A Practical Rodent Exclusion Guide For Rochester Homeowners

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Nobody wants to share their home with rodents. Whether you find rats or mice in your house, they’re all unwanted guests. But rodent infestations can be challenging to manage without professional help. RodentX Wildlife Control’s Rochester rodent control is the best way to treat rodent infestations. Our treatment options are designed to keep your home rodent-free. 

Common Types Of Rodents That Invade Rochester Homes

Rats and mice are the most common rodents found in houses. Although they can look similar, there are a few characteristics that distinguish mice from rats.

Rats are much bigger than mice, ranging from six to ten inches long, and their tails can be another six to eight inches. Rats are more elongated than mice. Roof rats are brown and black with a gray, black, or white underbelly. As the name suggests, these rats prefer to live up high—roofs and rafters are traditional homes for them. Norway rats have brown bodies and gray or white undersides. They tend to infest basements and lower levels when inside buildings. 

Deer mice can be identified by their two-toned tails, typically half brown and half white. These mice are more common in rural areas. House mice can be found just about anywhere and are a dusty gray color. Mice have smaller, rounder bodies than rats do. However, both species have keen senses of smell and are excellent at climbing and hiding. 

The Many Problems A Rodent Infestation Can Create

One of the biggest concerns with a rodent infestation is the risk of disease transmission. Rats and mice carry many diseases, including rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, jaundice, and hantavirus. Because rodents often get into people’s food, there’s a risk of contamination. Additionally, rats can bring their pests, such as fleas and ticks. 

Another issue caused by rodents is property damage. Rats and mice have solid teeth and will use them to chew on and through furniture, drywall, and electrical cables. Rodents often build nests and sometimes burrow. These nests can usually be found around the home, in hidden spaces, and sometimes inside the walls. 

Four Proactive Rodent Exclusion Tips For Around The House

Because of the risk of disease and property damage, it’s best to prevent rodent infestations from occurring in the first place. By understanding what attracts rodents to your home, you can work to keep them out.

Rats and mice often enter houses looking for food, water, and shelter. To prevent infestation, you need to make your home inaccessible to rodents. You can do this by:

  • Sealing holes and cracks in the walls that could be providing entry to rodents
  • Storing food in solid, airtight containers, and garbage in bins with animal-proof lids
  • Eliminating sources of excess moisture, such as leaky pipes or faulty fans
  • Keeping firewood and yard debris several feet away from your home

When setting up your home for rodent exclusion, the most important things to keep in mind are the rodents’ abilities to enter the house and access what they need. That’s why repairing holes in the walls, and poorly secured doors and windows is an essential first step. That’s what keeps rodents from finding a way inside. Then, keeping food put away and preventing moisture from building up mean that any rodents who enter won’t be able to get food and water. Keeping yard debris away from the house keeps any potential wildlife pests from moving from outdoor trash (such as leaf piles) to your home. 

However, the exclusion only works when there are no rodents inside the home. For effective rodent control, a professional company is the best solution.  

Contact RodentX Wildlife Control Today About Their Xclusion Service

Rodent infestations can be challenging to manage on your own. Rodents breed quickly and hide well, which means do-it-yourself treatments often can’t reach the whole colony. That’s why RodentX Wildlife Control offers multi-step treatment plans for Rochester homes. We thoroughly inspect your entire house and yard, looking for any evidence of rodents. Then we develop a program that focuses on rodent removal and exclusion. We even offer follow-up visits to ensure the rodents don’t return. If you need to get rid of mice and rats from your home, contact RodentX Wildlife Control.

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