What are rodents?
Rodents are common visitors to Texas yards. They are small mammals that have adapted very well to living with or close to people. Whether you live in a rural area or urban center, rodents know how to take advantage of the food and shelter we provide them.
One physical feature that connects all rodents, and why they are a part of the order Rodentia, is their continuously growing front incisors. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing and keep them sharp and healthy, they constantly gnaw on the objects they come across. A rodent’s front incisors are very important to them; they use their chisel-like front teeth to build nests, feed, and as a means of defense.
Along with rats and mice, the following rodents are the most common visitors to our properties:
- Roof rats
- Norway rats
- House mice
- Field mice
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents certainly are dangerous pests to have in our yards, tunneling through and under gardens and foundations. They will dig through trash and boxes stored in our garages and sheds and will gnaw on and make inedible fruits and vegetables in our gardens.
Rodents often carry heavy loads of fleas and ticks on their bodies, and they introduce those parasites into the yards they are nesting in. Notorious carriers of diseases and bacteria that make people ill, having rodents running around our yards, through our gardens, and over our outdoor tables and grills is never an ideal situation.
Damage to wooden structures, wires, and cables in our yards by rodents are other common problems associated with these pests.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Rodents are drawn to our Texas yards because they often provide these small critters with the food they need to survive and secluded areas to hide that keep them from becoming a predator’s lunch. Rodents have become accustomed to living near us, and while they do their best to stay hidden, they also do their best to stay close enough to us to take advantage of the basic needs we offer them.
Where will I find rodents?
Rodents are nocturnal and most active while we sleep. Their nocturnal nature and prolific breeding habits often allow for a large infestation to develop before we realize we have a problem. Knowing where rodents like to nest and hide is important so you can identify their presence sooner rather than later.
There are many places in our yards where you will find rodents nesting:
- Woodpiles, fallen trees, and tree stumps
- Gardens and vines
- Areas next to or under foundation or concrete slabs
- Under decks or sheds
- In trees (roof rats)
- Tall grass, weeds, and flower beds
- Under bushes or shrubs
How do I get rid of rodents?
The best way to eliminate unwanted rodents from your yard is to consult with a professional. At Trees Hurt Too, Inc., we understand the damage and stress rodents can cause and will work with you to eliminate them from your yard.
We are a locally owned and operated company and understand the rodent control needs of home and business owners located in Tarrant County, TX. To learn more about our pest control services, give us a call today, and speak with one of our helpful professionals!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Limit the chances of your yard becoming a home to rodents with the following prevention tips:
- Clean up your yard of woodpiles, construction debris, fallen trees, and brush piles where rodents can hide.
- Regularly mow the grass.
- Keep spaces under decks and porches free of clutter.
- Keep shrubs and bushes well-pruned to prevent rodents from nesting within them unseen.
- Plant shrubbery and landscaping plants well away from the outside perimeter of your home.
- Fill in any ground holes you discover in your yard and garden areas.
- Limit a rodent’s access to food in your yard by keeping lids on trash cans and compost bins. Also, always pick up uneaten pet food.
- Maintain gardens, regularly harvesting fruits and vegetables.
- Keep outdoor eating areas and grill areas free of food debris.