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What are rodents?

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To prevent their teeth from overgrowing and stopping them from eating, rodents repetitively gnaw on anything they can get their teeth on. Rodents are pests that take advantage of any food, water, and shelter sources they encounter. Many species of rodents have come to rely on people, to some degree, for their survival, and they have become a major problem inside homes & businesses. Two of the most common species of rodents causing problems for people are the mice and rats. The bodies of mice and rats are covered in fur, they have rounded ears, dark eyes, and long tails that are covered in a light layer of fur.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are a danger to both people and property. They can cause structural damage to homes and other buildings by chewing through electrical wires, lumber, insulation, drywall, duct work, and flooring. They can destroy furniture, clothing, books, and other personal items by chewing on them or by contaminating them with their excrement. Rodents carry and spread many serious diseases including Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), salmonellosis, dysentery, Hantavirus, and leptospirosis. Their shed fur, saliva, and excrement can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. In addition, they regularly contaminate food sources with their urine, excrement and saliva.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

You have a rodent problem on your property or inside your home because it is providing them with easy access to food, water, and shelter. Vegetable & fruit gardens, compost piles, pet food, open containers of garbage, outdoor eating areas, bird seed, bird baths, clogged gutters, wild animal feeders, wood piles, dense vegetation, and piles of debris all attract rodents to properties. Rodents invades homes and other buildings throughout the entire year, but they tend to become more problematic and are more of a concern in the late fall & winter months. It is during those months of the year that they are seeking shelter where they can overwinter.

Where will I find rodents?

Inside, rodents nest in secluded, out-of-the-way places like behind walls, in basements & crawl spaces, in attics, behind large appliances, or underneath sinks. Rodents typically find their way inside through spaces in exterior walls and the foundation, through chimneys, and through holes found along the roofline or at roof intersections. Outside, rodents nest in a variety of places, such as inside tree stumps, under piles of wood, in abandoned nests of other small animals, in between rocks, and in dense vegetation. They can also be found nesting under piles of debris, under decks & foundations, inside sheds, or along the edges of rivers or ponds.

How do I get rid of rodents?

The best way to deal with a rodent problem is to partner with a pest control professional. At HTP Termite & Pest Control, Inc. we offer effective rodent control services for homes and businesses. Our team of experienced professionals utilize modern treatments. We offer eco-friendly and EPA-registered products to accurately identify the rodent species you're dealing with and solve your property’s rodent problem for good. Our guaranteed residential pest control services can help protect your West Tennessee home from rodent invasions and the problems they cause. To learn more about the rodent control services we offer, contact HTP Termite & Pest Control today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Preventing problems with rodents can be a difficult task, but there are several things you can do in and around your home to discourage them:

  • Outdoor trash containers should have tight-fitting or locking lids on them.
  • Trim trees, branches, bushes, and shrubs away from the outside of your home or business.
  • Maintain gardens and outdoor eating areas. 
  • Make sure that any damage to your home’s roof or roofline is repaired.
  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and exterior walls.
  • Repair leaky outdoor pipes, fixtures, or clogged gutters.
  • Store food inside your refrigerator or in air-tight containers.
  • Inside, clean up crumbs and spills in kitchen and pantry areas.
  • Wash dirty dishes and remove trash from your home on a daily basis.