rat coming out of a hole

What are rodents?

Rodents, including house mice, field mice, Norway rats, and roof rats, are dangerous inhabitants of DMV area properties. Rodent species are extremely invasive and prevalent in the major continents, representing almost 39.3% of all mammals in the world. The best way to identify a rodent species is by their large, 'chunky,' ever-growing teeth. From the order Rodentia, the following species are frequently found living in homes around our area.  

  • House mice are usually solid colors of grey, black, and tawny brown. 

  • Field mice have white bellies that complement their fur color and have short, pink, fuzzy tails. 

  • Norway rats are the biggest species on this list, measuring in at almost a foot long from head to tail. 

  • Roof rats get their names from scurrying down chimneys and shingle gaps. Their scaly tails, small ears, and blunt snouts separate them from mouse species.

a rat in the snow

Are rodents dangerous?

Pests from the rodent family are particularly dangerous to humans, animals, and the buildings where they live. Rodents can infiltrate homes through holes the size of a quarter and subsequently infest in droves. Rats and mice reproduce quickly, breaking into and contaminating food stores. They may spread pathogens across the surfaces they infest, including salmonella and other viral illnesses. Worse, they may continue to cause additional problems through waste, leftover carrion, and insect-attracting remnants. It is best to avoid established rodent infestations for fear of attack or exposure to illness.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodent problems arise due to certain attractant factors found in the home. Both residential and commercial properties may fall prey to infestations at any given time. 

  • Rats and mice choose to infest your building because of three primary factors.

  • Access to food sources. 

  • Immediate water availability (humidity, leaking pipes, clogged drains, etc.) 

  • Shelter from temperature, extreme weather, or predators

As most rats and mice rely on human activity to survive, almost any entry point left exposed in the home can be used to their advantage.

Where will I find rodents?

Rats and mice can take up residence anywhere in the house, from walls and attics to basements and crawlspaces. These creatures prefer areas that are quiet, dark, and largely undisturbed. Garden sheds or greenhouses are a common target, as well as garages and carports. Some laundry rooms and pantry spaces may support dozens of rodents, sometimes entirely without human detection.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodent elimination should begin with their overall prevention, using proven mitigation techniques to secure your property. However, if these pests continue to cause problems for you or your loved ones, professional treatment should be your next step.

The rodent elimination professionals at Destroy Pest Control work to eliminate rats and mice from your DMV area property using three easy steps:

  • Identification of the offending species, their effects, and their entry points. 

  • Helpful extermination services using a combination of techniques and products. 

  • Continuous follow-up visits to ensure the complete elimination of rodents. 

Book a free estimate regarding rodent treatments in your home with Destroy Pest Control now.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Mice and rats can be discouraged from ever entering your property by using these proven prevention steps: 

  • Keep indoor humidity levels to a minimum; dehumidifiers and desiccant bags are a great place to start. 

  • Seal up cracks, holes, gaps, and crevices using waterproof caulking. 

  • Store food items and ingredients in strong plastic containers. 

  • Remove food messes as often as possible, throwing away leftovers and rotten food. 

  • Take out the trash at least once per week, placing filled bags into a heavy outdoor bin.

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