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Rodents are unwanted in gardens because of the damage they can cause to fruit, vegetables, seeds, bulbs, plants, and containers. They can also expose people and pets to various diseases and parasites. However, rodents love gardens as gardens provide them with both shelter and readily available food sources.
The only rat species you are likely to find in your garden is the brown (Norway) rat (Rattus norvegicus). There are several mouse and vole species in North America, and a small number of these can take advantage of food and lodging in gardens. However, their numbers are rarely high enough to cause much damage.
The house mouse (Mus musculus), field vole or short-tailed vole (Microtus agrestis), and deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) are most likely to be seen in gardens. In America, wild populations of the house mouse and field vole can periodically explode to plague proportions in rural areas after mild winters when they have little die-off. These rural species are normally found in specific habitats:
One of the main signs of a rodent in your garden is their nesting area which is usually under trash, timber, in drain pipes, or under/in sheds. They also have a characteristic smell when in large numbers and their gnawing can be quite noisy, so you may smell and hear them. Rodents are nocturnal feeders, but if you see them during the day, it usually means that they are short of food and getting desperate.
Rodents can cause damage in your garden which can range anywhere from feasting on fruits and vegetables to gnawing on shed doors and wires. The types of damage caused vary depending on the species of rodent.
The best way to keep rodents out of your garden is to call in an Ehrlich rodent specialist. Our specialist will find where the rodents are hiding and provide the proper treatment method to safely remove them. There are ways you can work to prevent rodents in your garden:
The safe and secure option is to call a professional, who will have the right training and the best equipment to assess and deal with your infestation. Contact your local Ehrlich office today!