The Secret To Effective Rodent Control For Your Boise Home

October 10, 2022

Rodents are a troublesome category of pests that plague local homeowners. In many cases, home occupants will initially detect rodent activity at night, as they hear rodents in walls, attics, or other areas rummaging around. According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, roughly 45 different rodent species exist throughout the state, and the largest is the beaver, which may weigh up to 50 pounds.

Rodents are the largest single category of mammals. One commonality that exists across all species is having front teeth (incisors) that grow continuously, which motivates these creatures to grind their teeth or gnaw on things constantly.

Are you a local property owner wondering how to get rid of rodents in yard areas and prevent them from entering your home? Rodents are destructive pests that may pose health-related concerns, and seeking assistance from a licensed pest controller is the best course of action. A professional Boise pest control company has a team of properly trained and equipped technicians that will get the job done.

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Types Of Rodents That Often Invade Boise Homes

What are some of the most common types of rodents in Idaho that will enter a home, begin contaminating surfaces, and create other problems? The three most common are Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice. Norway rats will usually enter homes at the ground level. Roof rats are excellent climbers that will sometimes enter through openings on upper floors. House mice are tiny and have brown or grey fur.

Another type of rodent that calls Idaho home is the North American porcupine. Porcupines are the state's second heaviest rodent, often reaching 30 pounds. Porcupines are herbivores that are good at climbing trees and swimming; thus, people will often see them in wooded areas near rivers or streams.  Each year in the U.S., many dogs mistakenly attack a porcupine, find themselves covered in sharp quills, and need treatment from a veterinarian.

Rodents Spread Disease And Damage Property

Rodents are associated with salmonellosis, hantavirus, rat-bite fever, and other health risks. Further, they often transport fleas, ticks, and other harmful pests indoors. Rodents will damage fabric, insulation, and paper products when gathering nesting materials and leave trails of feces and urine that contaminate surfaces.  

Five Effective Tips To Prevent Rodents In Your Home

Implementing effective preventative measures that keep rodents out is much easier than removing these pests once they have already entered your house. Consider the following best practices:

  1. Little rodents pose challenges because they will travel through tiny openings around the foundation. Therefore, fill any cracks or crevices with a durable, weather-resistant caulk or sealant. 
  2. Keep tree branches and taller shrubs trimmed back away from the home, as roof rats might use them for accessing points of entry on upper floors.
  3. Remove attractants in the yard area near the home, such as birdfeeders or fallen fruit, and never place pet food bowls on patios, decks, or in garages.
  4. When placing trash bags containing food scraps outside, always keep them in a durable, sealed garbage receptacle. 
  5. Limit accumulations of water around the home by repairing leaky hoses and cleaning gutters and downspouts, so water flows away from the structure.

Avoid making the mistake that many individuals do by relying on store-bought pest control products that are often ineffective, such as snap traps, sticky traps, and repellant sprays. These options typically yield only short-term benefits and prove insufficient against larger infestations.

Contact The Pros For The Most Effective Rodent Control For Your Home

Did you know the experts with Owyhee Environmental understand the behavior of the most common rodents that invade homes and provide comprehensive treatment options? Our team knows how to get rodents out of walls, crawlspaces, and attics and many of the best strategies regarding how to keep rodents away. Contact us today for a consultation.

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