rodents: facts, identification & control
rodents instincts make them difficult to control, and they present a serious menace to your home. if youre in need of rodent control services, heres what you should know about these pests:
rodents are warm-blooded mammals that, like humans, can be found throughout the world. they have oversized front teeth for gnawing and check teeth, which are adapted for chewing. rodents chew on anything available to them and cause great damage in and around homes.
rodents tend to be rapid breeders. some species breed year-round. although certain mice are known for short life spans due to predation, populations are maintained through constant reproduction. because most rodents possess soft cartilage, they are capable of squeezing through spaces that appear to be much too small for them. all such holes should be stuffed with steel wool and sealed with spackle or cement to prevent entry and re-entry of rodents.
rats and mice are both extremely destructive within agricultural communities. a number of species feed on seeds and grains. the feces and urine of some rodents may contaminate surfaces with which they come into contact.
access: they invade your home seeking food, water and warmth. without mouse control intervention, one pair of mice may produce 200 offspring in four months.
contamination: each mouse can contaminate much more food than it eats.
instincts: rats are instinctively wary of rat control measures such as traps and bait, and colonize in attics, burrows, under concrete and porches, in wall voids and other hard to reach places.
disease: rats can harbor and transmit a number of serious diseases. they can also introduce disease-carrying parasites such as fleas, lice and ticks into your home.