What are rodents?

Rats and mice are the two most common types of rodents people experience in their homes. However, because of their territorial nature, you will likely never have both on your Havertown property simultaneously.

Mice

  • Small, round bodies
  • Large ears
  • Thin tail covered in hair

Rats

  • Long bodies
  • Small ears
  • Thick, hairless tails

Rodents are known for chewing because they need to keep their teeth from growing too long as they never stop growing.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous pests. When they infest a property, they carry many germs and pathogens that can make people sick.

Here are the dangers of having rodents inside your home:

  • Spreading diseases
  • Spreading parasites like fleas, ticks, and mites
  • Contaminating food and surfaces with germs
  • Leaving droppings, saliva, and shed hair

These pests can also cause staining and damage as they chew through many different types of materials.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

As with many other pests people have to deal with, rodents are opportunistic, taking advantage of the many easily accessible resources. These are some of the things that might be attracting rodents to your home:

  • Food sources like crumbs, pet food, poorly stored food, garbage, and bird feeders
  • Water sources like leaking pipes, pet bowls, fountains, and birdbaths
  • Harborage areas like cluttered storage areas and overgrown and debris-littered yards
  • Entry points like cracks and crevices in the foundations, gaps around windows and doors, uncovered vents, and damaged screens

These factors make your property less conducive to these pests, but there are things you can do to make it less attractive to them.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents are most often a problem in kitchens and eating areas because of their easy access to food. However, these pests usually try to avoid people and are nocturnal, so you might not see them right away. In many cases, rodents will find a place to nest, such as in an attic, basement, inside walls, cupboards, and other similar areas.

How do I get rid of rodents?

If you have a rodent problem in your home, you shouldn't try to get rid of them on your own because of the dangers they pose and the many steps necessary to eliminate them effectively.

To get rid of rodents and prevent them from returning, you need to:

  • Identify the particular species you are dealing with.
  • Find where they are getting inside.
  • Locate the food sources and other factors that are attracting them.

So instead of trying to become a rodent expert overnight, you can contact Cunningham Pest Control. We have the skills and experience needed to treat a rodent infestation. We offer quarterly residential pest services and single-visit treatments depending on your needs.

Our comprehensive and cost-effective quarterly plan provides an annual termite inspection, free emergency visits, and more. In comparison, our single-visit treatments come with interior and exterior options and are customized to handle the pest problem you are experiencing. You can find out more about our residential pest control and commercial pest control plans by contacting Cunningham Pest Control.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Whether you get a one-time service or ongoing protection from professionals, you will also want to reduce the factors attracting rodents to your property.

You can deter rodents by eliminating food and water sources, harborage areas, and entry points.

With the assistance of experts, you can be on your way to a rodent-free home, so call Cunningham Pest Control today to get started.