What are rodents?
Rodents are pests that most homeowners are very familiar with and at one time or another will likely have in their yard or home.
Rats and mice especially have developed a close relationship with people, learning that our properties provide a safe environment and access to multiple places to forage for food and water. In the Los Angeles area and across much of the country, there are three species of rodents most likely to make themselves at home in our structures: house mice, Norway rats, and roof rats.
While all species of rodents have different appearances, habits, and food preferences, all rodents have constantly growing front incisors. Throughout a rodent’s entire life, their front incisors continuously grow. They have to continually gnaw on objects to stop their teeth from overgrowing and preventing them from being able to eat.
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents are dangerous and put both people and our homes at risk. After using their front incisors to gnaw through wires, they can trigger electrical fires or shorts. Their gnawing habits will also cause damage to walls, furniture, flooring, boxes, clothing, and other structural elements or personal items within our homes.
The spread of diseases, bacteria, and parasites is another huge concern and why rodents are so unwelcome living near people. Hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever are examples of illnesses spread by rodents that can make people ill.
When rodents are in our homes moving across its surfaces and foraging for food, they will contaminate both with their shed fur, urine, and excrement. Their shed fur and excrement can also trigger allergies and asthma attacks.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents often become a problem for homeowners after seeking shelter inside our homes, garages, and other outbuildings. They also move to our yards or into our homes after being attracted by food odors.
Preventing rodent problems is difficult because yards and homes provide them with the food, water, and shelter they want. Some of the most common things that attract rodents to our properties are listed below.
- Open containers of trash or compost
- Gardens and fruit trees
- Pet food and bird feeders
- Leaky outdoor fixtures or areas that allow standing water to pool
- Overgrown landscaping plants, woodpiles, or rock piles
Where will I find rodents?
Rodents live in different areas depending on their species. Roof rats and house mice are excellent climbers and live or nest at both ground level and up off the ground. Roof rats were named because their most common entry point is along the roofline of buildings, and they prefer to live in the upper parts of buildings.
Norway rats are the opposite; they are poor climbers and have dense, heavy bodies. These rodents prefer to nest and enter structures at ground level.
Inside homes and other structures, rodents typically invade areas that are dark and quiet near food sources. Places in your home that are most susceptible to being invaded by rodents include:
- Wall voids and crawl spaces
- The backs large appliances
- Above or behind cabinets
- Within storage boxes or clutter that builds up in storage areas
How do I get rid of rodents?
Protecting your home against rodents is best done by partnering with local professionals who provide regular home pest control and commercial pest control services. At A Step Above Pest Control, we offer thorough inspections, accurate identification, and various rodent treatment options to solve your property’s unique rodent problem.
We know how unwanted rodents are, and we will work closely with you to ensure they are eliminated from your property and won’t return. To learn more about guarding your property against dangerous and destructive rodents, call the rodent control experts at A Step Above Pest Control today!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Keep rodents out of your Los Angeles area home with the following prevention tips.
- Seal holes around your house to make it more difficult for rodents to move in.
- Avoid providing rodents with easy access to water by repairing leaky hoses and dripping pipes and air conditioners.
- Limit their easy access to food by always keeping lids on trash cans and placing all trash bags into hard-sided trash cans.
- Before bringing boxes or other items into your home that were stored outside, always inspect them for rodents.
- Place steel wool in gaps around wires and pipes leading into your home.
- Reduce the clutter in your home and outside in your yard.
- Maintain a clean kitchen and regularly vacuum and wipe down surfaces to remove food debris and make your home less inviting to rodents.
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