What does it take to wake you up at night? For some people, the scampering of rodent feet above their heads is enough to ruin their slumber. Others might need these pests to crawl over them directly before they wake.
Thankfully, wild rodents like to avoid human interaction and will actively try to stay away from you and your family. This does not mean, however, that these pests are not a major problem when they come indoors.
Have you ever taken the time to think about or research common rodents in Chandler and the problems they cause on local properties? Take that time today. This article covers your rodent rundown and everything you should know to keep these dangerous creatures off your Chandler property.
Contact our team at Green Home Pest Control if you want to hear about our advanced rodent control offerings. Our team of dedicated professionals understands these invasive creatures, including where they hide, the problems they cause, and how to get them out fast.
We can also offer you other options for pest control in Chandler if you are dealing with another type of pest threat. All you need to do is give us a call. Otherwise, continue reading to learn more about Chandler's local rodents and the problems they cause.
Common Rodent Species: Identifying Different Types Of Rodents
Before we can talk about rodent control or why these pests are such a big problem here in Chandler, you should know exactly the types of rodents causing issues here. Let's start with the three common kinds of rodents that invade homes and businesses—rats, mice, and squirrels.
Of these three common invaders, squirrels are the least common for two big reasons. First, squirrels need things like nuts and berries to survive. Second, these pests are less capable of squeezing through wall voids and other tight spaces to navigate their way through homes and businesses. Rats and mice, on the other hand, can eat just about anything and have no trouble traveling through man-made structures.
Here in Chandler, one mouse species likes to invade homes and businesses. We are talking about the house mouse. This pest is small and round, has large ears, and is dusty gray with a cream-colored belly. This small rodent has the ability to squeeze through gaps, holes, and cracks the width of a nickel, making them especially adept at getting into older homes and businesses or buildings with obvious damage around their exterior.
Rats are different from mice. The two most common species in Chandler are roof rats and Norway rats. Both of these furry rodents are bigger than mice, with Norway rats being the largest in length and girth. You can identify these pests by their plump hind sections, brown fur with intermixed black hairs, and long, hairless tails.
Norway rats like to invade homes and businesses by using their sharp teeth to gnaw through walls or to widen existing holes. We should mention that all rodents can chew through hard materials; however, rats can chew through more durable items than mice. Roof rats are more likely to use their agility to climb the exterior of structures and get in through damage higher up.
Identifying an active rodent infestation can be challenging. These pests will do their best to avoid detection by staying out of sight and will only start to come out into the open when their numbers grow too large to support their empty stomachs. With this in mind, the best way to identify rodents is by looking for the signs they leave behind. Common signs of rodents include droppings, grease marks, gnaw marks, holes, torn-up fabrics, and odd noises late at night.
If you want help to confirm an invasion of these invasive pests inside your home or business, our Green Home Pest Control team is ready to help. We offer fast and effective rodent identification services and can easily aid you in understanding your current risk. Speaking of risk, here are some reasons you might want to avoid a rodent problem on your property.
Rodent Dangers: Health Risks And Property Damage
We could talk all day about all of the problems that rodents cause. Instead of doing this, we will do our best to break down all of the issues these pests bring into homes and businesses in only a few hundred words.
Let's start with the three main categories of problems wild rodents cause; this includes their destructive lifestyle, annoying habits, and dangerous behaviors. Because everything that rodents do is annoying, we will skip this problem. Instead, let's focus on how these pests might get you sick or damage your property.
Rodents, specifically rats and mice, are a serious threat to your health. They become a threat when they consume or rub their bodies against things like fecal droppings, rotting meat, and decaying organic matter.
These items contain harmful sickness-causing organisms like bacteria, pathogens, and parasites, which these rodents easily spread over countertops and onto left-out food. All you have to do is consume a contaminated item or touch a contaminated surface to run the risk of getting sick.
On top of spreading diseases directly, rodents also indirectly spread disease by carrying dangerous pests like fleas and ticks into homes and businesses. These small parasitic bugs carry their own list of sicknesses and spread diseases through their bites. Fleas and ticks are also a direct threat to pets that lack the proper protection. Talk with your veterinarian to learn what flea and tick control options can help best keep your furry friends safe.
One thing that all rodents have is sharp teeth and the desire to gnaw on things. Beavers go as far as to chew down entire trees. Rats and mice are not so adept. They are, however, capable of chewing holes through walls, gnawing on the legs of furniture, tearing up insulation, ripping fabrics, shredding paper, severing electrical wires, and nibbling into water pipes. All of this, as you might imagine, can lead to some fairly serious damage indoors.
The best way to avoid this damage, and the other problems that rodents cause, involves investing in some form of rodent control. Let's break down some common DIY and professional rodent control options you have to combat these pests effectively.
Rodent Prevention Tips: How to Keep Your Property Rodent-Free
The most important thing to us is that you find a way to keep rodents from invading your Chandler property. To make sure you have as many tools at your disposal as possible, let's start with some DIY prevention tips that can help deter these terrible furry pests.
- Thoroughly inspect your home or business facility's exterior foundation for gaps, holes, and other damaged areas that rodents might use to get indoors. Seal up as many of these potential entry points as possible.
- Address damage to exterior windows and doors and seal them properly.
- Clean inside and around your home or business; reduce clutter, pick up trash, and organize things as much as possible.
- Fix leaky pipes, clean out clogged gutters, and address other moisture problems on your property.
- Make sure your trash bins stay clean and that they have tight-fitting lids.
- Store all of your pet food, pantry items, and leftovers inside airtight plastic, metal, or glass containers.
- Do not leave snacks out on countertops without a heavy-duty glass or metal lid to cover them up.
If you implement all of these prevention tips perfectly, you will likely have good luck safeguarding your home against potential rodent infestation.
If you are worried you can't keep up with these chores or are looking for an easier way to combat these pests, turn to our team at Green Home Pest Control. We are a dedicated pest control service provider that offers detailed options to handle rodents and all sorts of other common local pests. All you need to do is let us know you need help.
Professional Rodent Control: The Safe Way To Remove An Infestation
Green Home Pest Control has over 30 years of experience dealing with pests like rodents in Arizona. With many amazing options to combat these pests, you will have no problem finding a solution to get rats, mice, or any other furry creatures out of your home or business.
It all starts with a thorough inspection. One of our team members will pay you a visit and identify the types of rodents you are dealing with and the approximate severity of your infestation. They will then offer an educated solution to meet your needs directly. Start a conversation with one of our friendly service representatives today.
Reach out to our dedicated team at Green Home Pest Control to discover more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Chandler or if you have any questions about these invasive pests. We will answer your questions and schedule an appointment for your Chandler home or business.