What are rodents?
Rodents are the largest groups of mammals, and though many live outside, far away from people, others have adapted to living with us. Rats and mice are some of the most common rodents that home and business owners deal with regularly.
Though the appearance of rodents varies by species, they all have something in common — continuously growing front incisors. Their front teeth grow throughout their lifetime, which sets rodents apart from other animals.
The following rodents live in our area:
- Norway rats
- Roof rats
- House mice
- Field mice
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents are both dangerous and destructive. Some rodents like voles cause damage to our lawns by feeding on grass, trees, and other vegetation. Other rodents like mice and rats are problematic because they and their sharp front incisors cause damage to wires, pipes, drywall, vents, furniture, and almost anything else they can get their teeth around.
A rodent infestation and the damage they cause increases the risk of fire damage, mold issues, and water damage occurring in a structure they are living in.
As rodents move throughout your home, they contaminate food, spread diseases, and leave behind parasites like fleas and ticks. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, and salmonellosis are all spread by rodents.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Problems with rodents are often associated with homes and businesses located in colder areas of the country. It is a common misconception that rodents only move inside to escape cold weather; rodents are just as problematic in warm sunny Florida as in other areas of the country.
No matter where they live, rodents will take advantage of the food, water, and shelter people and our properties offer them. Our homes and commercial properties provide rodents with year-round access to food and temperature-controlled shelter; how could they resist!
Where will I find rodents?
You'll commonly find Norway rats along the coast. They are poor climbers and often move into homes and other structures at ground level. Once inside, they live in crawl spaces and behind wall voids. Roof rats are incredibly agile and excellent climbers. They live in trees, vines, shrubbery, roof spaces, and attics.
House mice and deer mice live outdoors in yards, wooded areas, fields, parks, and any other space that provides them with sheltered spaces to nest. If these mice wind up in our homes, they will nest in attics, crawl spaces, walls voids, storage containers, and furniture. House mice are more of a concern in urban areas, while field mice are more of a problem in rural areas.
Voles live in tall grass, dense ground cover, and landscaping. Orchards, farms, golf courses, parks, tree nurseries, and yards are places favored by voles. These rodents are outdoor pests and don't often enter our homes.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Get rid of unwanted rodents from your home or business with the help of an experienced professional. At Bold Servicing, we understand how frustrating it is to deal with these pests and put in place the services needed to eliminate them for good. Our premium, full-service rodent control options in Tampa, FL are not only convenient and effective but also eco-friendly. To learn more about removing rodents from your Tampa, St. Petersburg, or Clearwater area yard, home, or business, reach out to us today!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Here are some prevention tips to help you keep rodents and other pests out of your Florida home.
Outside of your house, keep lids on trash cans, remove bird feeders, and maintain garden areas.
Properly store food in your home; keep produce in the fridge, and dry goods in containers with airtight lids.
Clear your property of debris they could use as nesting sites like leaf piles, brush piles, woodpiles, construction debris, and dense ground cover.
Cut shrubs and trees back away from your home's exterior.
Seal openings around cables and wires with steel wool.
Use silicone caulk to seal space in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
Repair any roof damage.
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