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Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents

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What are rodents?

Rodents are smaller mammals known for their constantly growing front teeth, which they file down by gnawing on any object they come across. Several types of rodents can present a threat to human structures, with the most common species being Norway rats, black rats, and house mice. Voles, moles, and squirrels are also rodents that may cause problems, but they typically remain outside human structures; rats and mice frequently invade walls, attics, insulation, basements, and food storage areas inside homes or businesses.

Most rodents are brownish-gray to black, and rats and mice have scaly tails. All rodents tend to be prolific, reproduce quickly, and are highly adaptable, making infestations of these pests difficult to control.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are one of the most dangerous pest invaders you can pick up around your property due to their destructive nature and tendency to spread diseases. Rodents like rats and mice are carriers of serious illnesses such as tularemia, hantavirus, salmonella, and leptospirosis. In addition, they will transport fleas, ticks, and mites to your property which may start their own infestations. The longer rodents are allowed to run wild on your property, the higher the chance they'll contaminate your food storage areas and cause an illness.

Additionally, the droppings that rodents leave behind spread illnesses and can trigger breathing issues, and mouse droppings will dry up and become airborne, further making your property a health hazard. 

Rodents also chew and constantly gnaw on things, destroying stored items around your home and wrecking wood, brick, cinder block, pipes, and electrical wires. Proper pest control is necessary to stop these problems from occurring.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are typically attracted to properties with plenty of food sources, excess moisture, and shelter. Evaluating your property for these factors and reducing access to them helps to prevent rodent infestations.

Where will I find rodents?

Outside, rodents will gather near trash cans, dumpsters, and piles of debris, as these provide safe hiding spots near food. Once they invade interior areas, rodents most commonly hide in wall voids, attic spaces, food storage areas, and basements.

How do I get rid of rodents?

You can get rid of rodents by contacting D&K Pest Control the moment you notice these pests invading your property. Our team will work with you to safely and effectively eliminate rodents so you can eradicate them without exposing yourself to their dangers. Call us now to get started.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Prevent rodent problems in the future by following our expert tips below:

  • Seal potential rodent entry points around your property, like cracks in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows, and holes in roof tiles.
  • Utilize mesh screens over vented areas near attics and crawl spaces and ensure weatherstripping and door sweeps are put in place to keep rodents out.
  • Store all leftover food properly and dispose of waste in tightly sealed bags to stop rodents from being attracted to the odor.
  • Use trash cans with tight-fitting lids to prevent rodent scavenging in waste disposal areas.
  • Clear away long grass, piles of organic debris, and woodpiles to remove easy rodent hiding spots.

For more information on Aurora pest control and prevention or assistance removing an infestation of rodents on your property, contact D&K Pest Control.

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