Rodent Identification Guide

What are rodents?

Rodents are a type of mammal, and are annoying, dangerous, and damaging pests when living near people. With over 1,500 rodents species living worldwide they vary in size, behavior, and food preferences. All rodents, no matter the species, have front incisors that grow from their top and bottom jaw. Because these teeth grow continuously, and to prevent them from overgrowing, rodents constantly gnaw on most objects they come across.

a closeup of a mouse sitting on the forest floor

Common species of rodents that live in our area of Georgia and invade our homes and businesses are mice, Norway rats, and roof rats.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents create health hazards for people, and they are very damaging to structures and our personal belongings. Rodents spread diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis through direct contact. Also, the parasites like fleas and ticks that they carry on their backs can spread even more diseases.

Rodents create extensive, costly, and potentially dangerous damage to the structures of homes and other buildings. They chew through wires, insulation, pipes, flooring, drywall, and ductwork. Their presence in a home may lead to short circuits, water damage, and fires. Rodents also damage personal property (clothing, furniture) and contaminate food sources with their chewing and feeding habits.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Properties with abundant food sources are most attractive to rodents. As our habitats have merged, many species of rodents, including mice, Norway rats, and roof rats, have come to rely on people for some of their food and shelter needs. They forage for food inside of trash cans, compost piles, pet food bowls, bird feeders, fruit trees, and gardens.

Rodents move inside our homes to escape harsh weather or while foraging for food. Cracks in the foundation, spaces under doors, chimneys, and holes along the roofline provide them with entry points.

Where will I find rodents?

Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice are species of rodents that live successfully both outside and inside of homes and other structures. Common places where rodents choose to nest outside include parks, fields, yards, gardens, and wooded areas.

  • Norway rats like to nest outside in burrows. They burrow in garbage piles, under woodpiles, and concrete slabs and foundations. Norway rats aren’t great climbers, so they enter buildings at ground level and tend to stay there. Inside, Norway rats nest in basements, crawl spaces, and behind wall voids.

  • Roof rats live together in colonies and prefer to nest up off of the ground. They nest in trees and dense shrubbery, as well as woodpiles or vegetation near or next to foundations. Inside, these excellent climbers prefer to live in attics, chimneys, and spaces above ceilings.

  • House mice, as their name describes, are common invaders into our homes. Inside they nest in a variety of places such as crawl spaces, behind walls, in basements, in the backs of cabinets, in upholstered furniture, and attics. They also nest outside in tree stumps, fallen trees, tall grasses, and dense vegetation.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Get rid of rodents from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from rodents and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate rodents and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to rodents by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • Remove bird feeders from your property.

  • Pick up uneaten pet food.

  • Keep tight-fitting or locking lids on trash cans and compost bins.

  • Seal up entry points in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Install caps on chimneys and repair any roof damage.

  • Keep the grass cut short.

  • Cut back shrubs, bushes, and tree branches from your house.

  • Remove fallen trees, excess woodpiles, and piles of debris from your yard where rodents could nest.

 
 

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