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What are rodents?

Rodents come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the small 2 ½ to 3 ¾ inch long house mouse, to the rather large roof rat at 16 inches from snout to tail. All rodents share one major thing in common, and that is the way their front incisor teeth never stop growing. This constant growth leaves rodents with another thing in common, a never-ending need to chew. This becomes a major problem when these nibblers find their way into our homes. Here in Delaware and surrounding states, we have four common rodent home invaders including the already mentioned house mouse and roof rat, along with Norway rats, and voles.

two small brown haired rodents staring out from under a stone

Are rodents dangerous?

The answer to this question is simply yes, rodents are dangerous in a number of ways. For one, all rodents have the ability to transmit a variety of diseases to the occupants of the homes and businesses they invade. Some of the many diseases that rodents are known to carry include:

  • Hantavirus

  • Hemorrhagic Fever

  • Leptospirosis

  • Lymphocytic Chorio-Meningitis

  • Rat-Bite Fever

  • Salmonellosis

  • Plague

Due to rodents' constant need to chew, when they invade homes, they threaten any property or structure that is in their way. Minor cases of this include biting holes through walls or cardboard boxes. Major cases include biting through electrical wiring, causing short circuits or even electrical fires!

Finally, rodents are filthy creatures that spend a good amount of their time wandering around in sewers and garbage. Keep in mind that rodents are foraging creatures. If they're living inside your home, they'll come out and snack on our stored foods at night, and it’s easy to see the risk of contamination and sickness that could follow.

Where are rodents commonly found?

When living out in nature, rodents most commonly live in underground burrows to help protect themselves and their young from predators. However, when living inside our homes, rodents can be found living in a variety of different areas including attic and basement areas, wall voids, and storage areas.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents invade homes for four reasons: food, water, shelter, and during the colder months, warmth. If you have rodents taking up residence in your home, that means that your home is providing them with the necessities they need to survive. Oftentimes, rodents do not invade homes to find these things, but instead will wander inside and find everything they need. They will seek out piles of boxes, newspapers, and other materials to create their nests. Wall voids are prime spaces for rodents to nest in; they are attracted to the food scraps found under appliances or in food storage areas and are attracted to leaks or water build-up to help them stay hydrated.

How do I get rid of rodents?

If rodents have invaded your home, the best way to get them out is with the help of the professionals here at Green Pest Management. Our methods have been proven to remove and exclude rodents both efficiently and effectively. Our residential and commercial pest control plans are custom built for each home or business we service. If you are looking for a trusted solution to your rodent problem, give the professional pest technicians here at Green Pest Management a call!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

The best thing you can do to prevent future rodents from invading is to reduce easily accessible food sources in and around your home, and to seal off points of entry rodents could use to get inside. Beyond this, the only surefire way to keep rodents out of your home or business is by partnering with the professional pest technicians here at Green Pest Management. For more information or to get started today, reach out to us today at Green Pest Management and let us help you find freedom from pests!

Helpful Rodent Articles

New Castle Homeowners Guide To Fall Pest Prevention

Delaware Homeowners Guide To Making Your Property Less Attractive To Rodents


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