A Guide To Rodent Control & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents are the largest group of mammals. In fact, most non-flying mammals are rodents! Rodents are so successful because they are adaptable and can live in almost any indoor or outdoor environment. All rodents are characterized by a single pair of front incisors in the upper and lower jaw that continuously grow throughout their life. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, rodents constantly gnaw on anything they can get their teeth on. Two of the most common rodents to invade homes and businesses are rats and mice. Adult rats are about 3 to 5 times as large as adult mice. The ears and tails of mice are covered in a light layer of velvety fur, while the ears and tails of rats are void of hair.

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Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous pests to have living with or near people. They have the potential to contaminate food sources, dishes, utensils, and the surfaces of homes with their urine, feces, and saliva. Additionally, they spread a wide variety of diseases and bacteria to people, including hantavirus, dysentery, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis. Rodents cause structural damage by chewing on furniture, flooring, drywall, insulation, walls, clothing, pictures, and books. They also have the potential to cause fires and water damage by chewing through pipes, wires, ducts, and other structural elements.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents can turn any property into their home, as long as it supplies them with food, water, and shelter. Mice and rats are a year-round threat, but tend to move indoors in higher numbers during the cold winter months. Rodents enter homes in a variety of ways, including through gaps in a home's foundation and exterior walls, holes along the roofline, vents, spaces around utility lines, and down chimneys.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents live successfully in both indoor and outdoor environments. Outdoor nesting spots include in trees and woodpiles, under decks and foundations, along the edges of rivers, in tree stumps, under dense vegetation, or in abandoned bird nests. Indoors, rodents like to nest in dark, quiet areas that are close to food sources. Rodents tend to build their nests behind walls, in attics or basements, inside crawlspaces, inside storage boxes, or behind appliances.

How do I get rid of rodents?

To get rid of destructive rodents in or on your Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi residential or commercial property, including mice and rats, seek the help of an experienced pest control expert. At Mid-South Pest & Termite, our knowledgeable professionals provide effective pest control services using environmentally friendly methods. We are committed to our customers and to using advanced solutions to eliminate rodents and other household pests from Memphis, Germantown, Cordova, Bartlett, Lakeland, and Arlington homes. To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control options, call Mid-South Pest & Termite!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

To avoid problems with rodents at your greater Memphis area property we suggest the following prevention tips:

  • Eliminate entrance points into your home or business.

  • Remove water sources from around your property.

  • Make sure outside trash cans and compost bins have tight-fitting lids on them.

  • Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables from garden areas.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris and trash.

  • Trim tree branches, shrubs, and bushes away from the exterior of your home.


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