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

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Rodents look cute, with their little wiggly noses, whiskers, and fuzzy faces, but the wild ones are much more pests than pets. With their gnawing teeth and swift movements, rodents can quickly become unwanted guests in your Denton home. Identifying, addressing, and preventing rodent invasions are crucial steps for homeowners. 

At Mayco Pest & Termite Control, we are experts in Denton rodent control services and are here to help you with your most challenging rodent problems. Call us today, and let us get to work for you. 

Common Rodent Species: Identifying Different Types Of Rodents

Rodents are a diverse group, but the most common rodent species that invade homes in Denton are mice and rats. Mice are typically smaller and have large ears, a pointed snout, and a long, hairless tail. They can fit through tiny openings, making them especially adept at infiltrating homes. Rats are larger than mice and have a more robust build, as well as a scaly tail. Roof rats, Norway rats, and wood rats are common in Texas. Identifying the species is essential for effective control. Squirrels are outdoor rodents that sometimes come inside for food, water, and shelter. They are typically gray, with long, bushy tails. 

If you see any of these pests around your home, don’t approach them. Instead, contact us for a complete home pest inspection and let us identify the species of rodent in your home. 

Health Risks Of Rodent Invasions: Protecting Your Family And Pets

Beyond the obvious discomfort of sharing your living space with rodents, these pests bring significant health risks to a household. Rodents can carry diseases such as hantavirus, salmonella, and leptospirosis, which they can transmit through contact with their urine, droppings, or saliva. Along with diseases, rodent hair, dander, and feces can trigger allergies and respiratory issues, especially in sensitive individuals.

Along with the dangers of rodents in your home, they are notorious for their gnawing habits. They can damage electrical wiring, insulation, and even structural components of your home. Rodents have even been known to gnaw through live electrical wires and plumbing, causing floods and fires. 

Rodent Exclusion Tips: Safeguard Your Property From Infestations

One of the ways to avoid the issues caused by a rodent infestation is to take the steps necessary to prevent one.

These steps include:

  • Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for gaps or cracks and seal them with steel wool, caulk, hardware cloth, or other rodent-proof material. Pay special attention to areas around doors, windows, and utility openings.
  • Proper Food Storage: Store food in airtight containers and promptly clean up crumbs and spills. Rodents are attracted to accessible food sources.
  • Regular Cleaning: Keep your home clean and clutter-free. Rodents seek hiding spots in piles of clutter, making it easier for them to go undetected.
  • Landscaping Maintenance: Trim overgrown vegetation and eliminate debris around your home. Rodents use these areas for nesting and hiding.

If you have any questions or want to make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent rodents, contact us today

Professional Rodent Control: Why Expertise Matters

If you are dealing with an active infestation, contact us immediately for professional rodent control in Denton. While DIY methods may capture a few rodents, they don’t get to the root of the problem. At Mayco Pest & Termite Control, we offer rodent control solutions that eliminate active infestation and keep these dangerous and destructive pests from returning. 

We use a combination of traps and baits to safely capture the rodents in your home. Along with eliminating the rodents in your home, we will provide minor exclusion work to seal the potential entry points these pests use to sneak in. We’ll keep your home rodent-free so you and your family can feel safe and comfortable at home.