Wouldn't it be great if we could permanently remove some things from our lives? For example, would you eliminate late fees if you could? Yes! It would be nice if we didn't have three feet of snow in the winter or if we could have more warmer days than cold days.
We all have things that we'd like to remove from our lives. While we may have different opinions on what to remove, we can all agree that we don't want rodents in our homes. No one likes being surprised by a rat running from beneath the couch or watching a mouse dart across the kitchen floor to hide behind the refrigerator.
You probably found this article because you have seen a rodent or two inside your Syracuse home and are concerned that they have moved into your home. The best way to alleviate that fear is to partner with rodent control in Syracuse from RodentX Wildlife Control. We are a complete rodent control, exclusion, and remediation business. In other words, we remove rodents from homes, ensure they cannot reenter, and repair rodent-caused damage. We are the locally owned and operated solution you are searching for if you want to stop a current rodent infestation and prevent a future one.
To help you understand the gravity of what is possibly occurring in your home, please keep reading to learn more and to get tips on what you can do to end the current problem.
Rodent Behavior Insights: Navigating The Habits Of Mice And Rats
Rodents come in all shapes and sizes. Some rodents are wild animals that avoid human interaction as much as possible, but others do not mind sharing space with people. Rodents that live near humans are called commensal rodents; the main animals in this category are rats and mice.
Before we examine the habits of these creatures, we need to determine what makes them rodents. Rodents are furry, warm-blooded mammals that have a pair of constantly growing upper and lower incisor teeth. These teeth are razor-sharp and can chew through plastics, glass, thin metals, wood, and even concrete. Rats use their teeth to gnaw holes in walls and floors while both species chew through wood, vinyl and metal sidings, plastic and cardboard containers, and wiring.
When you notice a rodent running across the room, it is likely a Norway rat, a roof rat, a house mouse, or a deer mouse. Norway rats have a long 7 to 9 1/2-inch body, brown fur interspersed with black hairs on the top and a grey or white belly. These rodents are social pests, which means they live alongside other Norway rats. So, if you find one Norway rat nest, you will likely find two or three more nearby. Norway rats are comfortable living outdoors, burrowing into the soil underneath trash piles, concrete slabs, and woodpiles in fields and farmlands. They will attempt to enter Syracuse homes when outdoor food and water supplies are scarce. Although Norway rats may move into the attic, they are more likely to reside in lower levels and basements due to their lumbering bodies. Once inside a house, they create nests underneath debris and undisturbed materials.
As their name suggests, roof rats are climbers that live in the upper levels and attics of homes. These rodents have a long, thin 6 to 8-inch body and scaly tail that adds 6 to 8 inches. They have the same body colors as their Norway rat cousins, with the additional possibility of a black furry belly. Roof rats are social creatures and tend to forage with other roof rats and live near each other in nests. These rodents live outside in sheltered locations underneath woodpiles, debris, and dense vegetation. They enter Syracuse homes using tree branches and shrubbery that touch the house and follow incoming pipes and wires.
While rats may be your problem, there is a higher chance that you have house mice inside your Syracuse home. House mice have a 2 1/2 to 3 3/4-inch round, dusty grey body with a cream-colored belly and a 2 3/4 to 4-inch furry tail. Like Norway and roof rats, house mice are social creatures that live in groups. Unlike rats, house mice have a social hierarch structure led by a dominating male mouse. Although they can survive outdoors, house mice prefer to live inside structures. When they enter Syracuse homes, they create nests from fabrics, insulation, packing materials, etc., in dark, secluded areas.
Deer mice, or white-footed mice, have a 5 to 8-inch brown body (including the bi-colored tail) with a white belly and feet. These rodents are not as common in urban areas in Syracuse but prefer to live in grasslands, forests, and pasturelands, where they build nests in old fence posts and tree hollows. Homes located in rural areas are more likely to encounter deer mice living underneath decks, wood piles, garages, and sheds. When they enter a house, they build nests inside wall voids, storage boxes, and drawers in the basement and crawl space.
