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Rodent Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are small mammals known for their continuously growing front teeth. They must constantly chew in order to keep these incisors from growing too long, creating a host of issues for homeowners. Some types of rodents, like mice and rats, are more likely to invade area homes seeking easy access to food, water, and shelter. Others, like voles and squirrels, may remain outside but wreak havoc on yards and gardens. One thing rodents have in common is that once a rodent problem starts around your property, it is difficult to fully remove without professional general pest control assistance.

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Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are one of the more dangerous pest invaders you might host on your property due to their unhygienic nature. Rodents are known for their scavenging activities, and they often spend plenty of time infiltrating trash cans, compost piles, areas of organic waste, sewers, and other unsavory areas. Both rats and mice pick up serious diseases in these spaces and then track bacteria and pathogens with them as they invade your property, increasing your chances of illness.

Rodents are also highly destructive and will chew just about anything to keep their teeth in shape. Plastic, wood, brick, cinder block, plumbing, and electrical wiring are all at risk when a rodent infestation moves in.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Typically, a rodent problem occurs when this pest finds a property with lots of easy access to food, water, and shelter. Rodents will take advantage of these things and start to scavenge, eventually reproducing and nesting all over the property. Reducing the factors that attract this pest in the first place is generally far easier than getting rid of rodents once they've established themselves on your property.

Where are rodents commonly found?

Rodents are usually found hiding outside around piles of debris, waste disposal areas, or overgrown foliage. Once they invade homes or businesses, they might be seen near kitchens, bathrooms, basements, attics, food storage areas, and in the space between walls where they create their nests.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Effective rodent control provided by Maple Leaf Lawn Care & Pest Control is the best way to get rid of rodents and ensure that these pests stay gone for good. Our team of service professionals inspects your property for rodent problem areas and works with you to apply treatment solutions that meet your structure's exact needs. We can remove any existing rodent concerns and help you safeguard your home against future infestations.

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How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Prevent rodents in the future by following our expert tips below to make your property less hospitable to this pest.

  • Seal potential rodent entry points around your property, such as the gaps around windows, doors, and the foundation.
  • Invest in sturdy window and door screens, weather stripping, and door sweeps to keep rodents outside.
  • Place mesh screens over vented areas around crawl spaces and attics to rodent-proof them.
  • Ensure all leftover food is stored properly and never leave out dirty dishes or food and drink spills, as the aroma often attracts hungry rodents.
  • Dispose of trash promptly and tightly seal all trash bags in addition to using trash cans with tight-fitting lids to prevent rodent scavenging.
  • Treat moisture issues around your property to prevent excess pools of water or humid conditions from attracting rodents.

Contact Maple Leaf Lawn Care & Pest Control the moment you suspect pesky rodents are moving onto your property to benefit from effective and reliable rodent removal services and friendly customer service. Reach out to us today for more information about our seasonal weed control services!

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