Rodent Identification & Prevention

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What are rodents?

They may not look like much, but Norway rats, roof rats, squirrels, field mice, and house mice are some of the most destructive household pests on the planet. Rodents can be found on virtually every continent other than Antarctica and have spread far and wide across the globe. 

The large, squared teeth and long whiskers are often enough to identify a potential threat. However, each rodent species has its own unique set of characteristics: 

  • Norway rats are some of the biggest home-infesting rodents in America and may measure up to a foot long from tip to tail.
  • Roof rats infest homes from the top down and can be spotted by their scaly tails and blunt snouts. 
  • Unlike their rodent cousins, squirrels have large, bushy, dark-colored tails. 
  • The white bellies, large ears, and pointed snouts of field mice are familiar sights around Texan homes. 
  • House mice are entirely reliant on human activity to survive, which is why they may be found scurrying into kitchens or pantries.
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Are rodents dangerous?

There are many ways that rodents can create havoc around Texas properties. Both residential and commercial facilities may be at risk for initial infestations and property damage. Rodents rip out wooden barriers, fabric, and insulation to create nesting areas for their young. They may also contaminate food items by chewing through packaging materials. Food contamination causes transmission of parasite eggs and viral illnesses, which may require medical treatments. Rodents have been known to spread: 

  • Salmonella 
  • E. coli 
  • Hantavirus 

If there is currently a rodent in or around your home, you may be putting your loved ones at risk for physical injury.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

The majority of rodents rely on human beings for sustenance. However, they are smart enough to tell the difference between a protected home and an unprotected one. Homes that offer consistent sources of food, water, or shelter may be first on their list. They may begin to breed around their favorite properties, causing chronic re-infestations that are difficult to treat.

Large entry points (cracks, gaps, fissures, etc.), high levels of humidity, and dark rooms offer everything rodents need to be truly happy.

Where will I find rodents?

While they require help from humans to survive, most rodent species are secretive and shy by nature. They can be found skulking around in the dark or hidden away in the walls of your home. Other dark places, including attics, basements, and crawl spaces, provide additional hiding places for rodents and their young.

You may be able to identify a rodent presence in other areas of the home by searching for oily stains, gnaw marks, or droppings. These signs are enough to indicate a rodent threat on the property.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Getting rid of an established rodent infestation in the McKinney area is no easy task. Once pests have created a pattern of living on your property, they will be much less likely to leave. Recurring infestations and continuous rodent breeding could make your property unsafe for people, pets, and personal property.

That's why the best and only way to treat a significant rodent infestation around your Texas property is to rely on treatments from EcoArmor Pest Defense. We make it easy to get and stay pest-free, providing a mix of products and exclusionary techniques that work through every season.

Say goodbye to rodents for good by getting in touch with the team at EcoArmor Pest Defense for effective rodent control today.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Keeping rodents away from your property is far preferable to having to treat an infestation. Try the techniques listed below: 

  • Store all food items in proper containers. 
  • Have your home deep cleaned regularly. 
  • Use a dehumidifier to get rid of excess moisture.

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