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Rodent Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Rodents

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Learn about the rodents that call North Carolina home and regularly enter our structures.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are mammals that all belong to the order Rodentia and are characterized by their continuously growing front incisors. Like other mammals, rodents have the following characteristics: hair, warm-blooded, and four limbs. Species of rodents that most people are familiar with include mice and rats. The house mouse, Norway rat, and roof rat are most likely to wind up inside our homes and require the help of a Goldsboro rodent control expert to remove them.

Mice have oval-shaped bodies and small triangular heads. Their ears and tails are covered in a light layer of fur. Adult rats have large blunt heads, and their ears and scaly tails are hairless. Adult rats are typically much larger in size than adult mice.

Are rodents dangerous?

Mice and rats are dangerous because of the many health risks these pests pose. They spread disease, parasites, and bacteria contaminating surfaces, utensils, and food. Furthermore, their shed fur and excrement can emit allergens and trigger allergies and asthma attacks. 

As if the health risks they pose weren’t enough, these pests cause property damage by chewing through electrical wiring, cables, drywall, and pipes. Rodents also chew holes in furniture, cabinets, walls, and food packages.

Additionally, sharing your home with these unwanted houseguests can make you uncomfortable and cause you and your family unneeded stress.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

A rodent infestation can develop in any structure. These opportunistic pests have learned that wherever people live or spend time, there are likely food, water, and shelter sources for them to hijack. Once rodents discover that your yard or structure offers them easy access to things that make their lives easier, they won’t go away easily.

Where will I find rodents?

Most types of rodents prefer to live outside, typically in areas that provide them with secluded shelter from predators and easy access to food and water. Rodents thrive in wooded areas, meadows, fields, and outdoor spaces surrounding our homes and businesses. Though they like to live outside, they will move into our structures to escape predators and harsh weather and have easy access to reliable food sources. Where a rodent spends most of their time will depend on their species and preferences. 

Roof rats are agile and excellent climbers. They regularly enter our homes through roof eaves, gaps in roof intersections, chimneys, and vents. Inside our homes, these pests regularly nest in chimneys, wall voids, and attics. 

Norway rats prefer to live at ground level, moving inside through gaps in the foundations, open doors, and other holes they come across. In our homes, they like to live in basements, crawl spaces, and wall voids.

Mice are agile creatures and move through any opening they come across. Common places to discover mouse nests in our homes include cabinets, appliances, wall voids, crawl spaces, basements, and closets.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Get rid of rodents from your Goldsboro property with the help of the pest professionals at Arrest A Pest Exterminators. Our residential and commercial pest control programs provide the services necessary to eliminate rodents and other structural invading pests. 

To better understand your rodent problem, we will perform a thorough inspection; then, we will treat your home to get rid of the active pest problems and install rodent stations. Depending on the severity of your rodent infestation, we can recommend a follow-up treatment schedule where we return to check the rodent stations and perform exterior and interior treatments. 

Call today for information about the tailored home pest control and commercial pest control solutions we provide or to receive a free estimate.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

To help stop rodents from easily being able to move in and out of your home, take advantage of the following tips:

  • Keep your yard neat and tidy to remove potential harborage sites.

  • Cut back overgrown vegetation from your home’s exterior.

  • Inspect your home’s exterior and seal cracks or repair any damaged siding.

  • Repair roof damage and replace damaged roof shingles.

  • Install door sweeps to seal gaps under exterior doors.

  • Inspect boxes and other items that have been outside for hiding rodents before bringing them inside.

For effective rodent control near you to assist you in preventing problems with these structural invading pests, reach out to Arrest A Pest Exterminators today.

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