10 Easy Yet Effective Rodent Prevention Tips For Las Vegas Property Owners
Rodents are rather notorious and divisive pests because while some people don’t mind them and even keep them as pets, others are quite terrified of these small mammals. However, even if you think these rodents are cute, they are very dangerous to have around your property because they can cause many health problems.
The most common rodents in Las Vegas that get inside homes and businesses are mice and rats. While they are different species, they are very similar in how they behave and the kinds of problems they can cause. Luckily, it’s very unlikely to have an infestation of both at the same time, but having an infestation of either one can be a serious headache.
It can be difficult to tell rats and mice apart because while mice are smaller than rats, it’s not uncommon to confuse a baby rat for a mouse. So, the best way to tell mice apart from rats is by looking at their faces, ears, and tails. Mice are usually a brown-grey color with cream underbellies, and they have triangular faces, big ears, and skinny, long tails in proportion to their bodies. Rats, on the other hand, can range from a grey-brown to a dark grey color, and they have blunter faces, smaller ears, and thicker, scaly tails.
How Do Rodents Get Inside In The First Place?
Rodents can get inside a property in many ways including slipping through cracks in walls, through broken screens, and even through the building’s foundation. They usually come inside in search of food sources and shelter, and they have adapted to be able to live alongside humans. Mice and rat behavior leads them to look for even small crumbs, and most homes and businesses provide ample food sources to sustain them.
What Are The Risks Of A Rodent Infestation?
If mice or rats get onto your property, they can cause many problems. First of all, they need to constantly chew to keep their ever-growing incisors from getting too big. This means they will chew on everything from drywall and wood to wires and plumbing. Over time, this can lead to safety risks and cost you money in repairs.
However, the real worry with rodents is that they can spread diseases including hantavirus and that they can also carry parasites such as fleas that can lead to severe illnesses such as the plague. On top of this, they can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks, and the build-up of their feces over time can lead to respiratory problems.
10 Simple Rodent Prevention Tips
Since rodents are able to chew through so many kinds of materials, it can be difficult to prevent them. Plus, a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime and a rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, so overall, prevention isn’t always possible.
However, there are some easy and effective things you can do to reduce the risk of an infestation. Here is a list of the top ten prevention tips:
Filling up cracks and crevices in the walls and foundation of the building with caulk.
Checking under decks and wood piles for rodents and sealing up any access points in these areas.
Placing weather stripping and door sweeps around your home or business.
Regularly trimming any vegetation that sits next to the exterior of the building.
Making your property less attractive to rodents by regularly taking out the trash and keeping outdoor trash cans fitted with lids.
Cleaning up food and drink spills immediately.
Storing pet food in airtight containers.
Regularly sweeping and mopping.
Doing dishes often and not leaving dirty ones in the sink.
Seeking help from pest professionals.
How To Get Total Rodent Control
Because of the unique difficulties in preventing and controlling rodent populations, the most reliable and safest way to protect your Las Vegas property from these dangerous pests is with help from Red Rock Pest Control. We are focused on providing friendly customer service and flexible pest control options that work for you. Our technicians are trained and certified and have experience getting rid of both mouse and rat infestations.
If you’ve noticed signs of rodents around your property, contact us today to learn more about our residential and commercial rodent control services. You can reach out to us online or give us a call at (702) 508-7544.