What are rodents?
Rodents such as mice and rats are some of Connecticut's most common home-invading pests. Norwegian rats, field mice, and house mice are three common rodents found in our area. Below are some facts about each of these rodents:
- Norwegian rats are also known as Norway or brown rats. They have brown fur with black hair scattered throughout. This species is long and heavy, growing between 7 and 9 ½ inches long with a tail that adds 6 to 8 more inches. Field mice are gray or brown with a white underbelly. They are between 3 and 4 inches long with a 2 to 4-inch hairless tail.
- House mice gray with a lighter underbelly. They grow between 2 ½ and 3 ¾ inches long with a 2 to 4-inch long tail.
The one characteristic that all rodents share is a pair of incisors that never stop growing, so they are constantly chewing. The best way to keep rodents from damaging your home is by establishing a regular home pest control program.
Are rodents dangerous?
Mice and rats are two problematic pests that no one wants in their home. These pests are known for chewing through just about anything, including pipes and wires.
Rodents can transmit diseases like rat-bite fever, rabies, hantavirus, salmonellosis, plague, tularemia, and more. They can also spread mites, fleas, and ticks and contaminate food and surfaces.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Mice and rats have lived close to humans for thousands of years, during which they have come to rely on people for food and other resources they need to survive. If you see signs of mice and rats on your property, it is likely because they have found a way inside, somewhere safe to nest, and accessible food sources.
Where will I find rodents?
Rodents are opportunistic, so they usually get into homes while searching for food. Because of this, people often find signs of them close to the kitchen. However, these pests prefer to keep their distance from people, making their nests inside walls, cabinets, storage areas, and under appliances.
Although they usually stick close to food sources, rodents can make their way throughout a house, so look for chew marks, paw prints, grease marks, droppings, and urine in the areas where you think these pests are spending their time.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Getting rid of rodents is not as easy as placing baits and traps; professional assistance is usually necessary. Call Tim's Pest Control for help. Our rodent control methods in Norwalk include a thorough inspection that identifies entry points on the home's exterior and other factors that make your house attractive to these pests. We will perform exclusion work, removing entry points into the home.
Your technician will expertly place effective baits and traps, which we monitor and replace during each visit. Our residential and commercial rodent control program comes with a six-month warranty from the initial service date. Contact us at Tim's Pest Control today to learn more!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Rodents can be difficult to prevent because they are resourceful and can chew through almost anything. However, we recommend the following prevention tips to help keep these pests out:
- Make your yard less attractive by keeping it maintained, removing bird feeders and fallen fruit, using sealed bins for compost and garbage, and removing pet waste.
- Keep rodents from getting inside by repairing damaged screens, filling in holes with steel wool before sealing them, installing vent covers and chimney caps, and trimming any branches that touch your home.
- Remove food sources in your home by keeping food stored in airtight containers, removing food debris, and clearing pet food and dirty dishes each night.
Find out more rodent prevention tips by giving us a call at Tim's Pest Control!