What Are Rodents?
Rodents are mammals. They are prey animals, which means they play an important part in the ecosystem and provide a food source for many other animals. But rodents living near our homes are not beneficial; they develop large, difficult-to-manage populations and cause a lot of destruction and damage.
Keeping rodents at bay is difficult because they have learned that our properties provide them with the food and shelter that make their lives easier.
Common Types of Rodents
Many different types of rodents invade our Northwest Arkansas properties, such as:
While they vary significantly in size and appearance, all rodents have continuously growing front incisors. These teeth grow throughout their life and, through constant chewing, are sharpened into a chisel-like shape.
Types of Rats in Arkansas
Some of the most common types of rats are:
- Roof rats
- Norway rats
- Field mice
- House mice
Do you have a rodent or rat problem? Call Rumble Pest Solutions at (479) 349-2560 for help!
Are Rodents Dangerous?
Having rodents living near or inside of your home is never something that should be encouraged or allowed. Rodents can spread diseases that make people quite ill. As rodents move throughout your home, within kitchen cabinets, along countertops, and behind walls voids, they spread diseases and parasites (fleas and ticks) throughout it.
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a serious respiratory disease transmitted by infected rodents through their urine, droppings, or saliva. Other pathogens and health risks spread by rodents include leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, and salmonellosis.
Rodents are also destructive. Their sharp front teeth mean they have no trouble chewing their way through wires, pipes, cables, drywall, and flooring. They also use their teeth to get into food packaging, feeding on and contaminating your family’s food sources.
Where Will I Find Rodents?
Rodents naturally live outside in dense vegetation, tree hollows, tall grass, garden areas, woodpiles, and yard clutter. Most of our Northwestern Arkansas yards provide rodents with places to nest and hide, putting them close to our homes. When rodents move into our homes, they won’t nest where we can easily see them; they will move to secluded, quiet areas. Roof eaves, wall voids, attics, basements, closets, cabinets, and spaces behind appliances are areas where rodents often nest inside our homes.
If you begin seeing droppings, gnaw marks, smell a musty odor, or hear scurrying sounds behind walls, it is best to contact a professional so the rodent intruders can be identified and removed.
Why Do I Have a Rodent Problem?
Rodents can become a problem inside your home any time of the year but often choose to move inside during the winter months when the weather is colder, and food sources are scarce.
Our structures provide mice and rats with a safe, temperature-controlled place to create a nest. Nesting in our homes also provides rodents with easy access to food in our kitchen trash cans, pantries, counters, and floors.
How Do I Get Rid of Rodents?
If you suspect rodents are in your house or have seen rodents in your home, it is important to contact a professional. Trust Rumble Pest Solutions of Arkansas and our modern and effective pest control solutions to rid your property of rodents and other pests. Our quarterly pest control services work to identify and eliminate current pest problems and prevent future pests from becoming an issue inside your home.
At Rumble Pest Solutions of Arkansas, our mission is to protect your family, your home, and the environment. We want to give you peace of mind in knowing your most important assets are being protected!
The following tips will help prevent rodents from taking over your property:
- Keep lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins to reduce any food odors that will attract rodents to your property. Covers will also keep rodents from foraging for food in those same containers.
- Rodents can move into homes through the smallest of spaces. Inspect the outside of your home and seal any openings you discover to keep rodents out.
- Keep woodpiles and trash cans stored up off the ground and away from the outside of your home.
- Cut shrubs and bushes away from your home’s exterior to prevent rodents from hiding and nesting near your home.
- Cut tree branches away from your roof.
- Inside your home, make sure food isn’t left out in the open on counters or tables, and regularly wash dirty dishes.
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