What are rodents?

Rodents make up the largest group of animals and are found living throughout most of the world. Rodents of all sizes have one thing in common - they have front incisors that continuously grow throughout their life. To prevent their teeth from overgrowing, they constantly chew on objects that they come across. This habit makes rodents quite destructive pests as they end up causing damage to buildings and personal property. Rodents are savvy and over time have somewhat come to rely on people for their basic needs. They will take advantage of any food, shelter, or water sources people unknowingly provide.

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Mice and rats are common species of rodents and common invaders of both homes and businesses throughout Mississippi. Adult rats are much larger in size than adult mice. The head of a rat is blunt and heavy looking, while the mouse’s head is tiny and triangular in shape with a pointed snout. The rat’s ears and tail are void of hair while the mouse’s ears and tail are covered in a light layer of fur.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents are dangerous to both people and property. They can cause structural damage to homes and other buildings by chewing through electrical wires, lumber, insulation, drywall, ductwork, and flooring. They can destroy furniture, clothing, books, stored food, and other personal items by chewing on them or by contaminating them with their excrement or saliva. Rodents carry and spread many serious diseases including Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), salmonellosis, dysentery, Hantavirus, and leptospirosis. Their shed fur, saliva, and excrement can trigger allergic reactions, skin irritations, and asthma attacks.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents are found living nearly everywhere and almost any residential property can become a home to rodents. Once living in a yard near a home, it will only be a short amount of time before they find their way inside your home to take advantage of any food and shelter sources. Open trash cans, outdoor eating areas, clogged gutters, woodpiles, garden areas, dense vegetation, and piles of debris are all places and things that rodents find attractive. Rodents are a year-round problem for Mississippi homeowners. A proactive approach needs to be taken to keep rodents out of your home and away from your family and belongings.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents have the potential to nest in many diverse habitats, including urban, rural, and suburban environments. Outside, rodents, depending on their exact species, nest in trees, woodpiles, under decks and foundations, in fields, along the sides of rivers, in areas of debris, in woodpiles, under dense vegetation, or in abandoned bird or small animal nests. Inside homes and other buildings, rodents create their nests in dark, warm, quiet areas close to food sources. Rodents build their nests behind wall voids, in attics or basements, in crawl spaces, in cabinets, inside storage boxes, behind appliances, or underneath sinks.

How do I get rid of rodents?

To eliminate rodents from your home or property and prevent a re-infestation, partner with an experienced professional. At Holifield Pest Management, our certified and licensed professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and eliminate all the rodents living in your home or business and prevent their return. For all of your residential or commercial pest control needs, call the full-service pest control experts at Holifield Pest Management. We serve Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and surrounding areas. To learn more about our rodent control services or to receive a free estimate, reach out to us!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Listed below are some preventative steps you can take to help keep rodents from taking over your Jones County, Mississippi home or commercial property:

  • Make sure any damage to your home’s roof or roofline is repaired.

  • Remove garbage from your home daily.

  • Eliminate sources of water.

  • Place door sweeps underneath all exterior doors.

  • Always store food in the refrigerator or in air-tight containers.

  • Keep storage areas neat, clutter-free, and organized.

  • Seal cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and exterior walls.

  • Trim tree branches, bushes, and shrubs away from the outside of your home or business.

  • Make sure outdoor trash containers are kept a distance away from the exterior of your home, and have locking lids.


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