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Rodent Identification & Prevention

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What are rodents?

As common as rodents are in our area, few people understand these pests and what attracts them. Several types of rodents can become an issue on your residential property, with mice and attic rats being two. Attic rats are also known as roof rats or black rats. While the appearance, demeanor, and habits vary between mice and rats and their specific species, the common trait they share is that their teeth never stop growing. Because of their teeth, these pests have to constantly chew to prevent them from overgrowing, doing costly damage to homes.

You are not likely to experience an infestation of both rats and mice simultaneously because rats are very territorial.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are much more dangerous than you might think. These critters are responsible for the following:

  • Spreading diseases like leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, salmonellosis, and hantavirus
  • Spreading parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites
  • Causing contamination of food, surfaces, and personal hygiene products
  • Creating allergens that affect allergies and asthma
  • Damaging personal property and home structures

The list can go on with these pests, so it's essential to rectify any rodent problem you have right away!

Why do I have a rodent problem?

If any pest knows how to take advantage of residential properties, it's rodents. These clever animals have lived in close proximity to humans for thousands of years, learning to rely on us for easy access to food, water, and shelter. So if you have a rodent problem on your property, it is likely because there are attractive food and water sources, available entry points, and places where they can nest undisturbed.

Where will I find rodents?

Due to their cleverness, you may find rodents just about anywhere once they have taken up residence on your property. Some species, like attic rats, are agile climbers and will nest in attics, hence their name. At the same time, other species prefer to keep to the lower levels.

In any case, there will usually be signs of rodents such as chew marks, footprints, and grease marks in kitchens and eating areas where they are likely to search for food.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Stat Pest Control can assist if you need help dealing with common rodents in Fort Myers!

Our residential rodent control services start with an inspection of the interior and exterior of your home, including the attic, during which we look for signs of activity such as chew marks, droppings, grease stains, and entry points. After we assess the rodent pressures around your home, we will implement the best bait and trap methods depending on your situation.

We also perform exclusion work if needed by sealing holes with metal mesh and foam and providing a one-year guarantee on this work.

Call us at Stat Pest Control today for more information about our effective rodent control services!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Now that you know rodents are opportunistic pests, you can use this to your advantage and eliminate the factors that attract them. Remove food sources both inside and outside your house, such as pet food. Also, reduce excess moisture, keep your home organized and clutter-free, inspect for and seal any potential entry points, and maintain your lawn and yard.

Contact us at Stat Pest Control for more rodent prevention tips and to get a free estimate for the services you need for a rodent-free home.