Rats and mice can be not-so nice! Rodents have a list of negative impacts when they invade people’s structures. They are a nuisance, destructive to property, are disease carriers, and contaminate food. Rodents are known to contaminate a considerable amount of the world’s food supply with at least 20% of that supply being affected. Their two pairs of incisors continuously grow and require eating and gnawing to keep them worn down.
Most rodents are nocturnal, causing many nights of unrest for the resident of an infested home. They are usually only seen during the day if a large population is present. Rodents are active year-round, but most infestation takes place during the fall and winter. Bad weather, lack of food and rising water levels drive the rodents out to find accessible accommodations. Rodents can fit in extremely small holes and if a hole is too small, they will enlarge the entrance. It is easy for them to find their way into a structure and travel through the attic, walls, sub areas, and along pipes. They collect material for their nests such as clothing, insulation, and other unusual materials. Once an infestation is noticed, it is best to start control of rodents immediately. Traps are normally used, and will take time to reduce the population. Here are some of the more common species of rodents: