What are rodents?

Rodents that live near people are often referred to as commensal rodents. Examples of rodents that like to live on our properties with us are mice and rats; they have learned that there will be plenty of food and shelter for them to take advantage of when people are around.

Rodents are a type of mammal and are primarily nocturnal, resting during the day at their nesting sites and moving around during the evening hours foraging for food. All rodents have continuously growing front incisors. Their sharp front teeth are responsible for much of the damage these pests cause in and around our homes!

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Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents may want to live with or near us, but the feeling isn’t something we share. Rodents are dangerous, destructive pests and something we should never share our homes or businesses with. On their bodies and feet, and in their saliva, urine, and feces, rodents carry and spread bacteria and disease-causing pathogens. They will contaminate food, food prep areas, and other surfaces that can make people ill when they are in our homes.

Their sharp teeth cause structural damage, and their ability to chew through wires means their presence can be the root cause of electrical shorts or fires. They are also vectors for numerous parasites, including fleas and ticks.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents tend to live happily outside, but when it becomes too cool or hot or during periods of heavy rain or lack of food, they move indoors, often choosing our homes as they provide them with a temperature-controlled environment, safe shelter, and plenty of food.

Once inside, if they discover a quiet, safe place to nest and your home provides them with food and shelter, they will typically stay until forced to leave. Rodents are prolific breeders, so just one or two rodents moving into your home can quickly become a large, difficult to eliminate infestation.

Where are rodents commonly found?

As prey animals, rodents do their best to stay out of high traffic areas; they want to live in cluttered places that keep them hidden from people and predators.

In our yards, rodents will nest in overgrown grass, under fallen trees, in garden areas, or under things like steps, decks, and sheds. Inside our homes, clutter found in attics and basements, wall voids, and spaces behind appliances are common nesting spots for these rodents.

Some signs that rodents are living in your house or yard include:

  • Nibbled on fruits and vegetables in the garden.
  • Oily dirt marks on walls or wood surfaces. Rats have poor eyesight, and to help find their way, they leave behind these oil marks.
  • Dark, rice-like droppings on the floor, behind appliances, and in cabinets or drawers.
  • Running or scratching sounds behind walls or above your ceilings.
  • Gnaw marks on flooring, boxes, furniture, or wood trim.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Rodents are common pests because they are so insistent that they belong in our California homes or businesses. The best way to protect your family and home from rodents is to partner with a professional and implement regular pest control services. At HomeShield Pest Control, we are trusted experts in the pest control industry and will work closely with you to exterminate rodents and stop them from making your property into their home in the future.

Getting rid of pests using eco-friendly products that are effective while also protecting the safety of our customers and their families is our top priority. If rodents have taken over your Sacramento Valley or Southern California property or you would like to prevent problems with these pests in the future, call HomeShield Pest Control today and learn more about our professional rodent control and rodent exclusion services!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Below are some of our most helpful rodent-proofing tips to protect your California yard and home from rodents.

  • Seal cracks in the foundation.
  • Screen vents leading into your home.
  • Tightly seal roof intersections.
  • Place screens on chimneys and drains.
  • Use door sweeps to seal spaces under exterior doors.
  • Keep garage and exterior doors closed as much as possible.
  • Use a strong material to seal spaces around wires, cables, and other utilities.
  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors and make sure screens are secure.

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