What are rodents?
Two examples of rodents that people are most familiar with are mice and rats because they are common household pests.
Rodents thrive in Houston; our open spaces, urban centers, and suburbs provide them with many places to call home. These scavengers are constantly searching for food and places to hide from the predators hunting them. Unfortunately, food and shelter are necessities that our yards and homes naturally offer them.
Three of the most regular rodent visitors to our Houston area homes are the Norway rat, roof rat, and mouse.
Are rodents dangerous?
Signs of a rodent problem include gnaw marks on cabinets, boxes, food containers, and furniture. Mice and rats will also chew through wires, cables, drywall, and your home’s other structural elements. Rodents are extremely destructive in our homes, and in addition to structural damage, their chewing habits can trigger short circuits and fires.
When rodents are in your home, they contaminate food sources and surfaces with their shed fur, urine, and excrement. Furthermore, they carry and spread many different kinds of bacteria, pathogens, and parasites that can make us quite ill if we come into contact with them.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Critters like mice and rats are active throughout the entire year because of the warm weather we experience here in Houston. Rodents can find their way into any of our homes at any time of the year.
In many parts of the country, rodents move indoors to escape cold temperatures, but in our area, they are moving indoors to escape hot temperatures or periods of rainy weather.
Food, however, is the most likely reason rodents are in your house. Food odors from trash cans, kitchens, pet food, and outdoor eating areas attract rodents. Once they discover food sources, they will keep returning or, worse, decide to nest in or near your house and become a regular fixture on your property.
Where will I find rodents?
Where rodents like to live, and nest depends on their species. What Norway rats, roof rats, and mice have in common is that they have adapted to living near people, nesting within our homes, and feeding in our kitchens, cabinets, and pantries.
Roof rats are agile rodents, excellent climbers, and like to nest up off the ground. The tops of cabinets, attics, chimneys, and wall voids are common nesting spots in our homes.
Norway rats have large, heavy bodies and are poor climbers. They prefer to nest at ground level. When they get into our homes, basements, crawl spaces, spaces under furniture, and wall voids are common nesting sites for Norway rats.
House mice are quite agile and will nest anywhere in our homes, providing close access to food. Wall voids, basement clutter, spaces behind appliances, and upholstered furniture are common nesting spots for these small rodents.
How do I get rid of rodents?
If rodents have found a way into your Houston area home, know that you aren’t alone. Rodents are common household invaders and can be frustrating pests to deal with on your own. The best solution for rodents is a professional solution.
At Texas Termite Terminators, we can offer you a permanent solution to your rodent problem. With the help of our inspections, high-quality rodent treatments and exclusion services, we will help you eliminate the rodents currently living in your home and prevent rodents from entering your house in the future. To learn more about our residential or commercial rodent control services, reach out today.
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
The following prevention tips will help you prevent rodent problems in your Houston area home:
- Remove the clutter from your yard and home where rodents like to nest.
- Keep storage areas neat and free of excess debris.
- Regularly harvest vegetable gardens and fruit trees to help eliminate food sources.
- Keep lids on trash cans and compost bins.
- Seal up cracks, gaps, and other openings leading into your home that could provide entry points.
- Remove food odors that attract hungry mice into your home; wash dirty dishes daily, store pet food in containers with lids, and store perishables in the fridge.
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