February 9, 2021
5 Simple Rodent Prevention Tips For Beaumont Property Owners
Comparatively speaking, it doesn’t get all that cold here in Beaumont in the winter. But even the slightest chill will send rats and mice scurrying into your home or office. If they find a food source and warm place to nest, these furry critters will make themselves right at home all year long.
But these aren’t roommates you want. Rodents spread disease and damage your property. That’s why you need to call a professional pest control service to address the issue quickly.
Types Of Rodents In Beaumont
Three types of rodents cause issues for property owners in the Golden Triangle area. House mice, Norway rats, and roof rats are the most common culprits if you suspect you have a rodent problem in Beaumont.
House mice are generally no longer than 3 inches, but their long tails add another few inches to their length. They’re covered in soft, velvety fur that’s usually dark grey, black or grayish brown. Their undersides are lighter in color. House mice are experts at getting into buildings. They can squeeze through an opening the size of a dime! In the wild, they prefer to nest in tall grasses, tree stumps, and wood and rock piles, but they also like to nest behind large appliances, in cabinets, and furniture.
Norway rats are much larger with heavy, dense bodies. Their bodies are about 9.5 inches long with a 6-8-inch tail. The species has shaggy fur that’s dark gray or brown, with lighter fur on their bellies. These rats like to nest in fields, along rivers, under concrete slabs, and in garbage and woodpiles. They usually enter buildings via the ground floor.
With an 8-inch body, roof rats are slightly smaller than Norway rats. They are dark brown or black but may have grayish highlights in their fur. Roof rats are nimble and can climb trees, utility poles, and gutters. They usually get into a structure via the roof. If they don’t nest somewhere in your home, they will do so in woodpiles, dense vegetation, and high up in trees.
Regardless of the species, rodents can cause a lot of problems. First, they are destructive. Both mice and rats have large incisor teeth that never stop growing. That means they like to chew and gnaw on everything from wood to wires to pipes. Left to their own devices, rodents can damage your electrical system and plumbing as well as the physical structure of your home.
Of greater concern for property owners are the 35 diseases carried by rodents. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), hantavirus, dysentery, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis are just some of the pathogens rodents carry. Rats and mice also bring fleas, mites, and ticks into homes, and their droppings can trigger allergy and asthma attacks.
How To Prevent Rodent Infestations In Beaumont
Rodents in Beaumont are in search of food and shelter, especially when it’s cold outside and food sources aren’t as plentiful. Things that can attract rodents include:
- Bird feeders and baths
- Dense vegetation
- Outdoor pet food
- Debris piles
- Clogged gutters
- Compost piles or open garbage cans
If rodents find their way onto your property, it won’t be long before they make their way into your house. To prevent rodent infestations, follow these steps.
- Store trash properly. Use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids
- Trim brush and shrubs so rodents can’t find good hiding places
- Store pantry foods in glass, metal, or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids
- Seal potential entrances to buildings with caulk, steel wool, or concrete. Remember, rodents can chew through many materials, including wood.
- Pick up fruits that have dropped from trees and clear out vegetable gardens after growing season
Call A Professional For Help
Unfortunately, rodent infestations can get out of control very quickly since they reproduce at a rapid pace. If you notice rodent droppings or see signs of chewing anywhere on your property, call Bill Clark Pest Control for help. Our highly trained technicians will respond quickly to provide safe, effective rodent control services!
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