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Rodents

In addition to being pizza-thieves on the streets of NYC and the reason that winter seems to be extended year after year, rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia, which are characterized by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in both the upper and lower jaws. These light-footed furry nuisances live in a variety of habitats and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.  

Disturbances can range from scratching in the walls to chewed up wires, devoured bags of cookies, and tunnels through your pristine yard. Not only can rodents cause costly issues when they invade, but they also carry diseases including leptospirosis, hantavirus, and salmonella, which can make you, your family, and your pets sick. 

From rats wrestling in the middle of the night to mice munching through your pantry to voles venturing around the yard, Greenix Pest Control has the solutions to help you get your space back. Contact our service professionals for a free inspection and get back to restful nights once again.

Why Do I Have Rodents in My Home?

Similar to many other pests, rodents head indoors in search of food, water, and shelter. If you have spills or crumbs on your floor you’re more likely to attract rodents since the food is easily accessible. However, even if you keep a tidy home there’s still a chance you could be dealing with these pests.

Because they’re warm-blooded animals, seeking a warm place to call home is a natural instinct. During winter months, rodents will make their way into your home to stay out of bitterly cold weather outside that makes their own nests uninhabitable. 

How To Identify Mice

Small in size but big into troublemaking, mice can cause great damage to your home and risk your health when they move in. These rodents are typically light brown but can be darker brown or black with smooth fur, a pointed muzzle, and large ears. They’re on the smaller side of rodents size wise, maxing out at 7 inches in length with short, hair covered tails.

How To Identify Rats

Compared to mice, rats are sizably bigger and easily distinguishable by their long, hairless tails. They can be white, gray, brown, or black and measure anywhere from 6” to 10” with tails up to 9 inches in length. If you suspect you may have an infestation but haven’t seen a critter run through your home, you can also identify an infestation from signs such as:

  • Droppings in drawers, cupboards, or under the sink
  • Signs of chewing on food packaging, including pet food bags
  • Gathered nesting materials such as shredded paper, fabric, or leaves and debris
  • Holes chewed to create entry points through walls and floors
While both mice and rats will cause issues, rats will leave bigger droppings, chew larger holes, and make more noise than their smaller rodent counterparts. In addition, rats typically only make their way into your home when pushed out of their own habitats due to blocked drains, flooded environments, or lack of food and water resources.

How To Identify Voles

Voles usually won’t make their way into your home but can cause immense damage to your yard if not managed properly. These pests tunnel their way through your pristine property with paths 1” to 2” wide on the surface but aren’t raised and have entrance holes you can see in the dirt. If you do spot a vole in your yard, they appear similar in appearance to a field mouse with short tails, small bodies, and partially hidden ears.

Voles range in size from 5 to 8 inches with large teeth used to gnaw through plant roots and systems. They can get into your home through damaged basement windows or cracks in the foundation, however it’s unusual to spot one inside.

Rodent Prevention Tips

The best way you can keep uninvited pests out of your home is removing food sources, water, and shelter opportunities that attract them inside. It’s also important to target possible entry points to prevent them from coming in, including:

  • Replacing ripped or torn window screens
  • Sealing gaps around your foundation
  • Ensuring your crawl space is well ventilated and routinely inspected

Rodent Control With Greenix Pest Control

Whether you need help managing mice, wrangling rats, or vacating voles from your property, Greenix Pest Control has your back. With a trusted 5-step process that promises lasting results, you, your home, and your family will be in good hands with our service pros.

Give us a call or contact us today for a free inspection and assistance in identifying what type of rodent is wreaking havoc in your home. We’ll develop a personalized plan for the pest issues you’re facing and check back regularly to make sure when pests are sent packing, they’re not issued a return ticket.

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  • Ants
  • Wasps
  • Spiders
  • Roaches
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Silverfish
  • Stinkbugs
  • Pillbugs
  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Mites

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