If you live close to any fields, parks, wooded areas, or even in the heart of the city, rodents can be a real issue on your property. Rodents in Maryland escape the winter by moving inside. Once mice and rats have determined that your house is a great living space that provides them with easy access to water, food, and shelter, they quickly reproduce and take over.
Rodents carry diseases, steal your food, and chew through electrical wires. They will chew and burrow through your house and even pull out insulation. Even if you do not have a fear of rodents and think their tiny faces are adorable, you do not want them living in your home. Keep reading to learn more about rodents and how the Baltimore pest control experts at Pest Czar can help!
What Are The Types Of Property-Invading Rodents In Baltimore?
You can find several types of rodents on your Baltimore property, but here are the more common ones:
- House Mice: These are the mice usually depicted in all their cuteness in comics and cartoons. They are small with a body size of two to three inches, and their tails are an additional three inches. They have soft fur with hairy tails, which vary from gray to black.
- Deer Mice: Deer mice are often confused for house mice, but deer mice have slightly thicker fur, tend to be browner, and do not have hairy tails. They also have light underbellies.
- Field Mice: Slightly longer than house or deer mice, field mice grow up to eight inches in length, tail included. They are usually light gray or brown with white underbellies and feet.
- Norway Rats: Rats are much larger than mice. The bodies of Norway rats grow to over nine inches plus another six to eight inches for their tails. They have shaggy gray or brown fur with lighter underbellies. Unlike mice, Norway rats are not great climbers.
Making Sure Pet Food Doesn't Become Pest Food
You probably don't think about leaving your pet's food out overnight. However, rodents and pests are attracted to pet food because it contains grains, nutrients, and water that rats and mice need. All rodents have a keen sense of smell and will find your pet's food. Cleaning your pet's bowl out every night before bed can help keep rodents out of your home.
How To Use Pest Control Products Safely Around Kids And Pets
Using DIY pest control may seem like an easy way to get rid of rodents, but rodenticides can be dangerous if used improperly.
Here are a few ways to protect your kids and pets from these chemicals:
- Keep rodenticides and pesticides out of reach.
- Use pet-safe bait stations around your home.
- When traveling, ask about rodenticides and pesticides used in the hotel or rental home.
- Consider using electronic mouse traps that don't use poison.
- Hire Pest Czar professionals to ensure the safety of your home, children, and pets.
Professional rodent control can eliminate pests and rodents and is the only way to ensure that your family is safe. Mice are intelligent and adaptable, can avoid certain chemicals, and are great at quietly relocating and restarting the infestation.
How To Safely Get Rid Of Rodents In Baltimore And Keep Them Away
To prevent future rodent problems in your Baltimore home, here are a few tips:
- Keep pet food containers clean and put away at night.
- Put food in sealed containers and clean up spills and crumbs immediately.
- Ensure all trash cans, indoor and outdoor, have tight-fitting lids.
- Keep a regular home and yard maintenance schedule.
- Remove standing and stagnant water from your yard and property.
- Seal cracks and crevices in your home's foundation.
- Keep bushes, branches, and shrubs from touching your house.
- Have regular and professional rodent control from Pest Czar.
Pest Czar offers a few options and can create a customized home pest control or commercial pest control plan for your specific needs. Call to set up an inspection today and get started on making your home rodent and pest-free.