What are rodents?
Rodents make up the largest group of mammals. And in our area, many of these creatures make our yards and often our houses into their home. Many species of rodents have adapted to living with people and have learned how to take advantage of the food, water, and shelter our properties provide.
Rodents that are regular visitors to our spaces and become an issue for Alabama homeowners include:
- Field mice
- House mice
- Moles (not true rodents, insectivores)
- Norway rats
- Roof rats
Keep rodents out of your Huntsville home by keeping up with regular pest prevention around your property, and reach out for help with home pest control services when your rodent infestation grows out of hand.
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents are dangerous pests for many different reasons; they can cause property damage, introduce health risks, and are difficult to keep out of our yards and homes.
One physical characteristic that all rodents share is their sharp, front incisors that constantly grow throughout their life. Their teeth are why they are dangerous to have in our yards and homes. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, they constantly gnaw and cause damage to trees, plants, grass, and inside our homes to personal items and structural elements.
Along with being destructive, rodents pose health risks. They contaminate food, surfaces, and more with the bacteria, pathogens, and parasites they carry on their legs and body and within their feces and saliva.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents and people live close to each other, so it is only natural that rodents will eventually find their way into your home. Rodents are agile, flexible creatures that can fit their bodies through the smallest gaps. Keeping them out of our homes is tricky since they often enter spaces you don't even realize are there.
Rodents live outside in fields, parks, meadows, and wooded areas; properties in rural areas near those habitats are most likely to see problems with these pests. Rodents are also very common in urban areas taking advantage of the many business and homes that can provide them with the basic necessities.
Where will I find rodents?
Rodents live in various places; outside in our yards, they are found feeding and nesting in gardens, flowerbeds, and in the soil under lawns. They also hide out in things like woodpiles, rock piles, and around trash.
When rodents live in our yards, it puts them near the exterior of our homes. Things like harsh weather, food odors, moisture, and the promise of safe shelter cause them to move into our homes.
After rodents find a way into your home, they will quickly find a space to build their nest. They usually choose a quiet, warm location near food sources.
- Wall voids
- Storage boxes
- Space behind cabinets, furniture, and large appliances
At first notice of rodents living in your indoor or outdoor spaces, immediately reach out for help. The faster these dangerous and destructive pests are removed from your home, the better!
How do I get rid of rodents?
Get rid of the rodents that have decided to invade your property with the help of the experienced professionals at Morton's Pest Control. We have over 30 years of experience in the pest control industry and are committed to providing our customers with the best home pest control and commercial exterminator services possible. We take the time to listen to our customers, so we can truly understand your property's unique rodent problems.
Our professionals will accurately identify the rodents on your property and where they are nesting, as well as provide the high-quality treatments necessary to eliminate the infestation. Reach out to Morton's Pest Control today to learn more about our rodent control services in Huntsville.
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Preventing rodent problems is difficult because these creatures are adaptive and can problem solve. If your home has something they want, they will take advantage. One of the best things you can do to avoid attracting rodents is to reduce food and food odors in and around your home.
- Keep lids on trash cans and compost bins.
- Regularly harvest gardens.
- Pick up uneaten pet food and store pet food in rodent-proof bins.
- Maintain a clean kitchen regularly, vacuuming and wiping down surfaces to remove crumbs.
- Store pantry items in containers with airtight lids.
- Keep fruits, vegetables, and other perishables in the fridge.
In order to keep rodents from entering your home in pursuit of food or shelter, it is important to ensure your home is adequately sealed. Regularly inspect your home's exterior and use caulk or another material to seal any openings you do discover. Always keep screens on chimneys and mesh covers over vents. Fill spaces around wires and pipes with steel wool or another rigid material that can stand up to a rodent's strong teeth.