How To Get Rid Of Rodents On Your Baltimore Property

November 15, 2021

Rodent problems have long plagued humans, and Baltimore has had an increasing rodent problem for years, made worse by the pandemic. Rodents are unwelcome guests for property owners. They carry disease and love to chew through wires, walls, drywall, wood, pretty much anything. They reproduce quite rapidly, and before long, they will overrun your home or business.

A big rat crawling through grass.

Rodents can pose a risk to the overall structure and stability of buildings. They get into the very core and start gnawing and chewing through insulation, wiring, and wooden framing. Along with property damage, they carry a lot of different, serious diseases that can be spread through having direct contact, indirect contact, handling dropping, or inhaling particles of droppings from the air. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, salmonellosis, Lyme Disease, leptospirosis, tularemia, rabies, plague, rat-bite fever, and hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome are just a few of the illnesses spread by rodents.

Rodents also contaminate food and water by exposing them to their saliva and waste. No property owner wants to admit they have a rodent problem, but if you see one, especially inside your home, there will likely be more hiding in the walls.  

Common Rodents in Baltimore: Rats, Mice, and Squirrels

In Baltimore, the primary type of rat one will encounter is the Norway or brown rat.  Norway rats are big; they can be anywhere from 12 inches to 18 inches long. They have short ears, stubby noses, less hairy tails, and are covered in brown to almost red-colored fur with lighter, grayish underbellies. Norway rats like to burrow; they often make tunnels with chambers for food and nesting and travel a long way to get food. They will also set up shop in crawl spaces and basements. 

Mice are another common rodent that will chase food waste and invite themselves into your home or business.  House mice, field mice, and deer mice are three of the most common breeds to find in Baltimore. House mice are smaller than field or deer mice, and all vary in color from gray to brown and black. Mice can get into walls and cause extensive damage, plus set up nests and breed. 

Squirrels like to find their way into attics and other areas and make themselves comfortable. They have easy access to openings and will easily scale trees and even buildings. Once inside, they are quite destructive. 

How To Get Rid Of Rodents  

Getting rid of rodents is no easy task; it can be a big challenge to take this on yourself. Messing around with chemicals and poison is a risky endeavor, which is why one of the best things to do when you suspect a rodent problem is to call professionals like the Destroy Pest Control Team. As a family-owned company serving Baltimore and the surrounding areas, we take great care of your property as if it were our own.  

The best way to get rid of rodents is to prevent them from getting into your property and causing damage. There are several simple ways you can do this.  

  • Block all holes, cracks, and openings that rodents might use to access your home or business. Keep in mind, rats can squeeze in through a hole the size of a quarter, and a mouse can squeeze in through an opening the size of a pencil eraser.  
  • Keep your trash in bins with lids and liners.
  • Keep pet food and birdseed in a closed, airtight container. Store all animal food inside if you can. Rodents are often drawn to these as many people keep them outside.  
  • Keep your property clean of scraps, crumbs, and food waste.  
  • Use traps if you see rodents.
  • Call a pest control professional for help If you see rodents, rodent droppings, or suspect you have a problem.  

Destroy Pest Control Can Keep Rodents Out Of Your Baltimore Home

Our team at Destroy Pest Control is well versed in rodent removal and prevention and offers customizable solutions. We pride ourselves on using eco-friendly solutions, so you do not have to worry about exposure to harmful chemicals. Having a rodent issue is not something to be embarrassed about. Most Baltimore property owners deal with a rodent problem at some point.   

Contact Destroy Pest Control today to set up a free consultation; we are here for you. Whether you're a home or business owner, we have the solution you need. No problem is too big or too small. Reach out to us today to learn more about our rodent control options. 

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