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Fox Pest Control’s Rodent Exterminator Service

Even hearing the word “rodent” is enough to make some people shudder. You probably picture a furry, dirty creature with two long front teeth. Or the disgusting Rodent of Unusual Size from “The Princess Bride.” Well, the first description is definitely closest to reality. Thankfully, you’re not going to be attacked by a giant, man-eating rodent, but that doesn’t mean you want the real creatures scurrying around your house. Don’t worry – Fox Pest Control wants to help. 

Signs of a Rodent Infestation

You might already know for sure that you have a rodent problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of a rodent infestation in . 

Droppings

The first sign of a mouse or rat infestation is their droppings. These are usually found in their favorite hiding spots, such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, behind shelves or drawers, or in cabinets or pantries.

Noise

Sometimes the second most common sign of rodents in the house, nightly noises might happen when mice or rats scurry from place to place, fight each other, or gnaw on something.

Gnaw marks

Because their teeth never stop growing, mice and rats have a strong urge to chew things. They can chew through wood, hard plastic, or even metal to get to food, find shelter, or make nests.

Sightings

Though less common than the other signs, it is possible to surprise mice and rats in the house when turning on the light in the kitchen, attic, or basement. In rare cases, a mouse or rat may run into the open to find water, food, or better shelter.

Things You Need to Know About Rodents:

  • A rodent is a mammal with no canine teeth and incisors that constantly grow. Incisors are the two front and two bottom teeth in the mouth. 
  • If rodents don’t have material to constantly chew on, their incisors will grow so long that they can’t eat and develop infections.
  • Common Rodents Include:
  • Rodents can carry harmful diseases such as:
    • Bubonic Plague, Tularemia, and Hantavirus 
  • You might have rodents in your home if you discover unusual droppings or hear strange scratching sounds. If you suspect rodents, it’s best to call the professionals. 

Helpful Rodent Prevention Tips:

  • Seal common entry points.
  • Reduce food and water access by fixing leaks and cleaning before and after meals.
  • Reduce hiding places by cleaning around kitchen appliances and other potential hiding places.
  • Clean up the yard: including branches, leaves, and woodpiles

How Do I Get Rid Of Rodents?

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Rodent Control FAQ

How do I get rid of rodents?

The best control of rodents is prevention. Like the Helpful Hints above suggest, filling in any holes of the house’s exterior and sealing any food in airtight containers will make your home less attractive and less accessible to them. 

But if you’ve already got a rodent infestation, these measures won’t fix the problem on their own. Call Fox Pest Control  today for a free estimate, and make your home safe and comfortable again.

What sort of damage can rodents do on my property?

Yard Rodents: Gophers and groundhogs dig massive tunnels and eat plant roots, fruit, and vegetables. Voles tend to stay above ground and eat plants. Mice and rats may also dig burrows through the grass. Moles also dig tunnels while they look for insects, but they aren’t technically rodents.

House Rodents: Mice and rats chew on wiring, gnaw on walls, invade storage containers, rip up papers and fabrics, and contaminate food. Rats and mice can also spread fleas and ticks as well as diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, tularemia, and the bubonic plague.

Squirrels are a very common problem in some areas. They can crawl inside attic spaces, chew through wood or wiring, and spread diseases, fleas, and ticks.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents like rats and mice can carry various diseases, including the bubonic plague, rat scratch disease, hemorrhagic fever, tularemia, and hantavirus. They can also carry ticks and fleas with them, which can also spread disease.

Can rodents bite?

A bite from a rodent can be extremely serious, but these are relatively rare. Rodents typically try to stay away from humans and avoid contact with us. 

Do people get sick from rodents?

People contract diseases spread by rodents when we are bitten, when we come in contact with a rodent’s droppings or urine, or if we handle a rodent, including a recently dead one. If you're bitten by a rodent, seek medical attention immediately.

How do I know if I have rats in the house?

Common signs of rodent activity in your house are: 

Feces. Rats tend to gather theirs in one particular spot while mice scatter them everywhere. 

Sounds at night. Rats sometimes fight over food or dominance and squeal and rustling noises. You might also hear mice scurrying or chewing on something.

Nests. Mice and rats make nests after they mate. They prepare for juveniles by building nests out of soft materials like paper, fabric, pillow stuffing, bits of cloth, loose carpeting, or wall insulation.

What’s the best way to keep rodents out of my house?

Rodents like rats, mice, and squirrels have a strong sense of smell, which is why cleaning the house and storing both your food and pet food in airtight containers is one of the first steps to rodent prevention.

Professional pest experts can help you discover specific things you can do to keep rodents from invading your home.

What kinds of rodents can invade my property?

Yard Rodents: Gophers, groundhogs, mice, rats, and voles will come to your yard looking for plants, nuts, berries, fruit, and shelter. Moles also like to dig in the yard while looking for insects, but they aren’t technically rodents. 

House Rodents: Rats and mice are the most common rodents that will invade homes. 

How did rodents get in my house?

Mice and rats can fit through tiny spaces. A mouse can fit through a hole or crack the size of a dime, and rats can fit through openings the size of a quarter. 

Why are rodents trying to get in my house?

After they come inside, mice and rats will find a hiding place that is as close to food and water as possible. The most obvious room to hide in is the kitchen, although rodents are timid enough to hide in the basement, attic, or somewhere in the wall voids.

Do rats and mice like cheese?

Actually, rats and mice prefer other foods besides the cheese we buy at the store. As omnivores, they will eat anything, but they prefer high-energy food like peanut butter, gum drops, and pet food.

What do rodents eat?

Rats, mice, squirrels, and other rodents are more fond of foods with high lots of sugar or lots of protein, like gum drops or peanut butter. They also like pet food because it’s rich in nutrition.

What’s the difference between a mouse and a rat?

Body size. Adult rats are larger than adult mice. Norwegian rats also have a characteristic hunch in their back. 

Ears and Tails. Rats have larger, more pointed ears and shorter tails than mice. A mouse’s tail has fine hairs along it while a rat’s tail is entirely bald. 

Droppings. The common Norwegian rats have cylindrical or pill-shaped droppings, and roof rats have a banana shape to theirs. Mouse feces look like little grains of brown or black rice 

Dropping placement: Mice scatter their droppings randomly throughout their hiding places. Rats are more aware of their droppings and find a hiding spot to use as a latrine, sort of the way a cat uses a litter box.

Behavior. Mice are extremely curious about everything in their environment and will explore new things readily. Rats are “neophobic,” which means they are frightened of new things and require more time to grow accustomed to something new.

Society. Rats and mice both can live in colonies or family groups, but rats can create very large colonies very quickly. Compared to mice, rats are much more violent with each other when they dispute over territory, dominance, or food.

Intelligence. Unlike mice, rats can observe and mimic each other’s behavior to navigate the world around them and avoid anything that seems dangerous.

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