You do not have to be an expert on wild rodents to know they don’t belong inside your home. However, you have to know a bit about these invasive pests in order to keep them out. If you are here today seeking a way to avoid rodent problems around your Inland Empire Region property, here are three things you should know.
There Is More Than One Rodent Species In Our Area
The Inland Empire Region is home to many different rodent species, only three of which are known for invading homes. Here is how to identify these three furry pests and what you need to know about each.
The house mouse is a dusty grey 5 ½ to 7” long rodent with large ears, beady red or black eyes, a blunt muzzle, a cream-colored underside, and a long thinly haired tail. The house mouse earns its name from its adept ability to invade homes and the regularity with which they do so.
The roof rat has brown fur with intermixed black hairs, large ears, black eyes, a pointy muzzle, a grey, white, or black underside, a long scaly tail, and is 16” in total length. Often mistaken for a mouse, this common house pest regularly uses its dexterity to get onto roofs and invade structures from above.
The Norway rat is 17” long, brown with scattered black hairs, and has large ears, a blunt muzzle, black eyes, and a long scaly tail. Despite their larger size, the Norway rat is the most common home-invading rat here in America and most other countries worldwide.
Rodents Are Incredibly Problematic
Obviously, it's startling to find a rodent inside your home, but is this the only problem these pests bring? Absolutely not. Rodents cause many problems around homes, mainly with their sharp teeth and filthy bodies. You might notice signs of these pests on your property in the form of gnaw marks, holes through walls, torn up insulation, and other property damage. There have even been some cases where these pests sever electrical wires using their teeth.
What is even more troubling about rodents is the fact that they spread diseases. Some of the most common diseases these pests transmit include salmonellosis, hantavirus, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis.
Finally, rodents often bring fleas and ticks into homes. These smaller parasitic pests transmit their own dangerous diseases and threaten both homeowners and their pets.
There Are Ways To Prevent Rodents
Many preventative measures can help reduce your chances of a rodent infestation. Here are some exclusion tips our experts recommend to help you guard your home against these invasive and problematic pests:
- Store leftover food inside airtight containers after every meal.
- Clean out your pet’s food and water bowls before going to bed.
- Pick up messes around your house as they happen and do your best to keep things clean.
- Make sure all of your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
- Organize storage areas and keep clutter to a minimum.
- Use caulk and some steel wool to fill in gaps, holes, and cracks in your exterior foundation.
- Repair damage to your shingles, roofline, attic windows, and siding.
- Make sure all exterior doors have door sweeps.
- Eliminate clutter and debris from your yard.
To take your rodent control to the next level or to have an infestation of these pests removed from your property, get EarlyBird Extermination involved. Our team has comprehensive pest solutions and a commitment to excellence you and your home deserve.