What are rodents?

All rodents in the order Rodentia have something in common, not what they eat, where they nest, or how they behave, but their continually growing front incisors. They use the incisors for eating, gnawing, and protecting themselves from predators. A rodent's front teeth are a significant lifeline, and to keep their teeth healthy, they are constantly chewing on objects they come across to stop them from overgrowing.

There are many different rodent species worldwide; in fact, rodents make up the largest groups of mammals. Many species live far away from people, but some, including mice and rats, have learned to live near humans. In our area, house mice, roof rats, and Norway rats have become a problem for home and business owners. They gain their basic necessities from our properties.

close up of a rodent

Are rodents dangerous?

When rodents decide to move into your home to forage for food or to nest, they bring many problems with them. They chew through wires, pipes, and cables as they move throughout your home, triggering short circuits, fires, or causing water damage. They will also use their teeth to chew through furniture, walls, cabinets, and floors.

As rodents move about your home, they leave behind trails of excrement, contaminating food prep areas, and your family's food with bacteria and pathogens that can make you quite ill. Both rats or mice can spread salmonella, hantavirus, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), tularemia, and more. Rodents may also cause you to lose sleep as you hear their running and scratching sounds behind walls and above ceilings.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Norway rats, roof rats, and mice have learned to live close to people; they can become a problem almost anywhere, including inside houses, apartment buildings, restaurants, warehouses, crop fields, schools, grocery stores, or anywhere else offering them food and shelter. Rodents can become an unwanted visitors, no matter the season. If it is too hot and dry outside, they may move indoors, looking for water and cooler temperatures. When outdoor temperatures become too cold and food is scarce, they move inside to forage for food and nesting sites.

Where will I find rodents?

Yards with lots of landscaping, tall grass, gardens, lawn debris, and storage areas are susceptible to rodent activity because these places offer lots of places to hide and move to and from their nest to food sources safely. Common foraging sites for rodents include gardens, fruit trees, trash cans, compost bins, and bird feeders. Urban areas experience a lot of problems with rodents because there are so many places for them to hide and so much food for them to fill their bellies.

Inside our homes, rodents nest in various places:

  • Agile roof rats like to nest up off the ground in attics, roof eaves, wall voids, and upper cabinets.
  • Norway rats prefer to nest at ground level, and you may find them in basements, walls voids, under furniture, and in the bottom of closets.
  • Mice create nests in any dark, quiet space behind appliances, in boxes, behind wall voids, above ceilings, inside attics, and in basements.

How do I get rid of rodents?

With over 44 years in the pest control industry, trust National Exterminating Company with your pest control needs. We know how stressful problems with rodents can be and are here to help! We will completely eliminate rodents from your home or business with our quality services, exceptional customer service, and attention to detail.

Using low-impact, environmentally friendly products, we provide our customers with trustworthy, long-term rodent control solutions. If you are ready to maintain a rodent-free property, contact National Exterminating Company today. Reach out to us to schedule your free inspection and consultation!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Don't allow rodents to take over your home or yard; with our professional services and the following tips, you can reduce rodent populations around your Tidewater, Hampton Roads, or Southside Virginia property:

  • Remove overgrown shrubbery from the sides of your house. It provides an excellent hideout for rodents and gives them the ability to move in and out of your home unseen.
  • Closely examine your foundation, exterior walls, doors, and windows; if you notice any gaps or openings, use appropriate materials to seal these openings.
  • Store trash cans and compost bins away from the sides of your home and make sure both have locking lids on them.
  • Maintain gardens and fruit trees to prevent mice and rats from feeding on them.
  • Remove bird feeders from your yard or place them as far away from your home's exterior as possible.
  • Regularly vacuum floors and wipe down counters to remove food debris from your home that make rodents feel welcome.

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