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Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents, such as mice and rats, are part of order Rodentia, which includes over 2,000 species; in fact, most non-flying mammals are rodents. All rodents, no matter their size or species, are characterized by two continuously growing front incisors in their upper and lower jaw. These front incisors are sharp and used for both defense and to feed. Their central role in the ecosystem is acting as prey for other larger animals.

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Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are problematic pests that are hazardous to the health of people and destructive to our property. Rodents are carriers of a wide variety of diseases such as hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis. Inside homes, rodents contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria and human pathogens.

In addition to the diseases they spread and food contamination they cause, rodents cause a lot of structural damage when living inside of homes and businesses. Their chewing habits damage wires, insulation, pipes, drywall, and flooring. They also chew on and damage clothing, shoes, and furniture.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are wild animals; as our habitats have merged, they have learned how to take advantage of the food and shelter we offer. Rodents are most attracted to properties that provide them easy access to food like garbage cans, compost, bird seed, gardens, and pet food.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents can become a problem in our yards or inside our homes. Some burrow under the ground, some nest in trees, and others nest under dense landscaping or piles of debris. Rodents prefer to place their nests within 10-30 feet of food sources. Common outdoor nesting spots include gardens, tall grasses, fields, and woodpiles. They also like to nest under shrubs, decks, foundations, and piles of debris.

When rodents decide to move into our homes or businesses to nest, they like to place their nests in quiet, low traffic spots. Areas behind walls, large appliances, under floors, in attics, and the backs of cabinets all make suitable nesting spots for rodents.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Let the professionals at Old School Pest Control get rid of rodents from your New York property. We put our customers first and will take the time to get to the root of your pest problem. Our rodent control solutions work to eliminate existing pests and will protect your New York property from pests in the future.

We are a local company and have a good understanding of the pest pressures home and business owners face each day in and around Saratoga County. If you are ready to learn more about protecting your New York residential or commercial property from rodents, reach out to Old School Pest Control today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, prevent problems with rodents by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Seal up holes and other openings inside and outside your home that rodents can squeeze their bodies through.

  • Place door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Cut tree branches back away from the exterior of your home.

  • Remove easy access to food on your property.

  • Maintain gardens, remove bird feeders, and keep outdoor eating areas clean.

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans, compost bins, and recycling bins.

  • Cut tall grass and overgrown shrubs away from your foundation.

  • Remove leaf piles and other piles of debris from your yard.

  • Keep doors to garages, sheds, and other outbuildings shut whenever possible.

 

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