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Rodents

What are Rodents?

Rodents, warm-blooded mammals, are found all over the globe. Rodents have large front teeth that can be used to gnaw and check teeth that are designed for chewing. They can chew on many items and cause extensive damage to homes and surroundings.

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Mice

Mice are generally shorter that rats, and have shorter tails and floppy ears. Mice are usually 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long, including their tail.

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Rats

Rats can grow up to 6-8 inches in length and have a tail that extends 6-8 inches. Other features include a pointed nose and large ears. They also have dark eyes and a scaly, hairless tail.

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Gopher

Gophers have large clawed paws that are used for digging. They have small ears and eyes, and a long, flat head. They are brownish-blackish in color. Their sizes range from 4-18 inches.

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Vole

Voles resemble field mice, with their short tails and compact, heavy bodies. They also have small ears that are partially hidden. Voles measure 5-8 inches in length and have prominent orange teeth that can be used to gnaw on stems and roots.

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Understanding Rodent Problems

Knowing more about rodent behavior will help you predict their behavior and make it easier to control them. These are just a few facts that will help you get started.


Lifespan

Rats and mice typically live for about 6 to 12 months in their natural habitat. Rats and mice can live up to a year in a home or other building that provides shelter.


Reproductive Potential

A large number of offspring can be produced by rodents. A female house mouse that is sexually mature will have 6-10 litters with 5-6 young over her lifetime. She can give birth to her first litter at 2 months.


Food sources

Rats and mice can eat fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and other foods that are easily available.

What can I do about rodent infestations?

To keep your home rodent-free, you should start implementing prevention methods as soon as possible. Small populations of rodents can quickly multiply and become full-blown infestations within a short time.

Food storage

Rodents should be kept away from food sources. Infestations are common in small crumbs, garbage, and dry goods like grains and cereals. To prevent contamination, these should be stored in sealed glass or metal containers. Also, fruits and vegetables must be properly stored.

Cardboard

Rodents love cardboard objects and will eat them up to make nests.

Seal openings

Rodents are able to squeeze through small spaces due to their body structure. To prevent rodents from entering and returning to these spaces, they should be sealed.

For assistance, contact a pest control professional.

How can I rid myself of rodents

The Ardent Pest Control specialists are qualified to treat current infestations and prevent future ones. Your pest problem will be dealt with using a specialized approach to rodent control. We can help protect your home by scheduling a home inspection.

DIY problems - Homeowners might try homemade solutions to rodent problems. You can try mothballs, essential oils, and other repellents. These homemade remedies are not effective in addressing rodent infestations.

Anyone experiencing rodent infestations should contact a pest control professional immediately to schedule a consultation.

How Ardent Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.

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Inspection

One of our expert technicians will inspect every inch of your home and business for pest activity. Then they will create a custom plan based on their findings.

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Initial Service

Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

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Follow Ups

After the initial service, we will conduct regular maintenance to ensure that your pest problems remain solved. We will also conduct free inspections for problem pests, such as termites.

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Ardent Guarantee

When it comes to pest control, we put our money where our mouth is. If we treat your home, and you're still seeing pests, we'll come back and retreat for free. We'll always have your back.

Rodents Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents can be difficult to control and may also carry diseases. They can also contaminate food with fur, waste and saliva. Mice can infect up to 10 times as much food as they eat.

Fleas can also be attracted to the pests. They can spread diseases such as lymphocytic meningitis virus and plague. This illness is most common in those with weak immune systems. It can cause headaches, fever, meningitis, and other symptoms. It can also lead to complications in pregnancy.

Wild rodents are not recommended to be handled. They have large teeth and can transmit a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and diseases via their saliva, urine, and feces.

It is best to call a pest management professional if you find a rodent in your home. An infestation could be detected by the presence of just one rodent in a house.

All pets and children should be kept away from the rodent. The rodent will attack if it is cornered.

Do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are one of the most adaptable animals on the planet, and they can be very difficult to eradicate. Rodents can inflict damage on buildings and local crops, as well as spread of dangerous diseases.

Both rats and mice can be very destructive to agricultural communities. Many species feed on grains and seeds. Surfaces could be contaminated by the feces or urine of certain rodents.

Infestations can be prevented by coordinating efforts of neighbors. In order to prevent infestations in apartment buildings or neighborhoods, it is important to coordinate cleaning and landscape modification efforts. Individually, rodent-proofing homes involves sealing all entry points.

Professional, tailored solutions are sometimes required to protect your garden, home and health from any existing rodent infestations.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents can thrive in any habitat that has food and water. They are small and can be difficult for humans to control. Rats can enter a home through holes as small as a quarter while mice can go in through gaps the same size.

How do I get rid of rodents?

The best way to control mice is with traps. These traps can be either live traps or snap traps. Use different baits such as chocolate, peanut butter or peanut butter to trap mice. Place them where they are active, but away from children and pets. To prevent mice from getting in, seal any cracks or holes outside and place weather strips on doors. To enter, mice only require a quarter inch hole. Ardent Pest Control professionals have the ability to locate these entry points and create a plan to seal them.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Rats, mice, and other rodents can invade your home in search of food, shelter, and water. Rodents can be discouraged by not leaving food out or dirty dishes, properly storing food, and regularly emptying the garbage cans. You may not be aware of exterior entry points. Rodent exterminators and Ardent Pest Control mice are trained to locate these entry points and seal them properly to keep rodents out of your home.

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