Rodents

What are rodents?

Though there are several species of rodents found living here in Oklahoma, there are only two that present themselves as major pests: rats and mice. Other rodents such as squirrels will occasionally take shelter under porches or inside attic spaces, but usually only do so during the colder months or when the weather outside becomes unfavorable.

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Rodents can be characterized by their sharp, front incisors that never stop growing. To maintain their teeth and keep them at a manageable length, rodents will chew and gnaw on just about anything they can find. And if these rodents find their way into your home or business, that behavior can cause some serious and often costly problems.

Are rodents dangerous?

The answer to this question is yes, both mice and rats are considered dangerous pests. The dangers that these rodents pose come in two forms: dangers to your health and dangers to your home. Like we mentioned before, rodents have a constant need to chew and, due to the strength of their teeth, the list of things they can chew through is rather long. In fact, their teeth are so strong they can chew through wire mesh, concrete, and even lead. This could mean trouble for the inner workings of your home or business!

The biggest threat that mice and rats pose when living inside the walls of your home is to your wiring. If rodents come across a clump of wiring between them and where they want to go, they will likely attempt to chew through it, making them even more unwelcome in your home! In addition, if those wires are live, they could spark a house fire in your home.

Another threat rodents pose is the spread of diseases and parasites like fleas and ticks. Some of the diseases that mice and rats carry include:

  • Salmonellosis

  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis

  • Mycoplasma

  • Leptospirosis

  • Dysentery

The parasites that mice and rats carry can also spread harmful diseases. Fleas are known carriers of murine typhus and the plague and are capable of spreading tapeworm to both humans and our pets while ticks are known to transmit diseases like Lyme disease, Powassan virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and babesiosis.  

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents will invade homes to gain access to their three basic needs: food, water, and shelter. If your home provides an ample amount of these necessities and rodents can get inside through a breach in your home or business's exterior, they're likely to stick around. And these rodents only need a very small opening to be able to squeeze inside.

How do I get rid of rodents?

If you find rodents inside your home or business, your first move should be to call the professionals here at Dandi Guaranty to remove them. Our pest technicians have been trained to handle rodents of all shapes and sizes, including mice and rats, and are equipped with the highest quality tools to meet the specific needs of your home or business. Don’t let rodents threaten your home or business! Instead, partner with Dandi Guaranty and keep those rodents out!

Can I control rodents myself?

Eliminating rodents using DIY rodent control methods can often feel impossible. Oftentimes, rodent traps don’t work correctly and pesticides can be harmful to more than just the rodents they're meant to eliminate. And no matter how much success you think you've seen, more rodents keep showing up. If you're dealing with a rodent problem in your home or business, don’t drive yourself crazy trying to handle it on your own. Instead, partner with the Oklahoma pest control experts here at Dandi Guaranty for quality rodent protection! With our comprehensive residential and commercial pest control services and specialized rodent control products, we'll get rid of those rodents in no time!

 

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