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Rodent Control 101: Essential Tips For Keeping Your Reno Home Safe

December 14, 2023 - Rodents

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Rats, mice, and many other rodents thrive in Nevada. They readily adapt to our urban and rural environments, where they can find plenty of food sources. Species like the deer mouse and roof rat are ubiquitous and present numerous challenges when you try to keep them out of your home.

This article on rodent control in Reno will cover everything you need to know about these little scavengers, including the different types of rodents in the area and how to protect yourself from the health risks they bring. We will also review how to keep them off your property for good.

Common Rodent Species: Identifying Different Types Of Rodents

Many types of rodents can infest your Reno homes; learning about them will help anticipate the distinct challenges they pose.

House mice are small and agile. They typically nest indoors and feed on food scraps. Despite their unthreatening size, they can cause plenty of structural damage with their gnawing.

Norway rats are larger and burly. They dig extensive burrows and thrive in lower-level areas like basements. Roof rats, on the other hand, are slender and excellent climbers. They are more likely to infest your attics and trees. You can find many rodents in the walls, too.

Squirrels are also rodents. They tend to take over attics, destroying them by gnawing and nesting. Some lawn pests, like voles and gophers, prefer to stay outside, where they will wreak havoc on your lawn and garden.

All rodents multiply rapidly. Knowing how to keep them away from your property is vital to avoid the many health risks of a rodent infestation.

Health Risks Of Rodent Invasions: Protecting Your Family And Pets

Rodent invasions can be very problematic. Many of these invaders carry diseases like leptospira and salmonella through their feces and urine, not to mention potential bites if they become aggressive. The airborne particles they release can also cause respiratory issues. 

Beyond that, remember that rodents have continuously growing teeth they must keep in check. They do so by chewing everything from your wooden furniture to electrical wires, potentially causing fires and costly repairs.

As for your pets, contact with rodents can lead to parasite infestations. Fleas and ticks tend to be the main culprits. Talk to your veterinarian to learn how to keep your furry friends safe. Regular check-ups and vaccinating them against the diseases these pests can cause can make a significant difference.

The best way to protect your loved ones from these dangerous and unwanted guests is to rely on time-tested rodent control strategies, starting with proactive prevention.

Rodent Exclusion Tips: Safeguard Your Property from Infestations

You can safeguard your property from infestations with the following practical rodent exclusion tips:

  • Seal entry points: Many house rodents can fit through surprisingly small openings, about the size of a size two pencil! Inspect your property for possible access points and seal them. Remember to check your foundation for cracks.

  • Clean up your yard: Trimming branches is paramount to eliminate bridges into your home and pathways to your roof and attic.

  • Store food away safely: Keeping food in the fridge or airtight containers can make a world of difference. We recommend putting away pet food outside of feeding times to eliminate another convenient food source. Clean your kitchen and dining room thoroughly at the end of every day.

  • Dispose of trash responsibly: Remember that rodents are attracted to food waste. Put all garbage bags in tightly sealed bins. Keep compost piles away from the house.

  • Keep your property in working order: Check for leaks and other water sources that could attract scavengers and fix them immediately.

These exclusion tips will reduce the chances of rodent infestations. If they are just not enough, we have multiple options to keep these scavengers at bay.

Professional Rodent Control: The Best Way To Keep Mice And Rats Away

At Frontier Pest Control, we are proud to offer a meticulous process for rodent control that works. We will thoroughly inspect your Reno area property to identify rodent entry points and more. Then, through advanced technology like blacklight to detect urine stains, we will strategically place baits and traps while performing exclusion work to fortify your property against intrusions.

We also include reservice visits, ongoing monitoring, sanitation services, and attic insulation in our rodent control plans. Our 60-day warranty and focus on customer satisfaction will ensure the elimination of all these unwanted scavengers. Call us today to get started.

The Frontier Pest Control rodent exterminators go beyond trapping and baiting to eliminate the rodents on your property. Call us or complete the form on our website to schedule your no-obligation inspection.