
Rodents are considered dangerous due to the diseases they could spread as well as the damage they cause to homes, buildings and personal property. They will chew on things to prevent their front incisors from overgrowth. When living inside homes or other buildings, rodents will commonly chew through electrical wires, lumber, insulation, drywall, duct work, flooring, clothing, boxes, furniture, photographs, books… you name it. Along with causing structural damage, their active chewing 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 they leave behind as they travel can also trigger asthma attacks or other allergic reactions.
Rodents are attracted to locations that provide them easy access to food, water and nesting areas. 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 especially heading towards the colder winter months. Mice can squeeze their bodies through spaces as small as the diameter of a pencil.
Outdoors: When they are outside, rodents will nest and hide out in a variety of spots including:
Indoors: Once they make it inside your home, they prefer warm, dark, secluded areas that are near food sources. Common indoor nesting spots include:
If you have rodents in or around your home, the best method for controlling existing populations and prevention is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control, our dependable technicians provide year-round services to rid your home and property of rodents. We are committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to remove rodents and other household-invading pests while preventing their return. To learn more about removing rodents from your home or business throughout Greater Tulsa, reach out today to schedule your free 58-Point pest inspection.
Hiring a professional rodent control team will be the best method of defense, but there are a few steps you can take to keep them away from your home:
If you have a pest problem, allow our team to solve it!