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Rodent Control Methods in Hackettstown, NJ; Disease Rodents Spread, Behavior of Rats & Mice, Prevention Tips & More

Rodents are characterized by a single pair of unremittingly growing incisors in each of the lower jaws. Rodents make up about forty percent of all mammal species. They are found in vast numbers on all continents except Antarctica. They are the most diverse mammalian order and live in a variety of terrestrial habitats including man-made environments.

What Animals Are Considered Rodents

Some rodent species are arboreal, fossorial (burrowing), and semiaquatic. Well known rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, prairie dogs, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, hamsters, and capybaras. Animals like rabbits, hares and pikas were once included in the list of rodent species, but are now considered to be part of a separate order.

Behavior of Rats & Mice

house mouseMost rodents are small animals with robust bodies, short limbs and long tails. They use their sharp incisors to gnaw on food, excavate burrows and defend themselves. Their diet consists of seeds or other plant material, but some have more varied diets. Rodents are typically social and many species live in societies with complex ways to communicate with each other. They chew on a variety of items available to them and cause great damage in and around the house. Rodents are rapid breeders and some species will breed all year-round. Populations are maintained through constant reproduction. They are capable of squeezing through the smallest of spaces, often appearing to be much too small for them. Rats and mice are extremely destructive in agricultural communities.

What Diseases do Rodents Carry?

Rat scratches and bites can result in rat-bite fever and other diseases. The feces and urine of some rodents may contaminate surfaces that they come into contact with illnesses such as leptospirosis which can result in kidney and liver damage. It is important to never handle any wild rodent as they have large teeth and are capable of transmitting a variety of bacteria, viruses and diseases through their saliva, feces and urine. Complications include cardiovascular problems as well as liver and renal failure.

Rodent Prevention Tips

Prevention methods should be started early to maintain a rodent-free home. Rodent populations reproduce very quickly, and small populations become full-blown infestations in very little time. Keep any food sources away from rodents. Small crumbs and garbage are very popular sources of infestation, as are dry goods like grains and cereals. These should be stored in sealed metal or glass containers to prevent contamination. Fruits and vegetables should be stored properly, and resulting waste should never be left in sinks or in countertops. Cardboard is very attractive to rodents as they like to chew it up and use it for their nests. All entryways into the home should be sealed to prevent re-entry of rodents. Sometimes you’ll need the help of your neighbors in cleaning and preventative measures for effective control as close living quarters allow for room to grow.

Rodent Removal

Homeowners may try a variety of repellents such as mothballs or even essential oils to get rid of rodents, but these are not capable of addressing full-blown infestations. Rodents are one of the most adaptable creatures on the planet and can be extremely difficult to exterminate. Rodent infestations cause considerable damage to infested buildings and local agriculture. In order to protect your home or business and the health of you and your family from existing infestations, you need to contact the professionals at Fall Guys Lawn & Pest Control. We are trained to address current infestation and prevent future infestations.

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