Although these various types of rodents infest Syracuse homes, they are no match for RodentX Wildlife Control. Our technicians are rodent experts who know how to handle every rodent species that causes homeowners problems.
Why Rodent Control Matters: Protecting Your Home And Health
Rodents are filthy creatures. These animals forage in sewers, drains, trash, and compost piles, and on animal feces. Their oily fur attracts bacteria and viruses as they move through these locations and eat rotting plant and animal matter. Not only do disease-causing organisms grow and flourish in these giant Petri dishes, but fleas, ticks, and other parasitic insects wait for rodents to use them as vehicles.
Rodents not only have parasitic insects in their fur and pathogens sticking to their coat, but they also ingest the disease-causing organisms growing on the decaying foods. When rodents enter a house and forage at night, they urinate and defecate on surfaces and inside cabinets and drawers. They also leave feces in their nesting areas inside walls, appliances, and underneath debris. Because rodents need to chew on nearby objects to keep their teeth trim and sharp, they leave infected saliva on food storage containers, furniture, and other items in the home. Contact with a rodent through scratching, handling, and biting are ways they spread disease to homeowners.
House and deer mice spread hantavirus, leptospirosis, tularemia, salmonellosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) to humans. Rats transmit some of the same diseases; they also transmit rat-bite fever, tularemia, salmonellosis, jaundice, cowpox virus, and trichinosis. The parasitic insects hitchhiking on rodents relay many of these same diseases when they bite pets and humans. In addition to these diseases, dried fecal matter can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks as humans inhale the particle-filled tainted air in the home.
RodentX Wildlife Control protects your family by preventing future rodent infestations in your house and ending the current rodent problem.
Outdoor Defense: Landscaping Strategies To Deter Rodents
The reality is that we cannot eliminate all the things we do not like in this world. As much as we'd like to remove rodents from our surroundings, that is not a reality. Rodents are a part of our world, so we must learn to manage the situation. The best way to stop a future rodent problem in your Syracuse home is to deter rodents from staying on your property.
Apply these rodent prevention tips to discourage rodents from nesting outside your house:
- Eliminate debris and trash from the yard
- Pick up animal feces and rotting fruit
- Prune tree branches and shrubs away from the home
- Provide drainage to gutters, low-lying areas, and ditches
- Clean up vegetation overgrowth
- Mow grass short
- Cover compost piles
- Keep garbage containers covered
- Replace rotting fence posts
- Remove decaying tree stumps
Maintaining a dry, clean property will deter rodents that wander onto your land from staying there. Failure to do these things results in rodents nesting outside your house and ultimately inside your home when they need to find additional food sources.
When a RodentX Wildlife Control technician inspects your home for rodent control, we can offer additional suggestions for your location.
Professional Rodent Control: Why Expertise Matters
Because rodents are social creatures, for every rodent you see inside your Syracuse home, there are likely many more hiding inside wall voids, underneath appliances, etc. Many rodents reproduce rapidly, so purchasing a few traps from the local store will not solve your problem. To end the rodent problem in your Syracuse home, you need rodent control near you from RodentX Wildlife Control.
We will inspect your home to identify the rodent species infesting your house, entry points, attractants, and hot spots. A trained and certified technician will install and monitor the appropriate traps and baits to capture existing rodents. We provide exclusion services to prevent rodents from entering the home. Because rodents leave feces throughout the house and nesting areas, we provide sanitation services to restore air quality and eliminate exposure to pathogen-filled grease marks. We offer remediation services since rodents often destroy the insulation in the attic, basement, and crawl spaces.
Contact us today to learn more about our residential and commercial wildlife control services in Syracuse and to schedule your free inspection.
What Our Customers Are Saying
"Professional service from the first call to the finished job and inspections. They were always on time, and respected us and our property as they replaced all insulation in the attic and some in the basement. They filled all the entry points and we have no more unwanted pests."
"They were professional right from the start. They removed contaminated insulation and replaced all the insulation in the attic. They sealed up all entry points, so no more bats/squirrels can get in. I would certainly recommend RodentX!"
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