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Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents live worldwide and, in most cases, close to people. They are prolific breeders and can quickly take over any property, making them formidable pests to deal with. Common species of rodents living throughout our area of Las Vegas include mice, rats, porcupines, chipmunks, squirrels, and beavers. Despite the wide variety of sizes and shapes that rodents come in, these mammals all have two things in common: continuously growing front incisors and a lack of canine teeth. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, rodents gnaw on any object they come across – causing a lot of damage in the process!a chipmunk sitting on a tree branch outside of a home in enterprise nevada

Are rodents dangerous?

Their sharp front teeth alone make rodents dangerous pests. They create a lot of damage inside structures by chewing through wires, pipes, drywall, insulation, flooring, and more. Their chewing habits can even lead to fires and water damage. Rodents will also contaminate food, introduce bacteria, and chew through clothing, furniture, and other personal items. Salmonella, hantavirus, and rat bite fever are examples of diseases spread by rodents. Additionally, rodents introduce parasites like mites, ticks, and fleas into your home or business.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Over the years, as our habitats have merged, many of these animals have come to somewhat rely on people for their basic needs and will take advantage of any source of food, water, or shelter we provide them. Our properties offer safe shelter, while our gardens, trash cans, compost bins, pet food, and bird feeders provide them with sources of food.

Where will I find rodents?

When living outside, rodents will nest and hide in a variety of locations such as tall grasses, dense vegetation, areas along riverbanks, under woodpiles, and decks or foundations. When they find their way into your home or business, they will retreat to hard-to-reach locations – hiding during the day and emerging at night to forage for food. Rodents usually nest within 10-30 feet of their food sources; common indoor hiding spots include behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings. They will also nest behind large appliances, in cabinets, and inside upholstered furniture.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Get rid of your current rodent infestation and prevent future ones with the help of the local pest control experts at Ace Pest Control. Since 1978, we’ve provided the effective pest control services necessary to keep rodents and other household pests out of Las Vegas properties. Our highly trained technicians, modern techniques, and advanced products will solve your pest problems once and for all. To protect your home or business from our area’s toughest pests, partner with Ace Pest Control!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

In addition to our rodent control services, the following tips will help prevent rodents from invading your home or business:

Indoor prevention tips

  • Remove trash from your property daily, placing it outside in containers with tight-fitting lids.

  • Wipe down counters and wash dishes daily.

  • Pick up pet food between feedings.

  • Store pet food in containers with locking lids.

  • Keep storage areas in your home organized and clear of clutter.

  • Don’t leave food out on counters – put it either in the refrigerator or containers with airtight lids.

Outdoor prevention tips

  • Seal up openings in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your home or business.

  • Place tight-fitting mesh covers over vents leading into your home or business.

  • Remove overgrown vegetation and debris from your property.

  • Install caps on chimneys.

  • Remove bird feeders from your yard.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

  • Cut tree branches and overgrown shrubs away from the exterior of your property.

  • Place tight-fitting lids on trashcans and compost bins. Store the containers up off the ground.

 

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