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Rodent Identification

What are rodents?

Rodents make up the largest group of animals and vary in size, shape, and behavior by species. Something that connects all rodents are their continuously growing front incisors. In order to stop their front teeth from overgrowing, rodents are constantly gnawing on objects they come across, whether that be in our California yards or homes.

More than 1,500 species live globally, and as we have taken over more of the outdoor spaces available, rodents have learned to live with us. Rodents have become one of the most common household pests in Orange County that most people will have to contend with at some point in time.

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Are rodents dangerous?

When rodents find their way onto our properties, nobody is ever excited; we never celebrate the sight of rodent activity in or around our homes or businesses. While rodents may not look very dangerous, their ability to spread diseases and damage property causes them to be unsafe and unwanted.

Rodents and their teeth cause a lot of destruction to our properties. Fire and water damage is often caused by rodents chewing through wires and pipes. Other things that these pests damage with their chisel-like teeth include:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Boxes and food containers
  • Furniture
  • Rugs
  • Wood trim

Rodents regularly spread pathogens and bacteria like rat-bite fever, hantavirus, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis through their saliva, excrement, and from the surfaces of their body or feet. The ticks, fleas, and mites they have living in their fur also spread diseases that make us ill. When in our homes, rodents quickly contaminate surfaces and stored foods.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are clever creatures and will make themselves at home almost anywhere, and once they get into our homes, they don’t keep to themselves; they cause us significant problems. Rodents breed quickly and, in short order, can take over our houses.

To help identify a rodent infestation sooner rather than later, we want to provide you with a list of their most common signs.

  • Finding dark dropping in cupboards, on counters, under sinks, and on the floors along walls or cabinets
  • Seeing small holes chewed through walls, cabinets, boxes, or food containers
  • Noticing a musty odor in a particular area of your home
  • Hearing running or scratching sounds behind your walls or above its ceilings

Where will I find rodents?

You are going to discover rodent activity anywhere that food, water, and shelter are available. Unfortunately for us, most of our residential and commercial properties provide these crafty creatures with their basic needs.

Rodents will nest outside in gardens, tree hollows, woodpiles, and in areas of dense landscaping. In our structures, these shy creatures will take cover in quiet, dark areas. The backs of cabinets, pantries, and cupboards often become a place where they build nests. Basement clutter, upholstered furniture, wall voids, and roof eaves also make perfect spots for rodents to nest out of sight.

How do I get rid of rodents?

The pest professionals at Cura Termite and Pest Control protect Orange County properties from rodents and other common pests. We keep people protected and rid properties of unwanted pests using green pest control products that are safe for families and pets along with quality work, excellent communication, and commitment to solving pest problems in a manner that is safe for the environment.

Protect your home and family from unwanted, dangerous pests like rodents with the help of Cura Pest and our quality pest control solutions. If you are ready to learn more about our rodent control services and how we can partner together to protect your Orange County home or business from rodents, give us a call today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Preventing rodents is tricky. It can be frustrating to have to guard your home against these pests year after year. The best way to avoid problems with rodents is to partner with Cura Termite and Pest Control and implement some of our easy to execute rodent prevention tips:

  • When sealing spaces around wires, pipes, or other utilities, make sure to use a strong material that will hold up to a rodent’s strong, sharp teeth.
  • Get rid of clutter and debris from your yard where rodents can nest like leaf piles, grass piles, fallen trees.
  • Place metal flashing on the bottom of fruit trees and regularly harvest their fruit.
  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins to remove food sources.
  • Remove bird and other wild animal feeders from your yard.
  • Limit their access to water by repairing leaky pipes, outdoor fixtures, and dripping air conditioners.

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