Are you having trouble with rodents in Houston? Are your attempts to control rodents falling short of your goals? Don't worry; we have you covered. In this quick guide from All-Safe Pest & Termite, you'll learn how to identify common rodents and their warning signs. We will also examine the trouble rodents cause, how you can use these problems to track activity, and what professionals do to deal with rodent problems. We'll also share our best proactive rodent prevention tips.
You'll find all the information you need here for dealing with rodents, and you won't have to struggle anymore. If you have a question about a Houston rodent problem and want a specific answer, we're here if you need us. We can also schedule a service visit if you'd like. All-Safe Pest & Termite is your source for professional rodent control in Houston.
How To Identify Common Types Of Rodents In Houston
Rodents are common, but most people only actually see one kind of rodent in Houston; the rest try to hide on us. They are the bushy tail rodents that scramble up trees, leap from tree to tree, and scurry across power lines. Squirrels have no trouble being active during the day when you can see them. That is not the case for rats and mice. They are nocturnal rodents. Let's take a look at each of these pests and consider a few important facts.
Squirrels have dark eyes, long bodies, and a long, bushy tail that often curls and runs up its body. How do you know that you have a squirrel problem? The warning sign of a squirrel problem is not the appearance of squirrels in your yard. They're common yard visitors and often of no threat to people or property. The warning sign that squirrels are causing trouble is damage to your screens, soffits, and other building materials. But, overall, you don't have too much to worry about with these rodents. They're happy to feed on seeds, nuts, and other natural food sources found outdoors.
Roof rats have dark eyes, stout bodies, black fur, and a thick tail that is the same length as the body. How do you know you have a roof rat problem? These rats commonly get into attic spaces. If you inspect your attic, you may find black droppings sprinkled about, a scent of urine, soft nests, or these rodents lurking.
Norway rats have dark eyes, stout bodies, brown fur, and a thick tail that is the same length as its body. These rodents have a strong connection with the soil. They like to live underneath sheds and dig burrows in the ground under junk piles. If you have a Norway rat problem, you'll likely find their droppings along the exterior of your home and underneath landscape vegetation. You may also see black marks around foundational gaps. If you see this sign, you probably have rats going in and out of your house.
House mice have dark eyes, small bodies, brown or dark fur, and a long, thin tail the same length as the body. These are the most common rodents in the world. They love indoors and can take to living inside permanently. Some offspring of house mice never see the outdoors. Look for droppings, soft nests, and damage in dark, secluded places within your home.
Deer mice have dark eyes, small bodies, tawny fur on top, white fur underneath, and long, thin tails. These little rodents are common inside barns and sheds. They don't like living in houses, though they will if the conditions are right. You'll know you have a problem with these rats if you find tiny holes that lead into a shed or barn or their droppings or soft, puffy nests. A common location for deer mice nests in sheds or barns is inside the drawers of stored furniture.
When you find rodent activity, the next step is to consider what it means to have rodents on your property. Let's quickly look at the ramifications and why you'll want to do the hard work of rodent control sooner rather than later.
Rodents Spread Disease And Damage Property
It is easy to let rodent control sit on the back burner. We hope you don't because that burner is hot, and things inside your home can get equally hot. Rodents are known to chew on wires and get into power boxes. Their activity is a fire hazard. But, even if they didn't have this propensity, you would not want them in your home.
Here are some major problems that rodents cause:
- Rodents damage your walls, baseboards, sheetrock, and other building materials as they create access holes.
- Rodents soil your insulation with their droppings and urine and tear it up to use the soft material for their nests.
- Rodents damage items in storage by chewing on them and contaminating them with waste.
- Rodents damage clothing, carpets, blankets, couch cushions, insulation in motor vehicles, and many other things you may own as they collect materials for their nests.
- Rodents get into the trash and expose themselves to germs. They also get into kitchen and pantry food packages.
- Rodents often climb in sewers, making them a disease concern in your home.
- Rodents spread ticks and fleas, which come with their own set of problems.
It is best to keep your home free of rodent activity. How do you do it? Let's start with some proactive tips that make your yard less interesting to rodents and your home hard for even the tiniest rodent to invade.
Proactive Tips To Prevent Mice In Your Home
When it comes to dealing with rodents, we suggest proactive prevention rather than having to deal with rodent control. It is far better to apply prevention than to attempt to control these critters. Far too often, we see residents trapped in a never-ending battle with rats and mice.
Both rats and mice reproduce incredibly fast. A couple of rodents can give rise to a population of thousands in just one year. Here are some tips to help you prevent rodent problems in your home so you don't have to trap and remove them. We'll focus on mice as they are tiny rodents. When dealing with rats, all you need to do is think bigger. Let's look at some prevention tips that will help:
- Pick up clutter in your yard to make it harder for mice to navigate.
- Remove objects near your home that mice may hide under or inside.
- Cut grass, remove weeds, and trim your landscaping to reduce cover for mice.
- Clean your trash receptacles and remove trash weekly to reduce smells that attract mice.
- Remove bird feeders or reposition them so mice don't search for food next to your home.
- Remove piled cardboard or store it in a bin.
- Use a caulking gun to apply a seal around windows and doors or to fill in cracks, gaps, or holes.
- Use expanding foam to fill large structural cavities that a mouse might use to enter your home.
- Trim branches that hang near your roofline.
- Apply wire mesh over your downspouts.
- Install rodent guards on pipes or power lines that provide access to your roof.
- Replace weatherstripping on doors and install door sweeps.
Keeping mice and other rodents out of your home is hard work but is worth the sweat. They are terrible house guests. If you don't have a rodent infestation yet, now is the time to start thinking about how you might address vulnerabilities and attractants. Remember, you're never alone. A pest management professional can help shoulder the burden of rodent control.
The Pros To Know For The Best Rodent Control For Your Home
Your All-Safe Pest & Termite team knows all about Houston rodents. Our technicians are not only highly trained; they have a lot of experience dealing with rats and mice. When you contact us for rodent control, there are a few things you can expect during your service visit:
- We'll perform an inspection to evaluate the nature and level of your infestation and track down rodent entry points, routes, and nests.
- We'll deploy traps in key areas to collect the rodents inside your house and remove them. These traps also help to monitor rodent activity. When combined with follow-up inspections, you can be certain your home is free of rodent activity.
- We'll apply professional-grade materials as needed to block entry. Exclusion work like this provides long-lasting support for rodent prevention.
- We'll deploy bait traps around the exterior of your home if rodent pressures and populations need reduction.
Rodent control is a scientific process. If you want the best results, it pays to have an experienced pest management professional handle the job. It's also a tough job, and having someone else take care of it is nice. When you see evidence that common rodents in Houston are finding their way into your home, call us. Your All-Safe Pest & Termite team looks forward to helping you select Houston pest control services to solve your problem and relieve your rodent woes.