What are Rodents?


Rodents are mammals that regularly find their way into our Texas yards and homes. Whether you live in an urban or rural area, there are rodents. Rodents use our homes as a refuge from harsh weather, as a place to nest, and a place to easily forage for food.

If rodents have become a problem in your yard or home, they are likely one of the following species:

  • Mice
  • Norway rats
  • Roof rats
  • Squirrels

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are a danger to people and our indoor and outdoor spaces. Rodents all have constantly growing front incisors that are sharp and chisel-like. They use these teeth to their advantage to do things like feed, chew their way in and out of places, and defend themselves. To keep their teeth healthy and from overgrowing, they constantly have to gnaw. When rodents are in our yards or homes, their gnawing habits cause damage to things like:

  • Tree bark
  • Drywall and flooring
  • Boxes
  • Furniture
  • Wires, pipes, and cables
  • Clothing, blankets, and mattresses

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents have developed a close relationship with people and our properties. Whether your home is surrounded by fields, parks, sidewalks, or parking lots, one of the many species of rodents is living nearby.

While rodents can happily live outside without much help from people, they won’t hesitate to take advantage of the basic needs they find on our properties. They will forage for food from trash cans and gardens, drink water from clogged gutters and downspouts, and nest within areas of dense vegetation or yard clutter.

Rodents may move into our homes any time of the year. The two major driving forces are a lack of food and extreme weather conditions.

Where will I find rodents?

Both squirrels and roof rats prefer a more aerial lifestyle and are found nesting in trees and other off-the-ground places like vines, shrubs, and woodpiles. In our homes, they like to nest in wall voids, attics, chimneys, and roof eaves.

Norway rats are large rats with a heavy build. They are not as agile as other rodents and tend to live at ground level. Outside they burrow under foundations, decks, woodpiles, constructions debris, and trash piles. Norway rats stay at ground level inside our homes and nest in basements, crawl spaces, and within wall voids.

Mice are small agile rodents. Their size and flexibility allow them to live almost anywhere. Outside they like to live in secluded areas that provide them with a lot of protection from predators. In our homes, mice can be found almost anywhere, including in furniture, storage boxes, cabinets, vents, and behind walls voids, or under floors.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Get rid of the rodents that have decided to make themselves at home in your Seguin property with the help of the rodent control professionals at Daniel Pest Control. Our rodent control services in Seguin provide our customers with a thorough inspection to identify what rodents are present, how they’re getting in, and the best treatment option for your specific property. Then, our highly trained and knowledgeable professionals will remove the rodents from your property and schedule follow-up services to ensure they won’t return! To receive a free estimate or learn more about our home pest control options, please reach out to us today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

The following tips and tricks will help you make your yard and home less attractive to curious rodents:

  • Remove debris from your yard like brush piles, woodpiles, and fallen trees where mice may nest.
  • Never store trash cans near your home’s exterior. Always keep lids on trash cans and have trash regularly removed from your property.
  • If you have gardens or fruit trees on your property, make sure you regularly harvest the fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep rodents from gaining easy access into your home by installing door sweeps, placing caps on chimneys, and putting mesh covers over vents.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen and keep your family’s food out of the reach of hungry rodents by storing it in the fridge or hard-sided containers with lids.

Eliminating a rodent infestation in Seguin, TX is no easy task. That’s why the best and only way to treat a significant rodent infestation around your Texas property is to rely on treatments from Daniel Pest Control. We make it easy to get and stay pest-free, providing a mix of products that work through every season.

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