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Rodent Identification

What are rodents?

There are more than 4,000 types of mammals living worldwide, and over 1,500 of them are rodents. Mice, rats, porcupines, chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, and beavers are all rodents. Despite that they vary wildly in appearance, behaviors, and nesting sites, all of them have continuously growing front incisors.

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Mice and rats are the types of rodents most likely to invade our Florida homes and businesses. Mice and rats are prolific breeders and are challenging to control and eliminate from our properties. The Norway rat, roof rat, and house mouse commonly invade residential and commercial properties.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents carry bacteria and pathogens on their legs and body and in their saliva, urine, and excrement that can contaminate food and surfaces. The four-legged, furry pests can spread rat-bite fever, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and hantavirus.

Another serious problem with rodents living in our homes is that their constant chewing leads to structural damage and can trigger short circuits, fires, and water leaks. Rodents chew on and damage things like drywall, flooring, wires, pipes, furniture, rugs, clothing, books, and boxes.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents spend most of their days living happily outdoors but are driven indoors for several different reasons:

  • Occasional "cold" snaps that occur in Florida
  • During periods of extremely hot weather
  • After the discovery of food sources

Rodents will take advantage and move onto any property that offers them food, water, shelter, and safety.

Where will I find rodents?

You mainly find Norway rats outdoors, nesting in burrows under garbage piles, woodpiles, concrete slabs, and foundations. These rats have heavy stocky bodies and typically stay at ground level.

Roof rats live together in colonies and prefer to nest up off the ground; they are incredibly agile and are excellent climbers. They live in trees (loving fruit trees), voids along rooflines, attics, and above ceilings.

As their name describes, house mice are regularly found living in homes but do nest outside as well. Inside or out, house mice prefer to nest in secluded or cluttered areas that keep them out of view.

Inside of our Florida homes, rodents like mice and rats nest in crawl spaces, wall voids, basements, attics, the backs of cabinets, and upholstered furniture.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Get rid of your rodent problems with the help of the local professionals at Rodent Solutions. Our technicians work closely with our customers to ensure their pest problems are completely solved. We complete thorough inspections and seal any entry and exit points we find. Because of our dedication to the pest control industry, our technicians work closely with our customers to ensure their pest problems are completely solved. Specializing in rodent control, prevention, trapping, and removal services, we help home, and business owners maintain rodent-free properties.

Learn more about our rodent control services by giving us a call and speaking with one of our helpful professionals.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Rodents and other pests are problematic in Florida throughout much of the year. The following prevention tips will help you to guard your home against rodents:

  • Empty trash cans regularly.
  • Store food in glass or metal containers that rodents are unable to chew through.
  • Vacuum floors weekly.
  • Pick up uneaten pet food each evening. Store pet food in metal containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Keep counters and tables wiped down of crumbs and sweet spills.
  • Seal gaps, cracks, and holes that lead into your home.
  • Keep closets, basements, attics, and other storage areas free of clutter where mice can hide.

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