Different folks respond to rodents differently. Some see a tiny mouse running along a wall in their garage, and they're immediately on the phone, looking for Phoenix pest control. There is no waiting around to find out how bad the problem is or figuring out what might be done to deal with it. Another person might see a black rat running along a roofline and spend months attempting to trap and bait the rats in their home. We don't know how you'll respond to rodents in your home, but we know one thing for sure: there are facts you should know about common rodents in Phoenix and the challenges of DIY rodent control. Join us as we look at rodents you can expect to find in your home, the problems all rodents cause, the secrets to controlling rodents yourself, and how ACTION Termite & Pest Control can help. If you're in urgent need of rodent control and don't have time to read an article about rodents, navigate to our contact page or give us a call. We'll send someone over to help you resolve your issue. We're here to help. With that said, read on to learn what you need to know most about rodents in Phonex.
Common Types Of Home-Invading Rodents In Phoenix
Experts say there are about 1,500 rodent species in the world. That is an incredible number when you consider that there are about 4,000 mammals altogether. So it shouldn't surprise you that there are several rodent pests that can come into your yard and get into your home. Here are the most common rodents and a few things you should know about them. Let's start with the rodents that will get into your home if given the opportunity.
House Mice: These are the worst of all pest rodents in our area. They are dark grey with a cream-colored belly. The body of a house mouse is 2 ½ to 3 ¾ inches long with a tail that is about the same length. When these rodents enter your home, they will likely stay permanently and grow a large population. They are persistent pests.
Roof Rats: These are the worst of all rat pests in our area. Commonly called house rats, these black rats enter homes and stay permanently. They often live in attic spaces and rafters but can explore entire structures from top to bottom. They are incredible climbers and difficult to exclude.
Squirrels: These furry-tailed rodents typically stay in the yard, but when attracted to a home, they may find a way into attic spaces. The good news is that they're likely to stay in the attic. The bad news is that they can make a mess up there. The number one tip we give regarding squirrels is to not feed them. Putting nuts out for squirrels may give them the wrong idea, and they can damage your door and window screens or chew their way into your attic.
Deer Mice: These are tawny-colored mice with white underbellies. While they can enter homes and stay permanently, you're much more likely to find deer mice in your garage, shed, barn, or other outbuildings.
Pack rats: These rats commonly enter homes but don't stay permanently. They go in and out. You'll find them in close association with wood. For this reason, they're often referred to as wood rats. If you notice jewelry or some other valuable keepsakes missing from your home, these rats might be the culprits. They collect shiny things
Norway rats: These are brown rats that dig burrows in the ground. They also commonly get into sewers, leading some to refer to them as sewer rats. While not prone to permanently live inside structures, they commonly do. But it is possible to have a Norway rat infestation only on your property and not inside your home.
Chipmunks: These small rodents with their recognizable black, brown, and white coloration, are rarely a problem inside structures. They like to hide in natural locations and have an attraction to wood piles. If you find one in your home, you don't have too much to worry about because it will likely leave.
Gophers: These rodents are lawn pests. When gophers come into your yard, they'll damage your grass, ornamental plants, and certain vegetables in your garden. The only good news is that they never infest structures.
Voles: These little rodents are yard pests. They can accidentally get inside but, like chipmunks (and even more so), they prefer natural habitats. But voles aren't harmless. They create runways in lawns, chew the bark of trees, and do other frustrating things.
Beavers: We added beavers to the list as somewhat of a joke. You'll never have a beaver infestation in your home, and you aren't likely to have trouble with beavers in your yard unless you have a pond or river running through it. But beavers are rodents and considered pests in some areas.
There is quite a diversity when it comes to rodents in Phoenix. Understanding their preferred habitats and general behavior patterns can help with control. For example, applying exclusions around your foundation can keep Norway rats out, but you'll focus on trimming tree branches and putting protective cones on pipes that run up the sides of your home if you have a roof rat problem.
Now that you have an understanding of what kinds of rodents you can expect to see in your yard or home, let's look at what they do when they get inside. Even a tiny mouse can be a big problem.
All The Problems Rodents Can Create In Your House
Rodents are wild animals, so you can expect them to act as such. Here are just a few of the many ways they can impact your health and damage your property.
- While mostly docile, rodents can bite if they are cornered or defending their young.
- Rodents are not house trained. They will leave their excrement and urine indoors.
- Rodents carry ticks and fleas, and rats and mice are proficient at spreading them around homes. Ticks and fleas are associated with many human diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, meat allergy, typhus, and the plague.
- Rodents chew on wiring, and this can cause a house fire.
- Rodents pick up harmful bacteria and spread them to surfaces, silverware, dishes, and other sensitive areas.
- Rodents get into stored foods and contaminate them.
- Rodents chew holes in exterior building materials. These holes allow secondary pests to get inside, pests such as spiders, centipedes, and scorpions. Exterior holes also allow rainwater to get in which can lead to wood rot, other moisture problems, and mold. When mold takes root, it creates its own set of problems.
We could give many more examples, but you see the issue. Rodents are not trained to act appropriately in your home as pets do. It is best to do something to get them out and keep them out.
Do-It-Yourself Rodent Control Is Usually Unsuccessful
When Phoenix residents set their minds to addressing rodent infestations themselves, some have success, but most do not. Rodents are clever and resourceful pests. It is hard to control them even when you use products and methods known to work. The primary reason DIY rodent control fails is that it isn't complete. For example, you can capture mice or rats with snap traps, but if you don't seal the entry points they're using to get into your home, you'll trap rats indefinitely. Professionals use a multi-pronged strategy that includes snap traps, baiting, exclusion work, and other products and methods.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Rodents And Keep Them Out
If you're in Phoenix, the best way to deal with rodents is to contact ACTION Termite & Pest Control. If you're outside our service area, we recommend finding a pest control provider that offers similar services. You may not realize this but all pest control companies are not the same. Some don't offer wildlife control at all. Some control wildlife but don't offer critical services, such as exclusion work. At ACTION Termite & Pest Control, we offer:
- Trapping for control of rodents that have gotten into your home.
- Baiting to cull outdoor rodent populations and keep rodents from getting inside.
- Exclusion work to seal potential entry points that rodents are using to get inside.
- Live traps to capture rodents and other wildlife pests in your yard.
- Recommendations for ongoing rodent and wildlife prevention for your property.
Domestic rodents are tricky pests to deal with when they come onto Phoenix properties. These animals are familiar with humans and have learned strategies to live near human dwellings and (in many cases) within structures. With over 50 years of experience, you can expect great results from ACTION Termite & Pest Control. Our pest control technicians have seen pretty much everything. No matter how tricky your rodent infestation, we'll find a solution. Reach out to us today by navigating to our contact page and dropping us a line. We look forward to helping you say goodbye to rodent problems!