Rodent Solutions for Home & Business Owners
Rodents are some of the most common, destructive, and potentially dangerous pests we encounter in both homes and businesses. Rodents such as rats and mice are highly unsanitary, contaminating any surfaces or objects with their saliva, urine, feces, or other parasites the carry such as fleas and ticks. These pests are also well documented vectors for a number of different diseases including hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis.
Aside from spreading disease and unsanitary conditions, rodents are also quite destructive. When nesting inside homes and other buildings, rodents can cause major structural damage, chewing through wires, insulation, pipes, drywall, and more. This not only weakens key structural components, but can also lead to short circuits, active leaks, and potential fire hazards.
Effective Rodent Control in New Jersey
If you are noticing signs of potential rodent activity, schedule an inspection with the pros at Amco Pest Solutions! We provide comprehensive rodent control services for the homes and businesses of New Jersey. Whether you are looking for a one-time treatment to get rid of a current infestation or would like recurring monthly rodent control services, we are here to help!
We offer professional rodent control services in the following areas in NJ:
Common Rodents in New Jersey
We encounter a variety of rodents in New Jersey, both large and small. Here are the most common species we see:
Roof Rats – These rodents have a smaller and slimmer build than other rats, and their body has dark, smooth fur. Their scaly, hairless tails are longer than their body, head, and pointed nose combined. Their small size sometimes causes young roof rats to be confused with adult mice. As their name suggests, roof rats are skilled climbers and often find their way into buildings at the roof level.
Norway Rats – A large rat species and one of the most common to invade homes, businesses, and other structures. They have a scaly tail that is about the same length or shorter than their head and body combined. The body of a Norway rat has brown fur with darker hairs sprinkled throughout; their underbelly is lighter in color.
Mice –Wherever there is food or shelter, these highly adaptive rodents can make a home. Mice have a round or oval body covered in a light brown or gray fur. Their belly is usually lighter in color. You can also identify house mice by the droppings they leave behind, which look like black or brown pieces of rice.
Squirrels – Squirrels are most easily recognized by their long bushy tail, which provides them with the ability to leap great distances, over great heights, while maintaining their balance. Squirrels have dark eyes, ears that stand up off their head, and an elongated body covered in light gray to dark-reddish brown fur. The most common type of squirrel is the tree which uses trees to build their nests, stay hidden from predators, and harvest food.
Muskrats – A semi-aquatic rodent, muskrats, are unique creatures that live around waterways. These mammals were named because of their naked rat-like tail and the strong “musky” odor that is released from their urine. They are about the size of a large rat and are covered in a waterproof brown fur that is peppered with longer, coarser guard hairs. The muskrat’s tail is flattened vertically and is long. Adapted to living large amounts of time in water they have folds of skin between their toes, and lips that close behind their teeth- to keep water out of their mouths while feeding underwater.
Rodent Prevention Tips
Rodents live outside, all around us. Wooded areas, parks, and fields located near our homes allow foraging rodents to find their way into our yards easily. They are attracted to properties that offer them easy access to food. Rodents discovering a yard with open garbage cans, compost, pet food, gardens, or outdoor eating areas is like winning the jackpot! Here are some tips for preventing rodents from infesting your property:
- Inspect your home’s exterior and seal openings that lead inside.
- Install caps on chimneys.
- Replace or repair loose screens.
- Put mesh covers on vents and drains entering your home.
- Cut back tree branches away from the roof.
- Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and excess piles of debris from your yard.
- Keep tight-fitting lids on outdoor trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins.
Articles & Resources
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