Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Rodents are a major pest problem in Florida. The many people, buildings, and outdoor spaces provide many places to forage for food, allowing these furry pests to thrive. Rodents love people because they like to take advantage of the food and shelter we provide them with. Numerous species of rodents live throughout Florida, but one of the most common and problematic species is the agile and athletic roof rat. Roof rats have a thin body covered in smooth dark brown or black fur with gray hairs scattered throughout. They have large ears and a scaly tail that is longer than their body and head combined. The combined length of their body and tail is usually about 12 to 16 inches long.

a rodent chewing on a cord

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous pests that create health risks for people and cause damage to our properties. Diseases that rodents can spread include hantavirus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever. As rodents move around a home, they will contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria and pathogens that they carry on their bodies and in their saliva and excrement. The presence of rodents may trigger allergies or asthma attacks, introduce fleas, ticks, and other parasites into your house, and create entry points that allow other pests to enter your home.

In addition to not wanting roof rats and other rodents living in or near your home because of the diseases they spread, they are also unwanted because of the damage they cause. Roof rats and all other rodents have front incisors in their upper and lower jaws that grow throughout their life. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, they gnaw on anything they come across. Their chewing habits cause damage to things like wires, pipes, drywall, flooring, and more. They also use their strong, sharp front incisors to help them create entry points or gain access to food sources. They will chew their way into homes, cabinets, cardboard boxes, and food containers.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Their ability to make themselves at home on any property and quickly increase their population is what makes rodents so difficult to control. They want to live where we do and do not care that the feeling is not mutual!

Rodents are omnivores and feed on a variety of foods. Properties with gardens, trash cans, compost piles, and fruit trees attract greedy, hungry rodents. Rodents also like to choose properties that offer them plenty of hiding and nesting spots. Woodpiles, brush piles, overgrown shrubbery, fallen trees, tree stumps, and areas under decks attract rodents looking for a place to hide out of the sight of hungry predators.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents thrive in a variety of environments. Cities, farms, orchards, and even the suburbs provide them with plenty of places to live and forage for food. In general, roof rats love to live in fruit orchards, farmlands, or any area with gardens or trees. Outside, roof rats nest in trees, woodpiles, and dense vegetation. If they find their way into your home, they prefer to nest in places like the attic, above the ceiling, and behind walls.

How do I get rid of rodents?

At Green Flag Services, we understand that rodents are a nuisance and difficult to control and eliminate. If you are having problems with dangerous rodents on your property, reach out to us today. We can provide you with the rodent control services needed to get rid of rodents and prevent them from returning.

If you need help removing rodents or other pests from your DeLand, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona, or Lake Mary, FL, residential or commercial property, call Green Flag Services today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Don’t allow rodents to take over your yard or home. Partner with the professionals at Green Flag Services and put into place the following easy to implement prevention tips:

  • No matter the size of the crack or gap in your home’s exterior walls, foundation, or roofline, repair the defects. Rodents will take advantage of any opening to move inside a house.
  • Roof rats are great climbers. Cut tree branches away from your home’s roofline to help limit their access to your home’s roof and exterior walls.
  • Maintain gardens and fruit trees, picking up any fallen fruits and vegetables.
  • Place metal flashing around the bottom of fruit trees to prevent roof rats from being able to climb them.
  • Place tight-fitting lids on trash cans and compost bins to stop rodents from being able to forage for food in them.
  • Pick up uneaten pet food and remove bird feeders from your property.
  • Remove fallen trees, brush, and dense vegetation from your property where rodents can hide or nest.
  • Make the inside of your house less attractive to rodents by keeping the areas where you eat and store food clean and free of crumbs and other food debris.
 

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