What are rodents?
Rodents are a type of mammal and, like other living creatures, if given the opportunity, will take advantage of any space that offers them easy access to food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, our yards and homes often fit the bill. Rodents live worldwide, and many have learned how to benefit from living with people.
Mice and rats are examples of the different rodents that commonly find their way to our South Carolina yards and into our homes. The most stress-free way to avoid rodent problems is to partner with a professional. At Priority Pest And Contracting, we are proud to offer exceptional rodent control in Anderson, providing effective services and superior customer support!
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents are part of the order Rodentia, and all species have continuously growing front incisors. To keep their teeth sharp and to prevent them from overgrowing, they constantly gnaw. Rodents are known for being able to cause significant damage to plants and the structure of our homes because of their gnawing habits. Rodents are destructive pests, and keeping them at bay is essential to stop them from causing extensive and expensive damage to your property.
Another reason rodents should always be discouraged from living with people is their ability to spread diseases, bacteria, and parasites to food and surfaces that can make us ill. Food waste is a huge concern when it comes to rodents; any food touched by rodents needs to be discarded immediately.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents typically become a problem in our yards after being attracted by bird feeders, pet food, open trash cans, gardens, and outdoor eating areas.
While rodents prefer to live outside, if the outside temperatures become too hot or cold or there is a lack of food, they will migrate, often into our homes. Once inside, they hang out in quiet, less traveled areas, meaning it can take some time to notice that you have new unwanted roommates.
Knowing the signs of a rodent problem can help you discover a problem before you find yourself sharing your home with a large family of rodents. Some signs of a rodent infestation include?
- Finding rodent droppings along walls, on the bottoms of closets or cabinets, in drawers, or in food containers.
- Finding gnaw marks on cabinets, floors, walls, and boxes.
- Hearing scratching or running sounds behind walls or above ceilings at night.
- Finding holes in food containers, walls, or furniture.
- Noticing a foul, musty odor has developed in an area of your home.
At the first sign of rodents in your home, don’t ponder how to get rid of rodents from your house; immediately call a pest professional for assistance.
Where will I find rodents?
Once rodents enter a home, they quickly locate a safe, sheltered place to build their nest. They hang out around their nest during the day and forage for food and nesting materials at night.
Some of the most common places we find nesting sites in South Carolina homes include wall voids, vents, the backs of cabinets and drawers, behind large pieces of furniture or appliances, and within upholstered furniture or storage boxes.
In addition to our homes, people regularly discover rodent activity in sheds, garages, greenhouses, and other outbuildings.
How do I get rid of rodents?
One of the most challenging pests to keep out of our homes and frustrating pests to have in our homes are rodents. Don’t try to maintain a rodent-free home on your own; partner with a local professional that can provide effective, year-round pest control services. Here at Priority Pest And Contracting, we are committed to ridding South Carolina homes of rodents and providing the support necessary to maintain a home that is free of rodents and other common household pests.
To learn more about rodent control, contact us today!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Use the following prevention tips to keep rodents from thinking your Anderson property is somewhere they want to live.
- Stop rodents from filling their bellies with your family’s trash by keeping locking lids on trash cans.
- Regularly harvest fruits and vegetables from gardens.
- Don’t leave uneaten pet food out, and remove bird feeders from your yard.
- Cut back overgrown vegetation from your home to keep rodents from moving unseen in and out of your home.
- Seal common entry points like holes in the foundation, gaps under doors, torn screens, open chimneys, and spaces around utilities entering your home.
The above tips and our effective rodent control service are the best ways to keep rodents out of your Anderson home. To learn more about residential and commercial rodent control, call today!
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