Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents are common pests that invade homes and businesses across Utah throughout the entire year. Rats, mice, gophers, and voles are examples of rodents that live in our area of the country. Rodents have varied diets, behaviors, and nesting habits depending on their species. Their primary role in the ecosystem is acting as prey for other larger animals.

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Rodents, no matter the size or shape, all have one thing in common: front incisors that continuously grow throughout their life. They use their front incisors for eating and defense. To keep these teeth from overgrowing, they are constantly gnawing on objects they come across, making them damaging pests to have living on any property.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are not only dangerous, but they are also damaging and annoying pests when they're living in or around our Utah homes or businesses. They chew through and damage electrical wires, pipes, cables, drywall, furniture, and our personal belongings. These creatures also contaminate food and surfaces with their urine, feces, and bacteria that they carry on their bodies and legs, spreading diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and salmonella.

Parasites that live on a rodent's body, such as fleas and ticks, spread their own set of diseases to people. Additionally, a rodent's feeding habits cause damage to plants, grass, trees, vegetables, fruits, and other vegetation in our yards.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

The main reason that rodents initially become a problem on a property is that it offers them easy access to food sources. The more food a property offers, the more it will attract rodents. Rodents forage for food in gardens, trash cans, compost, fruit trees, and even from our pet's food bowls. Also, because rodents are prey for many animals, they are attracted to properties that offer them plenty of secluded shelters to hide and nest in.

Where will I find rodents?

Where rodents live depends on their species. Voles prefer to live outside and are rarely ever found inside our homes or businesses. They live in the grass found in fields, yards, and similar areas. They create shallow burrows in the ground to hide their food and keep them hidden.

  • Gophers create tunnels and live in the soft soil underneath our yards and gardens. Gophers are another type of rodent that is an outdoor pest, rarely moving indoors.

  • Rats and mice are species of rodents that live both outside and inside our homes and other buildings. Outside, mice and rats nest and hide in a variety of areas like gardens, tall grass, woodpiles, between rocks, tree stumps, along riverbanks, and under fallen trees. Inside, they nest in sheltered, quiet areas such as behind walls, in attics, in crawlspaces, and basements. They also nest in our closets, kitchen cabinets, under sinks, and behind large appliances.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Get rid of rodents with the help of the professionals at Premier Pest Control. Our professionals go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our customers. Trust our customized pest control services to eliminate current pest problems and prevent them from returning.

We are a local, family-owned company dedicated to exceeding expectations and treating every home like it's our own. To learn more about protecting your Iron County, Beaver County, or Washington County, Utah home or business from rodents, reach out to Premier Pest Control today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Prevent problems with rodents the easy way by partnering with Premier Pest Control! It is also important to implement the following prevention tips to avoid issues with rodents:

  • Use caulk to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Repair any loose door or window screens.

  • Cut tree branches away from the exterior of your home.

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins.

  • Pick up any uneaten pet food.

  • Remove fallen trees, trees stumps, and debris from your yard where rodents can hide.

  • Keep the grass cut short and cut back overgrown vegetation from the exterior of your house.

  • Remove areas of standing water in or around your home that they can use as a source of water.

 

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