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Rodent Identification

What are rodents?

Rodents mammals and are prolific breeders. More than 1,500 species live throughout the world. Many species of rodents live well away from people, while others have learned to live near us, becoming common unwanted visitors in our yards and sometimes our homes.

If you see rodents or signs of rodent activity on your Ventura Country area property, you are most likely dealing with roof rats, meadow mice, or moles. All three of these species are common invaders of our yards, homes, and commercial properties.

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Roof rats have a slim build and dark fur. Their thick, hairless tails is longer than their body, and they have a pointed nose. These rodents are agile and excellent climbers.

Meadow mice or voles are small rodents with small ears mostly hidden by their fur. They also have a short fur-covered tail and a rounded nose. Covering the stocky, round body is dense black or brown fur.

Moles have a small, stocky bodies covered in dense, dark brown, or black velvety fur. They also are equipped with large front feet and rounded claws they use to tunnel through the ground. They have little eyes, poor vision, and ears without external openings. These rodents spend most of their lives underground.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are one of the most common invaders into our homes and businesses, so common that it is easy to overlook that having them on your property is dangerous.

There are many health risks associated with rodents. On their backs, rodents carry a variety of parasites, including fleas and ticks, which spread diseases to people and animals, including Lyme disease.

Rodents carry on their bodies and in their saliva and excrement a variety of bacteria and pathogens that can make people sick. Rodents spread salmonella, rat-bite fever, and murine typhus.

Rodents and their sharp, front teeth that grow throughout their lives can cause damage to our homes and belongings. They will use their teeth to gnaw on walls, floors, furniture, cabinets, and more. Their teeth allow them to easily create holes in food packaging, boxes, and other storage containers. Wires, pipes, and cables are also subject to damage by rodents and their chisel-like front teeth.

Garden pests like moles cause even more damage by creating trails and dirt mounds in your yard. They form these unsightly piles of dirt while foraging underground for food. Their presence causes unsightly damage to lawns, makes mowing difficult, and causes trip and fall hazards.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

As our habitats have expanded, we have taken over a lot of space, space that we share with many animals, including rodents. Over time, rodents have learned they can obtain food and shelter from our yards, and when necessary, our homes.

These mammals can squeeze their bodies through the tiniest spaces. Rodents typically move inside searching for food or when the weather outside becomes too harsh; both cold and extremely hot weather can drive rodents into our temperature-controlled homes.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents live in large populations outside and sometimes inside our homes. Where they prefer to live depends on their species:

Roof rats prefer to live up off the ground making fruit trees, woodpiles, and vines their home. If they more indoors, roof eaves, ceiling rafters, and attics spaces are often places roof rats hide and nest.

Voles live in tall grass, dense ground cover, and other landscaping. Orchards, farms, tree farms, golf courses, and yards are preferred habitats. While these rodents aren’t common inside our homes, every now and again, they will move inside, generally at ground level, and ending up in basements or behind walls voids.

Moles are outdoor pests; our lawns, vegetable gardens, and flower beds are commonly invaded by hungry moles searching for their favorite food, usually  earthworms and other insects. These pests rarely, if ever, go indoors, but they often inhabit and damage our lawns.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Protect your California property from rodents with the help of the experts at Ventura Pest Control, our area’s oldest family owned and operated pest control company. With over 62 years of success in the pest control industry, you can rest assured that we will solve your property’s specific rodent problem. Our rodent control services include inspections, exclusions services, trapping, baiting, and more to ensure the complete elimination of your rodent infestation.

To learn more about the exceptional rodent control services we offer throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas, give Ventura Pest Control a call today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent rodents from invading your property:

  • Keep trash inaccessible to rodents by always placing locking lids on top of them.
  • Remove bird feeders and uneaten pet food to eliminate food sources from your property that rodents could take advantage of.
  • Remove dense vegetation, maintain gardens, and keep the grass cut short to limit hiding spots for rodents on your property.
  • Remove fallen trees, woodpiles, and tree stumps from your yard.
  • Repair leaky pipes and hoses to eliminate water sources.
  • Cut tree branches back away from your home’s roof.
  • Seal spaces in the foundation of your home, repair damaged siding, fix holes along the roofline and make sure screens are intact and secure to help keep rodents out of your home.
 

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