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Why You Should Call The Pros If You Suspect You Have A Rodent Infestation In Tucson, AZ

November 15, 2021 - Rodents

You may have heard the words “pack rat” used to describe a person that saves a lot of unnecessary items, but did you know pack rats are also actual rodents? Pack rats, also known as wood rats, are common home-invading rodent species in the Tucson area. Other common species include roof rats, house mice, and deer mice. The chances of having both mice and rats in your home simultaneously are slim to none.

However, you should know the identifying traits of these species so you can better remove them from your Arizona property:

Pack Rats (wood [rats):

  • 5 to 7 inches long with a bicolored, hairy tail that adds 4 to 5 inches to their total length
  • brownish gray fur
  • large ears and large eyes

Roof Rats:

  • 6 to 8 inches long with a 6 to 8-inch tail
  • a pointed nose, large ears, and large black eyes
  • dark brown to black fur and a lighter color underbelly

House Mice:

  • 3 to 4 inches long with a 2 to 4-inch tail
  • pointed nose and small round ears
  • grayish-brown to blackish fur

Deer Mice:

  • 3 to 4 inches long with a 4 to 5-inch tail
  • large ears, large eyes, and a pointed nose
  • a multicolored tail and black to brown fur.

As a Tucson resident, you should be aware of the dangers these rodents bring with them and how to safely and effectively remove them from your home.

Dangers Of Rodents In Your Tucson Home

There are many reasons rodents are dangerous in a home, including property damage and health concerns. Here is a list of the problems rodents can cause in any home:

  • Food and surface contamination.
  • Spread diseases that cause hantavirus, rat-bite fever, tularemia, salmonella, leptospirosis, and more.
  • Spread parasites like fleas and ticks.
  • Causes allergies.
  • Damage to your home’s structure and belongings. Rodents will chew through just about anything from wood to plastics; rodents won’t hesitate to gnaw to keep their teeth from overgrowing.
  • Cause fire and flood hazards by chewing on wires and pipes.
  • Use personal belongings and materials such as insulation to build nests.

Once inside, rodents are sure to leave signs of their presence. These signs include droppings, urine, grease marks along walls, chewed holes in food packaging, nests, and more. 

Why Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Rodent Control Won’t Work In Your Tucson Home

Many people choose to handle a rodent infestation independently because of the over-the-counter (OTC) products available. Plus, many don’t understand how extensive an infestation is unless they are trained to do so.

Trying to DIY a rodent infestation is less than adequate and can be potentially dangerous. This is because rodents are quick reproducers, and removing an entire infestation takes more than laying traps. Removing droppings, urine, and trapped critters can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. You are better off leaving removal to trained professionals to handle these hazardous pests when it comes to rodents.

The Best Rodent Control Methods For Your Tucson Home

The most effective and safest way to get rid of rodents is to contact the professionals at Preventative Pest Control. We are in the business of keeping Tucson residents safe from the dangers of rodents.

With our knowledge of the common area species and our customizable home and commercial pest control options, you won’t have to worry about rodents causing you problems. Don’t try and get rid of these pests on your own; instead, let us use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to do the job right. Give us a call today at Preventative Pest Control to learn more about how we can help you.

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