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What are rodents?

Rodents are mammals that are known for their ever-growing incisors. Because these two teeth never stop growing, rodents never stop chewing and gnawing on objects in an effort to keep the teeth at a manageable length. There are many species of rodents, but the two most common home-invading rodents in Overland Park are rats and mice.

These small rodents are usually brown or gray with long tails. Rats are larger than mice, growing up to 11 inches, not including their tails, while mice top out at around four inches, not including their tails. Both mice and rats have a varied diet that includes plants and meats, and they’ll eat just about anything they can find. They tend to spread out more outdoors; if living in a confined space, rodents will nest together in groups.

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Are rodents dangerous?

House rodents are one of the few types of pests that are a danger to your home and your health. Because of their constant chewing, when rodents get into your house, they will quickly begin to damage and destroy it. While it’s bad enough to have clothing and other belongings ruined by rodents, the real trouble comes when they start damaging sheetrock, wiring, and pipework in your house. Depending on what they nibble on, rodents can cause electrical problems, fire hazards, water leaks, mold issues, and more.

The trouble doesn’t end there. Rodents are also a danger to your health. They are known to spread diseases and can easily contaminate food and food prep surfaces as they travel through your house looking for food. Additionally, they can bring parasites into your home that can also spread diseases.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents enter homes in search of food, water, and shelter. An infestation often occurs in the fall as the temperature drops, and they need a secure place to spend the winter. If you have backyard rodents, it’s very easy for them to make their way into your house. They’ll do this by exploiting weak spots around your house to gain entry. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. Even if they don’t find one quite big enough, they can easily chew around a smaller opening until it is big enough to enter.

Where will I find rodents?

Once they get into your house, you can find rodents in a number of locations. They typically nest in secluded areas. You might find them in the attics or basements, behind appliances, in wall voids, or in storage rooms. You’ll likely see signs of their presence in your cupboards and pantry by finding their droppings or noticing food packages with jagged holes. If you see any signs of a rodent infestation, you need to know how to get rid of rodents in your house.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Rodents are good at hiding, and they breed rapidly. This means that a small infestation can quickly become a large infestation. If you have rodents in your house, you need rodent control in Overland Park that our trained professionals perform. Mantis Pest Solutions provides homes with the necessary services for complete rodent elimination. Our rodent control treatments are thorough and focus on prevention so that you don’t have to worry about it happening again.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Effective rodent control is essential if you want to avoid a rodent infestation in the future. In addition, there are several things you can do yourself to help prevent rodents from getting into your house. First, seal up all openings in your home — repair even the most minor entry point. Next, make your yard unattractive to rodents. Remove food and water sources and harborage areas. Inside, make sure to keep food stored in sealed containers, clean up after each meal, and eliminate as much clutter as possible. For all of your rodent control questions and needs, contact Mantis Pest Solutions.

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