Rodents are any animals that fall under the order Rodentia, and while there are many different species, they all share dental structures that are ideal for gnawing. In the United States, most rodents that are pests are one of the following:
Most rodents are smaller than a housecat, with the exception of the capybara, a very large rodent native to South America that in recent years has become a problem in Florida.
Rodents pose a wide range of risks for homes and businesses alike. While they do not prey on animals, they are large enough and have sharp enough teeth that they can inflict injury if forced to defend themselves. They can also cause property damage by chewing through siding, tearing up food, and gnawing on electrical cords – the latter of which could pose a fire risk. Not to mention, rodents are famed disease carriers; infestations can be major health hazards.
In addition, rodents can bring along secondary issues. Fleas and mosquitos often accompany rodents and bring their own set of challenges and health problems.
Keep an eye out for droppings, gnaw marks, and destroyed food. All are signs of a rodent problem, especially if they persist. Your ears can help, too; it’s a red flag if you hear scurrying, scratching, or other unusual sounds. Odd pet behavior, such as incessant whining or scratching in an odd place, can also indicate a problem, as cats and dogs can smell much better than humans.
With the potential for disease and property damage, rodents are a terrible thing to have in your home. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact your friends at McCallContact your friends at McCall for expert help in diagnosing and eradicating a rodent problem in your home or business.