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