What are rodents?
Like ants, rodents are pests commonly associated with people and our homes because they have learned how to make our indoor and outdoor spaces into a place they call home.
The most common rodents that invade our St. Louis properties are rats and mice. Both species have the characteristic front incisors that grow throughout their entire life. To keep their large front teeth from overgrowing, rats, mice, and other rodents constantly chew on things. Healthy teeth are vital to the success of a rodent; they are used for eating, making entry and exit holes, acquiring nesting materials, and defending themselves.
The mole is not an actual rodent, but a type of insectivore that feeds primarily on insects and lacks the constantly growing front incisors that rodents possess.
Are rodents dangerous?
The damage that rats and mice cause can be quite significant. Rats and mice will use their sharp front incisors and chew through and damage siding, drywall, flooring, furniture, cabinets, wires, and pipes. A rodent infestation is often the cause of a fire or appliance damage because the wires they chew through create short circuits.
Another major problem with rodents is that they are vectors of diseases that make people ill. As they travel across the surfaces of our homes and forage for food in our kitchens, they spread dangerous pathogens and contaminate food sources.
Moles are more destructive than dangerous. The tunnels they create as they search for earthworms and insects create unpleasant-looking dirt trails and mounds in our yards. Their dirt trails can create a trip hazard and make mowing difficult. Their tunnels cause damage to the roots of flowers, bulbs, shrubs, and grass creating costly damage.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Any property that provides rodents or moles with their basic needs can become a victim to these pests. Things that are most attractive to rodents are shelter from extreme weather conditions, reliable sources of water, and various foraging sites.
Food tends to be most important to rodents and moles; they have a high metabolism, and easy access to food helps ensure survival. The following are places where rodents often find food on our properties:
- Dumpster and trash cans
- Pet food bowls
- Outdoor eating areas
- Pet food storage areas
- Bird feeders
Moles tunnel through our yards, flowerbeds, and gardens, searching for their favorite foods — earthworms and insects.
Where will I find rodents?
Rats and mice can become a problem in both our indoor and outdoor spaces. They will take advantage of any spot where they can find safe shelter and access to food.
In yards, mice and rats nest in secluded spots like dense vegetation, under decks or foundations, and under fallen trees or woodpiles. Inside, they nest and travel behind wall voids, under floors, and behind large pieces of furniture or appliances. Basements and attics are two other typical hangouts for these pests.
Moles are not pests that we find nesting or foraging for food in our homes. They are a problem in our outdoor spaces. Properties located next to fields, meadows, parks, and other open areas will most likely become home to these pests.
How do I get rid of rodents?
When rodents have decided to use your St. Louis property as a place to nest, the best way to get rid of them and prevent a fast re-infestation is to partner with a professional. Rodents have become accustomed to living near people, making eliminating them difficult.
At Roberts Pest Control, we are passionate about developing pest control solutions that will meet your family’s needs. Our St. Louis rodent control professionals know how to get to the bottom of your rodent infestation, provide effective treatments, and put in place the routine services needed to offer a long-term solution.
Partner with the company that offers common-sense solutions; partner with Roberts Pest Control. To learn more about our St. Louis rodent control services, contact us today!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Take the time to make changes around your St. Louis yard and home to make it less attractive to rodents and help prevent problems with these disease-spreading, destructive pests.
Below is a list of our most helpful rodent prevention tips:
- Eliminate food odors that will attract hungry rodents to your property. Keep tight-fitting lids on your trash cans, maintain vegetable gardens, and keep outdoor eating and cooking areas free of leftover food or food debris.
- A regular source of water is also attractive to rodents. Repair leaking pipes, low-lying areas that allow water to puddle, and make sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation of your home.
- Take a good look at the outside of your home and seal up any openings or gaps you notice in the exterior using silicone caulk or another appropriate material.
- Take care when feeding pets; rodents love to feed on pet food. Make sure to store their food in hard-sided containers with locking lids. Pick up any food they have left in their bowls every evening.
- The best preventative measure you can take when it comes to moles is to contact a professional as soon as you notice their presence. These tunneling pests are difficult to prevent and even trickier to find and get rid of!