Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are best described as warm-blooded mammals with front incisors that continuously grow throughout their life. At worst, rodents are destructive and damaging pests that are unwanted around any home or business. Some of the most common rodent species to invade properties in the Denver, Colorado area are mice, Norway rats, voles, and gophers. Mice and rats typically invade our yards and homes, while voles and gophers are typically outdoor pests, invading our lawns and gardens.

pocket gopher

Are rodents dangerous?

A rodent infestation poses a threat to people in many different ways. Rodents spread diseases through their urine, saliva, and excrement. They also spread diseases by introducing parasites like fleas and ticks onto your property. Leaving trails of waste throughout the home they've invaded is another problem they cause.

A rodent’s chisel-like teeth allow them to chew through and damage structural elements like wires, pipes, and cables. Pocket gophers and voles cause unsightly destruction to our yards.

Below are some problems a rodent infestation can lead to.

  • Throwing food away
  • Short circuits and fires
  • Water damage
  • Injury to lawns, gardens, and crops
  • Damage to the exterior of your home
  • Damage to electrical equipment, vehicles, and lawn and garden equipment

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are not complicated creatures; they are on your property because the things find on it make their lives easier. Easy access to their favorite food and plenty of shelter to keep them hidden from predators are the two biggest reasons rodents are on your property. Rodents live all around us, whether our homes or businesses are in a rural area, the suburbs, or right smack in the middle of the city. They have learned over time to live near us and have adapted to living almost anywhere.

In addition to moving inside our structures searching for food, rodents move inside to escape harsh weather. Rodents often seek solace indoors when the weather outside becomes too cold, and food sources become scarce.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents live all around us; our yards, gardens, flower beds, homes, and garages provide them with places to nest and forage for food:

  • The Norway rat is a terrible climber, and so these rodents live at ground level. Inside they are found in basements and behind wall voids. Outside, they burrow next to buildings, under foundations, and in wood and garbage piles.
  • Mice create nests in difficult to reach areas like behind wall voids, behind large appliances, behind cabinets, and inside attics. When living outside, they nest in woodpiles, tree hollows, dense vegetation, and tall grass.
  • Voles spend a lot of time in underground tunnels, though they also forage for food above the ground in gardens areas and around trees.
  • Pocket gophers tunnel through the soil and forage for food in open areas like lawns, gardens, wooded areas, fields, parks, and golf courses. They live most of their lives underground.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Beeline Pest Control will help you to eliminate rodents from your Denver area home or business. We will completely solve your current rodent problems by using bait stations, repellents, and maintenance plans. At Beeline Pest Control, we focus on our customers and providing the services they need to keep rodents and other pests away throughout the entire year. To learn more about our effective rodent control services, or for a free quote, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Prevent future problems with rodents with the help of our easy and practical prevention tips:

  • Take away a rodent’s ability to come indoors by sealing any openings you find on the outside of your home.
  • Remove hiding spots near your house by keeping shrubs and trees cuts back.
  • Exclude as many hiding spots for rodents in your yard as possible; remove excess woodpiles, brush piles, construction debris, and leaf piles.
  • Remove potential outdoor food sources by keeping lids on trash cans and compost bins, picking up pet food, and maintaining garden areas.
  • Eliminate indoor food sources by keeping food in hard-sided containers with lids or in the refrigerator, wash dishes, and wipe down counters daily, vacuum regularly.

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