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Rodent Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents

What are rodents?


Rodents make up the largest group of mammals. The most common rodents to find their way to your Maryland property and make themselves at home with you and your family are the mouse and rat.

Part of the order Rodentia, mice, rats, and all other rodents vary significantly in appearance, size, behaviors, and preferred habitats. Some rodents weigh just a few ounces, while others can weigh over a hundred pounds.

All rodents are grouped together because of a single pair of front incisors on their upper and lower jaws that grow continuously throughout their lives. These teeth are critical to rodents; they use them for defense, to feed, to gather nesting materials, and to create holes and other entrance and exit points. Rodents are constantly gnawing on anything they can get their teeth on to prevent them from overgrowing and to keep them sharp.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are the ultimate pest, and their presence is more than an inconvenience; they pose a danger to people and property.

These small mammals spread diseases and parasites, contaminate our food sources, cause food waste, and live where we do. Furthermore, rodents chew through and damage furniture, cabinets, wood trim, boxes, wires, cables, and more using their sharp front incisors.

Other problems that rodents cause include creating unpleasant odors from the build-up of urine and feces at nesting sites and allergy symptoms due to the build-up of their saliva, feces, and shed fur in your home.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are much larger than other common household pests like ants but can just as easily get into your Maryland home. Rodents are agile creatures, and some can enter our homes through spaces the diameter of a pencil. Cracks in the foundation, defects in the roofline, and open vents are common rodent entry points.

Both our indoor and outdoor spaces are attractive to rodents. They provide rodents with multiple sources of food, water, and, most importantly — safe shelter. Rodents are prey animals and do their best to create their nests in dark, quiet spaces that protect them from the prying eyes of people and larger predators.

Once rodents get into our homes, getting them out is quite frustrating. They hide in dark, difficult-to-reach areas and won't leave the safety of your home without a fight.

Where will I find rodents?

Most of the world's rodents live outside, far away from people, calling deserts, rainforests, and grasslands home. Yet, some rodents have developed a close relationship with people, and while they could survive on their own, why would they when we are offering a helping hand?

Food is the biggest attractant for these pests. They may be small in size but have high metabolisms and are always searching for reliable food sources. We regularly find rodents foraging for food from trash cans, gardens, bird feeders, and even the leftovers in our pet's bowls. Our kitchens, pantries, and outdoor eating areas also supply them with reliable food sources.

As rodents are foraging for food or searching for respite from unsuitable weather conditions, they often wind up in our homes. Common indoor nesting sites include wall voids, crawl spaces, chimneys, storage boxes, and spaces behind cabinets and large appliances.

How do I get rid of rodents?

While it may seem tempting to handle a rodent infestation on your own, the best way to get rid of rodents is with the assistance of a professional.

Here at Accutech Pest Management, we know that time is of the essence when it comes to home pest control and will work quickly to solve your home's rodent issues. With over 23 years of experience, you can trust our local, family-owned and operated company to remove rodents from your house and stop their future return.

Call now for more information about our effective rodent control strategies and your free estimate!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Prevent rodents with the help of the following easy-to-execute prevention tips.

  • Remove their easy access to outdoor food sources; keep lids on trash cans, regularly harvest gardens, and remove bird feeders.
  • Store your family's food in the fridge or air-tight containers to keep rodents away. 
  • Clean up clutter from inside and outside your home.
  • Use caulk or another material to seal your home to eliminate holes and cracks that rodents could enter through.

Search no further for "rodent control near me," Accutech Pest Management is here to help with pest control for your Pasadena, MD home.

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