What are rodents?

Rodents make up the largest group of mammals and include some of the most common household invading pests in the world: mice and rats. The word “Rodentia” comes from a Latin word, which means “to gnaw”—and gnaw they do! Rodents range in size from tiny (just a few ounces) to very large (over a hundred pounds), but all have one feature in common—continuously growing front incisors. Rodents will gnaw on anything that they come across to prevent their teeth from overgrowing. When living inside homes and businesses, these pests can cause a lot of damage with their constant chewing and prolific breeding habits.

In the Las Vegas area, some of the most common species of invading rodents are listed below:


house mouse eating crumbs

Mice are common household-invading rodents. They are typically light brown to gray with a light cream-colored underbellies and have pointed noses, large dark eyes, and large ears. Mice also have a long tail covered in a light layer of velvety fur.

Roof Rats

roof rat climbing on wood

Roof rats are a very agile species of rat, and their thin build allows them to climb structures with ease. These rodents have dark brown or black fur with gray hairs scattered throughout and their underbellies are lighter in color. Roof rats have pointed noses, large ears, large dark eyes, and long, thin tails that are hairless and scaly.

Norway Rats

norway rat next to the foundation of a home

Norway rats are larger than roof rats and have dense, heavy bodies covered in shaggy brown or gray fur; their underbellies are lighter in color than the rest of their fur. These rats have blunt noses, small ears, small eyes, and long, scaly tails that are hairless and shorter than the total length of their bodies.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous for several reasons, one reason being that they carry harmful bacteria and pathogens that can make people ill. Mice and rats spread illnesses like Hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, and salmonellosis. But this is just the beginning of the problems that these rodents can cause once they take up residence in your Southern Nevada home or business. Other dangers that these rodents pose include:

  • When living inside, rodents will contaminate food items, dishware, and surfaces with their excrement and saliva. 

  • Mice and rats chew through wires, pipes, drywall, flooring, and other structural elements, which can cause damage to the overall structure of your home as well as put you at higher risk of flooding or house fires.

  • To make their nests, rodents will often tear up the insulation in the walls of your home, especially in attics and crawlspaces.

  • Mice and rats often chew on and damage personal items like clothing, shoes, boxes, books, and furniture.

  • As rats have poor eyesight, they leave grease marks on walls and furniture as they follow the same path from their nest to their food source each day.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents like mice and rats tend to be very agile and gain access to homes by diving down chimneys, climbing up walls, balancing across utility wires, running across tree branches, and squeezing through small openings in exterior walls and foundations. Rodents find their way into our homes after being attracted to our properties while foraging for food; gardens, compost bins, trash cans, outdoor eating areas, and bird feeders can all attract mice and rats to your yard. Relentless in their search for food and shelter, rodents will make themselves at home in any home or yard where food, water, and safe nesting spots are present.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents are wild animals, but over time and as our habitats have grown closer together, they have come to rely on people for some of their basic needs. Rodents can be found living in a wide variety of different environments, including wooded areas, fields, parks, yards, and, of course, inside homes, businesses, and other structures. Inside, they nest behind walls, under floors, and above ceilings, usually within 10-30 feet of their food sources as well as behind large appliances, in cabinets, and inside upholstered furniture.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Red Rock Pest Control understands that rodents and other household pests are difficult and stressful to deal with. Our certified pest control technicians are experienced in eliminating the pests found throughout the Las Vegas region and know how to protect both people and property from them. We offer professional rodent control services you can trust to eliminate rodents from your Las Vegas property and keep them from returning.

If you are looking for quality pest control solutions for your Las Vegas home or business, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Keep mice and rats out of your home and yard using the following rodent prevention tips:

  • Cut back tree branches and overgrown shrubs and bushes away from the exterior of your home.

  • Place tight-fitting caps on chimneys.

  • Place mesh covers over all vents leading into your home.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors, especially basements doors.

  • Fix damaged roof eaves using wire mesh to seal gaps.

  • Keep tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.

  • Pick up fallen fruits and vegetables in garden areas.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

  • Remove bird feeders from your yard.

Helpful Rodent Articles

Why Do I Have Mice In My Las Vegas Home?

Why Mice In Vegas Are So Hard To Get Rid Of On Your Own

What You Ought To Know About Black Rats In Vegas

Everything Las Vegas Property Owners Need To Know About Rats

A Step-By-Step Guide To Effective Mouse Control For Vegas Homeowners


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