If you've been hearing scratching or squeaking in your walls or the sound of little footsteps scurrying overhead, you may have rodents living in your Orlando home. This guide will tell you how to identify rodents, why you don't want them in your home, how to make your property uninviting to rodents, and the key to getting rid of the rodents in your home with an Orlando pest control company like Green Flag Services.
How To Identify Common Types Of Rodents
There are more than 1,500 different types of rodents in the world. The most common ones you'll find in your Orlando home are house mice, deer mice, Norway rats, and roof rats.
One way to identify the rodents in your home is by their droppings. Mouse droppings are small, about ¼ inch long, rod-shaped, and tapered at the ends. Rat droppings are ½ to ¾ inch long, rod-shaped, and blunt at the ends. You may also see footprints, which can help you identify the rodent in your home.
Another way is if you find gnaw marks on your walls, floor, furniture, cupboards, doors, or door jambs. Larger gnaw marks indicate rats, while smaller tooth marks mean mice.
More important than identifying the rodents, is knowing how to get rid of rodents in your Orlando home.. The best way to do so is to let the experts from Green Flag Services identify your rodents, then lay out a plan to eliminate them from your home.
Rodents Can Spread Disease And Damage Property
Rodents in Orlando can cause major property damage and bring disease into your home.
Some of the diseases they carry are:
- Rat-bite fever
- Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM)
The property damage comes from rodents' constant need to gnaw, to keep their teeth sharp and not overgrown – mice's teeth can grow four inches in a year, and rats' teeth can grow nine inches in that same time frame if they don't constantly chew to keep them at a manageable length. Rodents will chew on anything and everything, including floor joists, wall studs, cables, pipes, and electrical wires, causing potential structural damage, water damage, carbon monoxide poisoning, and fire hazards. They also gnaw on your furniture, walls, floors, cabinets, doors, and door jambs.
That's why you must know how to get rid of rodents in your house. Contact us today to get started on our effective rodent control services in Orlando.
How To Make Your Property Less Inviting To Rodents
Practicing outdoor rodent control can help prevent rodents from moving into your house.
Here are a few tips to make your property less inviting to rodents:
- Remove all food sources. Take your pets' bowls inside at night, fence off your garden with ¼ inch hardware cloth, and clean up any dropped fruit or nuts from trees on your property.
- Get rid of water sources. Fix leaky faucets, make sure your downspouts are draining away from your house with downspout extenders or splash stones, empty kiddie pools when you're done with them for the day, and get rid of bird baths.
- Eliminate harborage sites. Clear out yard debris and fallen leaves, clean up your flower beds, and trim your shrubs and trees back away from your house.
Rodents that are nesting near your home are more likely to venture inside. These tips can help minimize those chances.
The Key To Total Rodent Control For Your Property
The key to getting rid of rodents in Orlando once and for all is calling in a professional pest control company like Green Flag Services. We have a combined 55 years of experience in pest control, and we're ready for you to call and ask for our help. We use greener options that are pet and family-friendly. Contact us now for your free inspection and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Orlando.