Latin: Order Rodentia
Walls, dark and warm places near food and water
What are rodents?
Rodents is a broad term that refers to warm-blooded mammals that can be found around the world. They have large front teeth for gnawing on things and teeth that are adapted for chewing farther in their mouths. They tend to chew on a variety of items available to them in and around the homes.
What are the different types of rodents?
Common rodents are Cotton Rats, Deer Mice, House Mice, Norway Rats, Roof Rats and Squirrels.
Can rodents cause health problems for humans?
Rodents in Central California communities, like San Luis Obispo, are a health challenge. The movies make these creatures into loveable chefs, though that is probably a case of an overzealous public relations effort on the part of the rodents. Rodents can carry a number of diseases such as Brucellosis, Foot and Mouth disease, Salmonella, Weil’s Disease, and Murine Typhus. They are often most problematic for farm animals. Livestock, poultry, pigs and calves are at the greatest risk of infection from rodents. Rodents are also a common host for fleas which can spread quickly throughout the house.
How do I know if I have a rodent problem?
Rodents thrive in any habitat with access to food and water.
The feces left behind by your furry friends will usually give you a clue as to what type of rodent you are dealing with. Rat droppings, for example, tend to be pellet-shaped. You will also likely see other signs of gnawing or teeth marks on furniture or food packages. Rats and Mice are social and intelligent. They can take a while to accept bait that is put out for them. They reproduce rapidly and can mature fully within 12 weeks. Female rats can have up to 50 young per year. A colony can easily get out of control if proper elimination is not taken.
Do not handle any wild rodent. They can carry and transmit a variety of bacteria, viruses and diseases that are transmitted through saliva, feces and urine. If cornered a rodent will bite to defend itself.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Rodents are difficult to keep out of the home because they can burrow under foundations or into walls. If you see signs of rodents on your property, have your property assessed to check the extent of the problem. Infestations can cause damage to buildings and agriculture and introduce diseases.
Once a home is eradicated, consistent cleaning, observation for cracks or gaps and landscape alteration can reduce the likelihood of rodents returning. Keep any possible food sources away from rodents or rodent potential access points. Resulting food waste should never be left on surfaces or on the floor. Rodents tend to show up near garbage areas as they will want the food. Keeping food sealed and covered will reduce the risk of rodents.
A pest control professional will be able to advise and assist in all rodent matters. To effectively combat a rodent infestation contact Brezden Pest Control.