Rodent Identification

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Rodents

What are rodents?

When most people hear the word "rodent," their minds go right to a mouse or rat because mice and rats are the two most common rodent species to invade residential and commercial properties across the country. Both are considered commensal rodents and have developed a desire to live with people and "share our table."

Adult mice tend to be smaller than adult mice which helps to differentiate between the two species. There are other differences between mice and rats, such as:

  • Mice have a more triangular nose, while rats have a blunt snout.
  • Compared to their head size, mice have larger, more prominent ears than rats.
  • Mice have a longer tail compared to body length than rats. 
  • Mice have ears and tails covered in a light layer of hair; rats have ears and tails that are hairless.

Both mice, rats, and all other rodents have one physical feature that makes them rodents; continuously growing front incisors

Are rodents dangerous?

To stop their teeth from overgrowing, rodents, such as mice and rats, constantly gnaw on objects they come across. When living near or in our Tucson homes and businesses, this behavior causes people major headaches. Rodents are very destructive pests. They will chew through or otherwise damage wires, pipes, cables, walls, floors, and more. A rodent's chewing habits often cause fires and water damage.

Another issue with rodents and why they are so dangerous to have on our residential or commercial properties are the diseases they spread. Rodents contaminate counters, tables, utensils, dishes, food, and more with many different types of bacteria and pathogens that can make people ill.

Living with rodents can also trigger allergies in some people. Their shed fur, excrement, and urine will cause symptoms like skin rashes, running noses, coughing, sneezing, and more.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are pushy pests that will choose to make themselves at home anywhere that provides them with their basic needs. Unfortunately for us, most of our Arizona properties give the rodents a never-ending supply of food and plenty of nesting sites to choose from.

Our area's hot weather conditions often drive rodents indoors as they search for a cool temperature-controlled environment to nest and raise their young. Then, our kitchen's stocked cabinets and pantries entice rodents to stay!

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents have adapted to living almost anywhere, from the middle of a field, to a city alley, to our homes and businesses.

Things that will attract mice to our yards include:

  • Open trash cans
  • Compost bins
  • Pet food
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Gardens
  • Fruit trees

Rodents often move into our homes, either through openings already present or by using their sharp teeth to create their own entrances. Common entry points include foundations, vents, windows, and doors.

Once inside, rodents like to retreat to quiet areas of the home. Common places where these small mammals build their nests include behind wall voids, under floors, and behind large pieces of furniture, appliances, and cabinets.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Rodents live all around us and are a constant threat. Stop battling these pests each year, partner with a professional, and put into place a long-term solution!

If you are spotting signs of rodent activity or rodents themselves, reach out to Pest Friends today. We have a deep understanding of the specific species of rodents that thrive in the Tucson, AZ area.

Our professionals will rid your yard and home of pesky, disease-spreading rodents through our modern pest control solutions, eco-friendly approach, and innovative services. To learn more about our rodent control services or schedule a complimentary inspection of your property, reach out to Pest Friends today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Preventing problems with rodents is difficult because they do have such a desire to live with people. While the best solution is a professional solution, there are some things you can do around your property to make it less attractive to rodents.

Rodents have a high metabolism and are constantly looking for reliable sources of food. Reducing their access to food is one of the best things you can do to prevent problems with these pests.

  • Keep lids on trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins.
  • Pick up uneaten pet food each evening.
  • Keep areas around outdoor cooking and eating areas free of food debris.
  • Maintain gardens, regularly harvesting fruits and vegetables.
  • Make sure that all trash is placed into trash cans and not left around for rodents to find.

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