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Rodent Identification & Prevention

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What are rodents?

Rodents are mammals that live successfully worldwide, both with and without the help of people. The mouse and rat are two of the most common rodent types that live close to people, and these pests commonly invade our structures.

We identify rats by their long, scaly, hairless tails. Mice only grow a few inches long, compared to rats, which can grow up to 12 inches. Mice have velvety fur covering their short ears and long tails. Like all rodents, mice and rats have continuously growing front incisors. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, they constantly chew on anything they can wrap their mouth around, including wires, cables, PVC pipes, drywall, and furniture.

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Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous pests. In addition to the destruction rodents cause with their teeth, rodents spread human pathogens, parasites, and allergens. They pose significant health risks and trigger allergies.

The longer rodents are on your property, the bigger their population will become and the more damage they will cause. Rodents are a serious threat to health and property. At Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control, we understand how serious a rodent infestation is and our rodent control in Waldorf will help you keep these dangerous pests away from your property and family.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are driven to our properties by the promise of food, water, and shelter. Things found in most of our yards that will catch the attention of rodents include bird feeders, trash cans, compost piles, gardens, outdoor eating areas, and harborage spots. Tall grass, woodpiles, yard debris, garages, and sheds offer rodents a safe place to call home.

When rodent populations are high, harsh weather conditions are present, or there is a lack of food; rodents won't hesitate to seek relief in our homes. Most rodents are agile and can find their way into our home by climbing into and crawling through gaps in the foundation, vents, drains, and openings around windows and doors. Chimneys and holes along the roof line are other common entry points

Where will I find rodents?

Rats and mice compete for resources, so they typically won't invade the same property simultaneously. Whether it's mice or rats that have found their way into your house, you must take immediate action because rodents multiply quickly.

Rodents in Maryland are active year-round and can find their way into our homes at any time of the year. In our region, they tend to be especially problematic in the late fall and early winter when our temperatures are at their lowest, and there are fewer places outside to forage for food.

Some of the most common places to find nesting rats and mice inside our homes include wall voids, chimneys, the backs of cabinets and closets, and behind large appliances or pieces of furniture.

How do I get rid of rodents?

At Mike's Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control, we understand how destructive rodents are to Maryland properties. We want to work with you to remove these unwanted guests and prevent them from coming back. Through detailed inspections, a comprehensive initial treatment, and follow-up services, we will make it clear to rodents that they are no longer welcome. For information about our effective rodent control services and how to effectively get rid of rodents, call today.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

To prevent a rodent infestation, removing as many entry points as possible is essential. Use the following tips to keep rodents out of your home:

  • Repair or replace damaged screens or weatherstripping.
  • Install door sweeps.
  • Repair roof damage.
  • Keep caps on chimneys.
  • Place mesh covers over vents and drains.
  • Regularly inspect your home's exterior and make repairs as necessary.

To implement professional rodent control services, contact us now. 

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Mike and his crew were very professional, conscientious and proficient. All aspects of the work performed were explained and carried out exactly as agreed. I will have absolutely no reservations of using them in the future!

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