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Rodent Infestations In New Castle Can Be Particularly Dangerous

July 22, 2022

 

Rodents are troublesome pests that plague home and business owners in New Castle.  Classified in the order Rodentia, more than 2,500 different rodent species exist.  The term "rodent" is derived from the Latin word "rodere" describing creatures that chew or gnaw on materials.  Among the most common types include rats, mice, and squirrels.
 
Rodents have overgrown front teeth (incisors) that motivate these pests to continuously gnaw on things, which is especially problematic when materials within your property are involved. The majority of rodents are herbivores that consume seeds, nuts, and leaves; however, they also eat many foods that humans do.  
 
Based on their size, little rodents can easily navigate their way inside through small openings. Their ability to infiltrate a commercial environment has proven to be problematic and most commonly occurs in business settings where food is prepared, consumed, or stored. 
 
Are you struggling to get rid of rodents that are invading the property and posing health risks?  A licensed provider of New Castle pest control services knows how to get rid of rodents in yards and many interior locations. 

What Are The Types Of Property-Invading Rodents In Newcastle?

Some of the most common rodents that invade Newcastle-area properties and may pose health risks and create property damage include: 
 
·         The common house mouse (Mus Musculus): The house mouse usually appears in a shade of gray, has a round body that measures 3 to 4 inches long and has round black eyes. Females generate dozens of offspring per year; therefore, minor intrusions can quickly develop into major infestations. 
·         The deer mouse (Peromyscus Maniculatus): Slightly larger than the house mouse, deer mice have brown fur and a hairless tail. The deer mouse is most commonly found in the Eastern U.S. and is a carrier of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. 
·         Roof rats (Rattus rattus): The roof rat is commonly termed a “black” or “ship” rat and is known for having excellent climbing skills that allow the species to infiltrate structures from roofs or other upper areas. Roof rats have a body length of 6 to 8 inches and a tail that exceeds its body length. 
·         Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus):  The Norway rat usually has brown fur with some black hairs, a body that is 6 to 8 inches long, and a tail of approximately the same length. Unlike the roof rat, the Norway rat remains on ground levels.
·         Squirrels: Including their tail, squirrels commonly exceed 15 inches long and these creatures are good climbers. Some of the most common species include the flying squirrel, gray squirrel, and fox squirrel. 

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Although most rodents are unlikely to be aggressive toward humans, these pests will routinely invade homes seeking food or shelter during colder months.

How Dangerous Is It To Have Rodents On My Property?

Rodents often rummage through garbage and other filthy areas with exposure to germs and parasites. Some of the most common health concerns that rodents carry included leptospirosis, salmonellosis, dysentery, and more. As rodents travel through commercial properties, they spread excrement that can create health risks.  Many of these contaminants could become airborne and cause allergic reactions.  
 
Rodents also may create property damage by tearing through materials such as insulation, which they may also accumulate for creating nesting sites. Because of their constant gnawing, rodents might also damage cables and wires.

All The Factors That Attract Rodents To Your Commercial Space

Businesses that fail to keep food in durable, sealed containers or allow access to trash containing food scraps are likely to encounter rodents. Because of their small size, preventing rodents requires filling cracks and crevices, sealing gaps near exterior doors, and covering vents, utility pass-throughs, and other openings with screens or other barriers.

How To Safely Get Rid Of Rodents In New Castle And Keep Them Away

The technicians with Moyer Pest Control provide rodent control services for commercial clients in New Castle. We will eliminate existing rodents and implement preventative measures using a variety of potential pest control tools and treatment options. We encourage you to contact us today to schedule a property inspection. 

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