What are rodents?
Many rodents live across the United States, including beavers, chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, rats, and mice. Rodents play an important role in the ecosystem; they help spread seeds, their ground tunnels help to aerate the soil, and rodents act as a food source for many animals. While rodents may be essential to the ecosystem, it is crucial to ensure that they do not take over our homes and businesses.
Rodents living in our area and frequently invade our homes and businesses include Norway rats, roof rats, house mice, and field mice.
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents are prolific breeders that have learned to live near people in almost any environment. They can damage or destroy crops, structures, and stored food; rodents pose the following serious risks to people, our food, and property:
- The buildup of rodent feces in a home will lead to the spread of diseases and can trigger allergies.
- Through urine, feces, and saliva, rodents spread serious diseases, including hantavirus, leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever.
- Rodents chew their way into food packaging, contaminating the food inside and making it inedible.
- Rodents carry parasites on their bodies that can also spread a variety of diseases.
- Rodents produce a strong, musty odor, especially near their nesting sites.
- A rodent's sharp teeth will damage wires, pipes, cables, floors, walls, and personal items.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Any property that provides food, water, and shelter to rodents can be home to these opportunistic pests. Rodents have a high metabolism, which means they have high food requirements and are always searching for a reliable food source. Things like open trash cans, gardens, bird feeders, pet food, and grills attract rodents.
Rodents prefer to live outside, but when the weather cools in the late fall or if it is very hot and dry in the summer, rodents move indoors because food sources outside become scarce. They also move inside to enjoy a temperature-controlled environment.
Where will I find rodents?
Rodents are most problematic in structures in more rural areas, living near crop fields, parks, meadows, wooded areas, ponds, lakes, or other open areas. They also thrive in urban areas taking advantage of the excess food and plenty of places to hide that cities offer them. After moving into our homes, rodents hide in dark, secluded spaces like behind wall voids, inside attics, and in basements. They also like to hide in cabinets, under sinks, and behind appliances in kitchen areas.
Norway rats are poor climbers and live mainly at ground level. Roof rats, house mice, and field mice are good climbers and live at ground levels or up off the ground in homes or outside in trees, shrubbery, brush piles, rock walls, and woodpiles.
How do I get rid of rodents?
If rodents have found a way into your Ohio yard or home, the best course of action to take is to contact a professional. Rodents are tough to eliminate without a professional's trained eye and the implementation of proven treatments.
At Ohio Pest Control, Inc., we can provide the customized services needed to eliminate rodents from your home or business. Our family owned and operated company will protect your family and property from problems with rodents and other pests. To learn more about our rodent control options, reach out to the local professionals at Ohio Pest Control today.
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
In conjunction with our effective services, our prevention tips will help you defend your yard and home against rodents:
- Discourage rodent activity by removing food sources from your property. Keep lids on trash cans, maintain compost bins, regularly harvest garden and fruit trees, and remove leftover food from outdoor eating areas.
- Keep rodents out of the kitchen by sweeping floors, cleaning counters, and storing food in hard-sided containers or inside the fridge.
- Having pets may attract rodent activity; make sure to pick up uneaten pet food every evening and store pet food in metal (chew-proof) containers with locking lids.
- Remove overgrown vegetation from your yard and near your home to eliminate hiding and nesting spots on your property.
- Regularly inspect your home's exterior; any holes or gaps discovered should be sealed to keep rodents out.
- Keep covers on chimneys and over vents leading into your house.
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