Rodents

What are rodents?

The largest group of mammals living worldwide is the rodent. Rodents are a type of mammal, and all are grouped together because of one physical feature they share: front incisors that continuously grow throughout their life. Rodents come in many shapes and sizes, have different food preferences, and succeed in many different habitats. One of the most common rodents to invade homes and businesses in Connecticut and across the country is the mouse.

a mouse resting on cement

Mice have a round body covered in gray or black fur with lighter-colored bellies. The mouse has a pointed nose, and they have large eyes that stand up off the head. Their ears and long tail are mostly void of hair except for a light layer of velvety fur.

Are rodents dangerous?

One of the biggest signs of a rodent problem in a home is discovering their dark rice-like droppings on the floor, in drawers, or on counters. As mice and other rodents travel, they leave behind trails of excrement that contaminate surfaces and food with pathogens that make people ill. Rodents can also indirectly affect our health by introducing parasites like fleas and ticks into our homes; parasites spread diseases that make people sick too.

In addition to being dangerous because of the diseases they spread, rodents are dangerous when they get into our homes because they can chew through wires and pipes, leading to fires and water damage. They also chew through and damage things like drywall, flooring, trim, boxes, clothing, and furniture.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents usually become a problem for people when they decide our homes, garages, sheds, or other structures are a perfect place to escape unsuitable weather.

In Connecticut, rodents can invade our structures and become a problem any time of year but tend to be most problematic in the late fall and winter when the weather is cold, and food sources are few and far between.

Rodents that have happily been living outside tend to move inside to have a safe, warm place to overwinter. Since they only need a small space to squeeze their body through, it is usually easy for them to get inside. Gaps in the foundation, spaces under doors, open chimneys, and spaces around windows and doors are common entry points.

Where will I find rodents?

There are many places in and around our Connecticut homes that rodents view as suitable habitats. Gardens, wooded areas, fields, tall grass, woodpiles, and brush piles are places rodents like to nest and hide.

When rodents move into our homes, they move to areas providing seclusion and easy access to food sources. Some favorite indoor nesting locations include:

  • Attics
  • Wall voids
  • Backs of cabinets and drawers
  • Behind large appliances
  • Closets
  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Cardboard boxes

How do I get rid of rodents?

Mice and other rodents are frustrating pests to have in our homes. They move inside whenever they please and seem to multiply with ease. At Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control, we know the rodents that live in our area and understand how to get them out and keep them out of Connecticut homes and business.

Our professionals will work with you to discover where the rodents are getting in, provide effective treatments to eliminate them, and offer the recurring services needed to maintain a rodent-free home. To learn more about keeping rodents out of your home with the help of our residential or commercial pest control services, reach out to us today.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Prevent problems with rodents and other pests with the following prevention tips and the comprehensive pest control services at Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control:

  • Make sure that weatherstripping around windows and doors are in good condition and repair any that are not.
  • Place door sweeps on doors leading into your home.
  • Regularly inspect attics and garages for signs of mice and other rodents, both of which can provide cozy retreats for them.
  • Walk around the perimeter of your home, inspecting its exterior for any openings that may allow rodents a way inside.
  • Remove their access to food by getting rid of bird feeders, keeping lids on trash cans, keeping grills and outdoor eating areas free of food debris, and picking up uneaten pet food each evening.
  • Inside your house, store your family’s food in the fridge. Place dry goods in metal or glass containers with airtight lids.
  • Cut shrubs and bushes back away from your home’s exterior walls. The more places they have to hide out near your home, the more likely they will find a way into your house.
  • Reduce hiding spots inside your home by keeping storage areas (closets, attics, basements) organized.

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