a mouse on a kitchen counter

What are rodents?

Rodents are very common and damaging pests that live throughout North America and on every continent, except for Antarctica. Mice and rats are examples of some of the most common rodents that home and business owners deal with regularly. Their name is derived from the Latin word "Rodere" which means "to gnaw."

a rat on a fence

All rodents from tiny mice to the very large capybara have one thing in common: two front incisors that grow continuously throughout their lifetime. Chewing on any object that they come across helps to grind down their teeth and prevent them from overgrowing.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous – not only because they can be aggressive and cause physical harm to people, but because of the health risks they create, and the damage they cause. Rodents can spread diseases in two ways, either through the parasites, like fleas and ticks, that they carry on their backs or through the rodent's own urine, feces, or saliva. Hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis are all spread by rodents.

Their ability to cause structural damage and damage to personal property, are more reasons why rodents are dangerous pests. Inside homes and other buildings, they chew through and damage wires, pipes, insulation, flooring, furniture, clothing, books, and more. It is important to know that their chewing habits often lead to short circuits, fire damage, and water damage.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

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 very 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!

Rodents can find their way indoors at any time of year. They usually move inside while they forage for food or to escape very hot or cold weather. Our temperature-controlled homes allow rodents to live comfortably year-round.

Where will I find rodents?

Outside, you will find most rodents make their nests in sheltered locations that keep them hidden from predators. Rodents act as prey for many animals, and so they spend most of their life trying to stay out of the limelight. Rodents place their nests in tall grass, under woodpiles, in dense vegetation, and along riverbanks. They also use areas under decks and foundations as nesting spots. Some species of rodents prefer to nest off the ground in trees, along roof eaves, or in chimneys.

When rodents get into our homes, they nest in hard-to-reach locations. Their typical nesting spots are within 30 feet of a food source behind walls, under floors, in attics, or basements. In our kitchens, rodents love to place their cylindrical nests behind large appliances or in the backs of cabinets.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Getting rid of rodents from your yard, home, or business is best left up to a professional. The experts here at Amco Pest Solutions will provide you with the year-round solutions needed to get rid of them and prevent their return. Whether you are looking to get rid of a current infestation or prevent future problems with pests, our family-owned and operated company is here to help.

Our professionals are committed to providing the pest control services needed to keep your home or business free of mice, rats, and other common pests. Reach out to Amco Pest Solutions today to learn more about our effective home pest control and commercial pest control solutions. Let's work together to protect your New Jersey, New York, or South Florida property from being taken over by rodents!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

To make your property less attractive to rodents, use the following easy-to-execute prevention tips:

  • 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.

 

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