Ultimate Rodent Prevention Guide For Las Vegas Homeowners

2/20/2020


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There are really only a few things you need to know about rodents in Las Vegas. While this guide will be short, you'll get all the important facts you need in order to protect your family and your home from the threat rodents pose.

What Rodents To Expect

There are three rodents that can infest your home and move about from the bottom to the top. They're the field mouse (also called the common house mouse), Norway rat, and the roof rat. The house mouse and the roof rat are the most common home-infesting pests. While Norway rats can get in and stay in, they prefer to live in underground burrows.

Diseases

There are many illnesses that can be caused by mice and rats. This is because they climb around in sewers, dumpsters, and other dirty places. The most common illnesses related to rodents are Salmonella and E. coli. But rats and mice are known to spread at least 35 diseases. They do this through their saliva, urine, feces, and contact with fur. The most dangerous disease caused by rodents is the plague. While we now have a cure for the plague, it can still be deadly.

Parasites

When mice and rats get into homes, they bring ticks, fleas, and other parasites in with them. This will expose your family and your pets to another long list of illnesses. Some tick-borne diseases can lead to lifelong medical complications.

Attractants

Mice and rats are drawn to standing water, food sources, hiding places, and harborage. If you reduce attractants, you can make your yard more resistant to rodents.

Water

Address conditions that allow puddles to form, or that create conditions of high moisture near your home. Water is one of the building blocks of life.

Food

Remove, protect, and limit food sources around your home. Install fencing around gardens, fruit trees, berry bushes, etc. Move bird feeders at least 20 feet from your exterior. Keep trash in clean and sealed receptacles. Reduce bug populations around your home.

Hiding

Mice and rats are skittish. They will be more comfortable in a yard that has lots of hiding places. This may be objects left in the yard or it may be vegetation. Stow unnecessary objects inside, and keep your grass and landscaping trimmed to reduce rodent activity.

Harborage

When mice explore your home, they may get the idea that it would be nice to live inside. Do an inspection of your exterior and seal any entry points you find.

Rodents Can Make Entry Points

Once you've sealed potential entry points, your job isn't finished. You should do routine inspections of your exterior. Mice and rats can make short work of weatherstripping, door sweeps, screens, vent covers, and soffits. It only takes a hole the size of a dime for a mouse to get in, and it only takes a hole the size of a quarter for a rat to get in. If you see a spot that is being chewed on, consider bolstering your defenses by adding metal flashing.

Rodents Can Climb & Jump

You would be amazed if you could watch a rodent exploring your exterior at night. These nocturnal animals are incredible athletes. They can jump more than a foot straight up, and they can scale rough surfaces. Keep this in mind as you do inspections of your home and bolster your defenses.

The Only Way To Control Rodents

There is really only one way to effectively control rodents. They must be trapped and removed. Poisons and other pest control measures that kill rodents can leave them rotting inside your walls. Unfortunately, trapping rodents isn't an easy task. It requires training, experience, and proper equipment. This is where we can help. The licensed pest professionals here at Red Rock Pest Control use field-tested strategies and tamper-resistant traps to monitor and control rodents. If you need assistance with rodents, we can help. Reach out to us anytime for same-day service.




 

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