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What are rodents?

The order Rodentia is a huge group of mammals characterized by a pair of upper and lower incisors that never stop growing. The rodent family doesn't just include the infamous rats and mice. It also includes squirrels, voles, gophers, and even beavers. Also, while not technically rodents, moles are usually included in this group when discussing the damages they can create. While residents of Oklahoma City, OK generally won't have to worry much about beaver damage, we do have to worry about all the other animals on the above list.

a rat in a swamp

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents can be pretty harmless or extremely dangerous. Here in Oklahoma, voles, moles, and gophers can mess up our gardens and damage our lawns, but we don't typically have to worry about worse problems from them.

Rats and mice are a different story. These rodents rip up furniture and wall insulation to make their nests; they can burn your house down by chewing through electrical wiring to grind down their constantly growing teeth, and, worst of all, they can spread all kinds of horrible diseases like salmonella and leptospirosis. Bottom line; voles, moles, and gophers are a nuisance. Rats and mice are an emergency.

Where do rodents live?

Where rodents live depends on what species they are. Voles, moles, and gophers live in burrows and tunnels underground. Squirrels live in the ground or up in trees. Rats and mice live wherever they feel like living, including your house. Because rats and mice eat the food in your garbage and pantry (while other rodents do not), they're the rodents most likely to come into contact with you.

What do rodents eat?

Again, what rodents eat depends on their species. Voles and gophers are vegetarians, eating roots, seeds, tubers, and other easily accessible plant matter. Moles eat earthworms and other invertebrates found in the soil, as well as plant roots. Mice are on the pickier side; they'll eat seeds, dried fruits, cereals, grains, etc. Rats, meanwhile, are kind of like living garbage disposals. They'll eat anything.

How do I know if I have a rodent problem?

Signs of rodents will depend on the rodent species. If you have gophers, voles, or moles, you might notice inexplicable plant damage, holes in your yard, and patterns of bucked-up grass where these rodents tunnel underground.

Rats and mice, meanwhile, will be closer to home. You might find droppings inside your kitchen or pantry. Damage such as ripped-up insulation and furniture cushions, torn-up food packaging, or chewed-through wiring are also signs of an infestation.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Keeping rodents away begins with making your home less attractive to them. To do this, take preventative measures:

  • Cover all trash with tight lids.
  • Store foods in hard, airtight containers.
  • Use fake owls and other scare tactics.
  • Seal up cracks and holes around your home.

You might also consider getting a cat or rodent dog. Rodents are less likely to take up residence with their natural predators. Reach out to us today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control options. 

How do I get rid of rodents?

Getting rid of rodents in Idaho Falls can be a nightmare for homeowners working alone because OTC traps and poisons are not usually effective. That's why you should call the experts here at Epoch Pest Solutions. Our rodent control experts can help you handle your infestation no matter what or how big it is!

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