What are rodents?
With close to 2,000 species of rodents living worldwide, their appearance and behaviors vary drastically. Still, two things they all have in common are they are part of the order Rodentia, and all have front incisors that grow continuously throughout their life.
House mice, field mice, and roof rats are examples of rodents living throughout the Monmouth County, New Jersey area. Other rodents that people are familiar with include squirrels, chipmunks, voles, groundhogs, and beavers.
Many mice and rats are known as commensal rodents, which means, "to share the table." House mice, field mice, and roof rats all feed on many of the same foods we do and want to live with us because our homes and yards provide them with easy access to safe shelter near foraging sites.
Are rodents dangerous?
Mice and rats are dangerous. Not because they are aggressive; in fact, they want to stay away from people as much as possible. Rodents are dangerous because of the health problems and damage they cause when they move into our New Jersey homes and businesses.
Rodents have front teeth and a specially developed jaw that gives them the ability to gnaw on or through almost anything. A tiny mouse can use its powerful front incisors to chew through wires, pipes, and drywall. The presence of mice and rats in a home and the damage they cause with their teeth can be extensive and even trigger short circuits and fires.
Another major issue with having rodents in your home is that they are vectors of diseases that they spread through their saliva, urine, and feces. Rodents can spread leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever.
As rodents travel, they leave behind unsanitary trails of urine, feces, and shed fur that can trigger allergies in many people. Also, when in our homes, the buildup of their excrement around nesting sites produces an unpleasant musty odor.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents have made their way into your yard or home because they have discovered it will provide them with their basic needs. Things that attract rodents include:
- A temperature-controlled environment that's especially attractive during the dead of winter when rodents are looking for safe, warm shelter.
- Plenty of access to food. They will forage for food in trash cans, gardens, pet food bowls, fruit trees, and compost piles.
- Harborage sites. Rodents are prey animals and, for the most part, and like to stay well hidden from view. A lot of clutter inside or outside your home allows rodents to hide from people and predatory animals.
- Access to water. Things like leaky pipes, dripping air conditioners, and clogged downspouts will provide them with a source of water.
Where will I find rodents?
Where exactly a rodent prefers to live depends somewhat on their species, though in general, rodents will nest in any area that provides them with ample shelter and easy access to food sources.
Field mice live outside in meadows, fields, and large grassy areas. These mice are typically problematic inside homes and businesses located in more rural areas. House mice are a species that has adapted to living almost anywhere and can be a problem for any property owner, including those living in urban areas.
Mice are agile, and when they find their way into a home, they nest in various places, including behind walls and appliances, in the backs of cabinets, and inside upholstered furniture. They often nest in storage areas with little traffic like basements, attics, and utility rooms.
Roof rats are known for their exceptional climbing abilities, their light build allows them to scale trees, and they have adapted to nesting up off the ground. Outside, roof rats nest and live around trees, shrubs, and vines. They are excellent climbers and gain access to roofs via tree branches, utility wires, and clothes wires. Inside structures, they are frequently found nesting in attics, roof eaves, chimneys, and on the tops of cabinets.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Get rid of rodents with the help of the professionals at Alliance Pest Services. We understand that you want fast action and an effective solution when you are experiencing problems with rodents. At Alliance Pest Services, we focus on meeting each customer's unique pest control needs. We understand there is no one-size-fits-all solution to pest problems. Our professionals will take the time to get to know you, your home, and your pest control needs.
At Alliance Pest Services, our primary goal is to provide our customers with industry-leading pest control services, and we are dedicated to constantly developing new pest control and prevention programs. Our rodent control services will protect your family and property from the damage they cause and the dangers they inflict. To learn more about any of our residential or commercial pest control solutions, give us a call today!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
- Inspect the exterior of your home, looking for access points, and seal any spaces you find in the foundation, around door and window frames, and utility lines.
- Place covers on chimneys and vents.
- Fix leaky pipes, and dripping hoses rodents can use as a water source.
- Keep all garbage and recycling in containers with locking lids.
- Maintain a clean kitchen by regularly washing dishes and sweeping and mopping floors.
- Remove harborage sites from your yard like brush piles, fallen trees, woodpiles, and construction debris.
- Inside your home, keep storage areas neat and organized.