Rodents In Northern Virginia, Maryland & Washington DC

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What are Rodents?

Rodents are a diverse order of mammals that are present across the globe. They vary wildly in size and lifestyle, with some doing better in the wild and others thriving by living near (and off of) human dwellings. Most are small with robust bodies, short limbs, and long tails - but even these features will vary in how they’re used based on the individual species.

One thing that all rodents have in common is their teeth. All rodents have two pairs of incisors that never stop growing, causing them to constantly gnaw on practically anything they can find in order to wear them down. This can result in all manner of destruction: in addition to direct property damage to the walls and interior of your home, it can also create secondary problems - such as gnawed electrical wires causing fire hazards, or existing gaps in your home’s exterior growing ever wider as they are gnawed on, allowing in water, dirt, and other pests inside in the process. 

One other thing many rodents have in common: their tendency to spread disease. When rodents come into homes and businesses, they make a mark in several ways. They leave oily rub marks and furs on walls and surfaces, they destroy and contaminate foods they get into, and they leave their droppings and urine inside the walls of your home. 

Taken together, these risks make rodents a serious concern for both your health and your wallet should they try to infest your property. That’s why we’re here to give you more information about the rodents you’re up against and what you can do to stop them. While there are hundreds of species of rodents found in North America alone, there are five usual suspects found invading homes and businesses in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. These are the norway rat, roof rat, house mouse, deer mouse, and the vole. 

If you’re worried about rodents in your home, don’t wait: call the rodent elimination experts at Miche Pest Control immediately for rodent removal services. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rodents dangerous?

Yes. While rodents biting humans is rare, they bring numerous secondary health risks with them when they invade homes and businesses. Diseases rodents spread include hantavirus, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, Tularemia, Salmonella, and more. They are also prolific parasite spreaders, and can bring mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and other pests inside with them when they invade, all of which carry their own health risks. 

How can I tell what rodent I’m dealing with?

Identifying the source of your rodent problem can be difficult. In general, there are a number of warning signs that can tell you that you’ve got rodents inside your home, such as:

  • Small, brown, seed-shaped droppings found around the kitchen or in cabinets.

  • Destroyed objects used for nesting material, such as papers, fabrics, or plants.

  • Chewed or destroyed food packaging.

  • Holes in your walls and siding.

  • Oily rub marks or discarded fur on the walls and sideboard.

  • Pungent odor resulting from droppings and urine.

However, while the warning signs may be there, identifying the specific rodent you’re dealing with (and thus the best way to deal with it) is a job best left to a professional pest technician. If you’ve discovered any of the above warning signs in your home, contact us immediately to schedule an inspection. 

Why do I have a rodent problem?

If you have rodents in your home, there are numerous reasons why they could have come inside. However, the most common ones include:

  • Presence of food that’s been left out in the open.

  • Available water sources, such as leaks.

  • Openings in your walls and siding allowing them inside.

  • Presence of other pests (insects) inside your home that they’re preying on.

  • Availability of nesting materials nearby, such as paper or fabrics.

However, even if you’ve kept your home clean and tidy, rodents can still find a way inside if the opportunity presents itself. 

Where are rodent infestations commonly found in homes?

Rodents come inside looking for the resources they need to live: food, water, and shelter. With that in mind, they are most often found in areas where these locations are found, such as in kitchens, bathrooms, attics, garages, and crawl spaces. However, it’s also important to remember that rodents can infest practically anywhere in a home, including inside the walls. 

How can I get rid of rodents?

While there are a number of DIY rodent removal methods on the market, they are not recommended if you want to permanently eliminate the infestation from your home. Unfortunately, DIY methods carry a number of potential downsides, the biggest ones being the failure to completely treat the infestation and their failure to help clean up the mess that rodent infestations leave behind. For that, you’ll need professional help, which is why the best way to get rid of rodents in your home is always to contact a professional rodent treatment provider for help.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

There are a number of steps homeowners can take to prevent rodents from getting into their homes, including:

  • Sealing any holes or tears in your home’s exterior.

  • Keeping exterior doors and windows closed whenever not in use.

  • Cleaning and vacuuming often.

  • Not leaving dirty dishes out.

  • Cleaning up spills immediately.

  • Storing all garbage in bins with tight-fitting lids.

  • Storing all food items, including pet food, in airtight containers.

 

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