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How to get rid of rodents

The most common pest rodents that can cause tremendous property damage and carry serious health risks, are mice and rats. Both of these types of rodent are very good at hiding, breed very fast,  and carry parasites which can transfer to human beings.

Due the health and financial risks rodents pose, quickly contacting a licensed pest control provider like Ehrlich Pest Control is vitally  important when dealing with a rodent infestation. Our specialists are trained to find rodent  hiding places, figure out why they are infesting your property, and offer solutions to get rid of rodents and prevent rodents from coming back.

When you find rodents, you need to get rid of them fast. Contact your local  Ehrlich Pest Control office and schedule the important first step of a property inspection with one of our specialists.

What are rodents?

Rodents are a species of gnawing mammal and are part of the scientific order of Rodentia. All species of rodent have large incisors which continuously grow, which requires them to chew and gnaw on things to control the growth. Rodents are found on every continent on the planet with the exception of Antarctica.

In North America, when it comes to homes and commercial properties, the most common types of rodents found as pests are mice and rats. However, there are other rodents which can cause damage to property including:

Throughout the world there are all manner of rodents in a variety of sizes, shapes and social orders.

How do rodents get inside?

Rodents will use just about any space they can find to get inside a building or home. Since their teeth are constantly growing and they have an innate instinct to gnaw and chew to control this, they are also perfectly capable of chewing their way into buildings, including through wood and even aluminum siding. Some species of rat have teeth so sharp and strong they can even chew through some types of softer stone or concrete.

Rodents get inside in order to find shelter and build their nests. Most species of rodent also have collapsible skeletons which allow them to make their body very narrow in order to scurry through openings. This means holes as narrow as a pencil or spaces beneath doors that are just barely a few inches off the ground provide access.

Get rid of rodents through prevention

The key to getting rid of a rodent problem is to make your property less attractive to them. Rodents will get inside the smallest spaces and hide, building their nests and reproducing at a very fast rate. This is why experts are really needed to remove rodents and get rid of a rodent problem effectively. However, if you are a property owner, the best method of getting rid of rodent problems is to prevent rodents in the first place.

Some of the things you can do to stop rodents from finding your property attractive in the first place include:

  • Store food in sealed containers
  • Keep outdoor areas clean and tidy to remove hiding places
  • Secure outdoor garbage containers
  • Keep gardens cleaned and neat

To stop rodents from getting onto your property, you can do some of the following:

  • Make sure doors go all the way to the ground using door sweeps. This includes garage doors and any exterior doors
  • Seal up the gaps. Search your property and make sure siding, screens and walls are free of holes rodents can use to access your home.
  • Repair roofs. A rat can easily get into attics or between walls by using damaged roof tiles and shingles for access. Make sure roofs are repaired.
  • Secure basement toilets, drains and sewers. There are some species of rat that are great swimmers and have been known to swim right up sewer lines and access basements through toilets or sewers. Keeping toilet lids closed prevents them from getting inside while adding small grates or gates to drains and sewers can stop them, too.
  • Remove firewood and clutters. Stacks of firewood right up against your house or building is a perfect place for rodents to hide and then get easy access to walls and to make their way in. Remove the clutter and remove their hiding places.

Ehrlich gets rid of rodents

Ehrlich Pest Control has been helping property owners get rid of rodents for a long time now. Ehrlich Pest Control specialists can conduct a thorough property inspection to find the rodent hiding spaces and  get rid of rodents through a variety of treatment methods. The first step to rodent-free property is to contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office and set up a property inspection.

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