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What are rodents?

Rodents are scavenging pests and experts at finding what they need to survive. Since they live in outdoor spaces surrounding us, it is common for them to find what they need in our homes, garages, sheds, and commercial buildings.

Mice and rats are the two species of rodents that you are most likely to find in your Rio Grande Valley area home. Mice and rats are both commensal rodents meaning they want to “share our table,” making preventing problems with these small mammals difficult.

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Are rodents dangerous?

Like all rodents, mice and rats have front incisors that grow throughout their entire life. When in our yard or homes, they will use those teeth to cause damage. They will chew through wires, pipes, cables, insulation, and other structural elements.

The most likely reason rodents are in your home is to forage for food, and in the process, they will contaminate your family’s food with their saliva and excrement.

Health concerns are the biggest problem when mice and rats are in our homes. They carry and transmit diseases and bacteria that make us ill. Rat-bite fever, hantavirus, leptospirosis, and salmonella are examples of things spread by rodents.

Shed fur and excrement from rodents are full of allergen that will cause allergy symptoms, including breathing problems in people.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

In Texas, rodent infestations are a year-round threat as our structures provide them with a respite from hot weather, a lack of food outside, and predators. Rodents really don’t care where they live, just that their basic needs are met. A rodent’s adaptability means that any of our Texas homes could be a place that experiences rodent activity.

Where will I find rodents?

No matter where you live in the Rio Grande Valley region, you could find rodents on your property.

Urban areas often experience a lot of rodent problems because the dense populations of people and many structures provide rodents with food and plenty of shelter options. But, homes located in rural areas are just as likely to experience problems with rodents. If your home is surrounded by land that rodents inhabit, they will see your home as a place they can escape harsh weather and predators.

If mice or rats ever find their way into your Texas home, they will quickly search out a place they can build a nest. Rodents, while curious creatures, prefer to live away from a lot of activity.

Attics, crawl spaces, boxes, storage areas, and spaces behind cabinets and large appliances often become places where rodents build their nests and retreat each day. At night these creatures emerge from their nesting sites to forage for food. In addition to discovering rodent droppings in your home, one of the most common signs of a rodent infestation is hearing running or scratching sounds during the evening hours.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Controlling rodents that have decided to take over your McAllen property is best done with the help of a knowledgeable, educated, and trained professional. The Bugworks Termite & Pest Control professionals know how to safely and humanely find and remove these unwanted intruders from yards, homes, and commercial properties.

We are a locally-owned and operated company and have a strong knowledge of the rodents that live in our region, when they are most active, what attracts them, and how to effectively eliminate them. By combining our knowledge and our high-quality rodent removal and exclusion services, we can ensure your Texas property is no longer a home to rodents.

Learn more about ridding your property of problematic rodents by giving us a call today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

In addition to implementing professional pest control services in McAllen, the following five tips will help make your property less attractive to the rodents that live throughout Texas.

  1. Seal up your home’s exterior; eliminate entry points by caulking cracks and gaps in the foundation and exterior walls, place covers over chimneys and vents, and repair roof damage.
  2. Address moisture issues; repair leaky pipes, repair clogged or broken gutters, and ensure your home is properly ventilated.
  3. Store your family’s food properly; store perishable items in the fridge and pantry items in containers with airtight lids.
  4. Limit their access to foraging sites in your yard; keep lids on trash cans, maintain compost piles, and pick up uneaten pet food.
  5. Reduce harborage sites in your yard and home; remove yard clutter, woodpiles, and keep the grass cut short. In your house, reduce clutter in storage areas.

Contact Bugworks Termite & Pest Control if you have any questions or to learn more about the services we offer.

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