What are rodents?
Unfortunately, Hawaii isn’t just home to great people and beautiful weather; it is also homes to many critters like rodents that can make themselves at home in our yards and houses. The warm weather and food sources available year-round allow populations of rodents to thrive.
Two of the most common species of rodents that invade our properties are the small mouse and the larger rat. Their chisel-like front incisors in their top and bottom jaws that grow throughout their lives identify them and all other rodents.
Are rodents dangerous?
Rodents are known for causing property damage and spreading diseases, two things that make them dangerous when living near people.
Chewed wires, flooring, drywall, cables, and damage clothing and furniture are common results of rodents living inside a home. Their chewing habits can lead to short circuits, fires, and water damage.
Rodents carry and spread a variety of diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, and salmonellosis. When in our homes, they contaminate food, dishes, and surfaces with bacteria and human pathogens spread by their saliva, fur, and excrement.
Rodents are also frequently infested with large numbers of fleas and ticks. As they travel throughout your yard or home, they will introduce them to your property, where they can feed on the blood of people and pets.
Why do I have a rodent problem?
Over time, rodents have learned that there will be food and shelter to take advantage of wherever there are people. They have adapted to living near humans as we have taken over more and more of their outdoor habitats. Rodents are nocturnal scavengers and feed on many of the same foods we do, making our yards and homes enticing to them.
Some of their favorite places to forage for food include the following:
- Trash cans
- Compost piles
- Fruit trees
- Outdoor eating areas
- Pet food dishes
- Kitchens and pantries
Where will I find rodents?
Outside, rodents like to live in secluded areas that protect them from both the environment and predators. Some of their favorite nesting spots in our yards include tree stumps, fallen trees, tall grass, trees and shrubs, and dense vegetation.
Inside, mice and rats nest in secluded areas of a house like crawlspaces, behind walls, in the backs of cabinets, behind appliances, in upholstered furniture, in storage boxes, and attics space.
How do I get rid of rodents?
Get rid of rodents from your property by trusting the team of pest control professionals at Pest Tech Hawaii. We are a locally owned and operated pest control company dedicated to delivering pest control services in the Aloha spirit!
Committed to our customers, we offer a full range of customizable pest control and remediation services to eliminate rodents and other household pests from your family’s home and prevent them from returning in the future. If you live in Honolulu and want to learn more about our rodent control solutions or request an estimate, give Pest Tech Hawaii a call today!
How can I prevent rodents in the future?
Rodents are common household pests; partnering with a professional is always the best way to prevent these pests. The following tips will help to make your Hawaii home and property less attractive to rodents:
- Seal holes in your home’s exterior that rodents can fit their bodies through.
- Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans, compost bins, and recycling bins to keep rodents out.
- Maintain garden areas and fruit trees.
- Remove bird feeders and other wild animal feeders from your property.
- Pick up uneaten pet food each evening.
- Keep outdoor eating and cooking areas free of food debris.
- Store food in your kitchen and pantry in hard-sided containers that are difficult for rodents to gnaw through.
- Keep perishables like fruits, vegetables, and baked goods in the fridge, not out on counters.
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