Rodents

What are rodents?

The largest group of mammals is the rodent group; a little-known fact is that most none flying mammals are rodents! 

Rodents are distinguished from other mammals by their front teeth. A rodent’s front incisors continuously grow throughout its life. To keep these teeth from overgrowing and sharp for feeding and defense, they constantly chew on any object they come across. 

Rodents live worldwide scavenging for food and feeding on seeds, plants, grains, protein, fruits, and vegetables. In nature, rodents have essential roles; they are prey for many animals, help spread seeds, and those that burrow and tunnel underground, help to aerate the soil. 

Still, however helpful rodents can be, they are never beneficial or wanted when living near people. Some of the more common rodents to call our area of Wisconsin home and that invade our indoor, and outdoor spaces are mice, rats, moles, and voles.

mice eating a biscuit

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous because of the many health risks they pose to people and the many different ways they can transmit pathogens. Disease transmission can occur through:

  • Directly handling rodents.

  • Coming into contact with rodent excrement, urine, or saliva.

  • Rodent bites.

  • The ticks and fleas, rodents carry on their backs.

Allergies are another concern when it comes to rodents; their excrement and shed fur can trigger respiratory allergies or skin rashes.

Moles and voles cause damage to gardens, lawns, and landscapes, while mice and rats will damage structures and personal belongings that are stored inside. Their constant chewing causes damage to things like wires, pipes, drywall, furniture, clothing, furniture, linens, and more.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

More than 20 million homes are invaded by rodents each year; dealing with rodents is, unfortunately, a common issue that many homeowners have to tackle at one time or another. Their small bodies allow them to easily move through the smallest cracks and crevices and into your house.

Rodents can make themselves at home inside our homes at any time of the year! Cold weather, extremely hot weather, and lack of food sources are the most common reasons they move indoors. Our temperature-controlled homes provide them with safe shelter and access to food.

Where will I find rodents?

Outside, rodents live in areas that provide them with safe shelter, food, and water. Trash cans, recycling bins, compost piles, and gardens are found in most of our yards and often attract rodents like mice and rats.

When rodents move into your home to nest, they will choose quiet places that keep them hidden yet are close to food sources. The backs of cabinets and appliances, wall voids, attics, and basements are common nesting spots for rodents.

If rodents are in your home, you will likely begin to notice the following signs:

  • Droppings piling up along the edges of floors, in drawers, and on counters 

  • A musty odor developing where they are nesting 

  • Hearing scratching and running noises behind your walls at night.

Moles and voles live mainly outside in our yards; they do not regularly invade indoor spaces. Properties located next to fields, parks, golf courses, or wooded areas will most likely experience problems with these rodents.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Let the professionals at Ewert Pest Control help you get rid of rodents from your Milwaukee area residential or commercial property. Our rodent control service includes accurate identification, exclusion work, bait station placement, and more to make sure your rodent problems are solved and they won’t return in the future. 

We are proud leaders in the pest control industry, supplying our customers with effective pest control services and exceptional customer service, solving your rodent problems effectively and thoroughly. Our focus is on providing our customers with long-term pest control solutions that utilize green, eco-friendly treatments. For more information about our rodent control services, give us a call today.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Keep your Wisconsin property protected from rodents with the help of Ewert Pest Control and the following prevention tips.

  • Clean up and remove as many sources of food as possible from your property. Remove bird feeders, pick up uneaten pet food each evening, and use trash cans and recycling bins that have locking lids.

  • Prevent rodents from moving in and out of your home by sealing holes and cracks in exterior walls and the foundation, placing covers on chimneys and vents, and repairing roof damage. 

  • Remove harborage spots from your yard like woodpiles, brush piles, fallen trees, logs, tree stumps, and other debris.

  • Eliminate sources of water like leaky pipes, birdbaths, and dripping hoses and air conditioners.

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