What are rodents?
Rodents are small rodents that love to live near people. They know that our properties will offer them everything they need to thrive. The most common types of rodents to make themselves home in our Phoenix yards and houses are the roof rat, pack rat, and gopher.
Below is a brief description of each species:
Roof rats: These small, slender rats have smooth, shiny black fur. Their small size often causes people to confuse them with adult mice. These rats are agile and regularly find their way into our homes through the roof.
Pack rats: The best way to tell pack rats from other species of rats is by their tail. Unlike most rats with a hairless, scaly tail, the tail of the pack rat has bushy fur. Grayish-brown fur covers their bodies. Pack rats received their name from their habits of building their nests from the things they "collect,"
Gophers: These large rodents have short necks, blunt noses, and stout bodies covered in tan or brown fur. Their powerful front legs and large claws help these burrowing rodents dig through the soil. Gophers also have external cheek pouches to carry the food they gather.
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents pose significant dangers when they decide to nest and forage for food on our properties. They are destructive and spread diseases, bacteria, and parasites that cause illness in people and animals.
When roof rats in Phoenix or any other rodent infest our homes using their sharp, continuously growing front incisors, they will chew on and destroy food storage containers, furniture, books, boxes, wires, and pipes. Rodent damage can cause short circuits, fires, water damage, and other structural damage.
Gophers are garden pests and, in our yards, will cause damage to the plants and grass whose roots the gophers use as a food source. Their underground tunnels can extend under a foundation or driveway, causing structure damage, and their tunnel entrances are unsightly and cause trips and fall hazards.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents are a problem for people because they love the food and water sources our properties offer. Some of their favorite foraging sites in our yards and homes include:
- Pet food and water bowls
- Bird feeders
- Fruit trees
- Grass and landscaping plants
- Outdoor eating and cooking areas
- Stored food in cabinets and pantries
- Leaky hoses, pipes, and air conditioners
Unfortunately, rodents like rats don't just stay outside in our yards. They can move into our homes through cracks, gaps, and other small openings. Once inside, they will make themselves at home and are difficult to convince to leave.
Where will I find rodents?
Rodents are prey animals and like to maintain a low profile to keep themselves out of the eye of predatory animals and people. Our homes provide rodents with many benefits, including an escape from harsh weather, safe nesting spots, and reliable food and water sources.
When rodents enter our houses, they immediately make themselves scarce, hiding in dark, hard-to-reach areas. Some of their favorite nesting sites include wall voids, crawl spaces, attics, the backs of cabinets and closets, and behind large appliances.
Gophers are outdoor pests, and while they are quite destructive when living in our yards, the bright side is that you won't have to worry about finding them inside your home.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Since 1969 ACTION Termite & Pest Control has protected Phoenix homes and businesses against rodents and other common household pests. No matter the type of rodent or size of the infestation, know that we have a solution. Some of the ways we control rodents are through our trapping, baiting, and exclusion services.
We have vast experience in controlling rodents, and our professionals will devise a rodent control plan to eradicate them and stop them from returning.
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Use the following rodent prevention tips to reduce your chances of rodents becoming a problem on your property.
- Regularly and thoroughly vacuum, mop, and wipe down tables and other surfaces to remove crumbs and other food debris that attract the attention of rodents.
- Store food properly, either in the fridge or in containers with airtight lids.
- Store trash in lidded containers. Remove trash from your home daily and your property weekly.
- Reduce areas of clutter inside your home and outside in your yard.
- Inspect your home's exterior to identify entry points and repair defects using caulk or another appropriate material.
Call us ACTION Termite & Pest Control for effective rodent control in Phoenix.