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December 08, 2016 3 min read

Rodents: Facts, Identification and Control

Scientific Name:order Rodentia

Facts about Rodents

Rodent pose a serious threat to homes and their biology alongside their habits even makes them more difficult to control. There are important things you must have at your finger tip if you desire the control of these pests and these are:


  • Access: food, water and warmth are what they are in search of when they invade your home.
  • Contamination: comparing what they eat to what they contaminated, each mouse leaves your home with more contaminated food.


  • Instincts:Rats are impulsively cautious of things that are new around them, including control measures as baits and traps and colonize in attics, burrows, under porches and concrete, in vacuums in walls and in places hard to reach.
  • Disease: Rats can give room for parasites such as ticks and fleas which carry disease into your home, they can also shelter and spread quite a numbers of critical disease

Rodent Family

With subdivisions into many families, over 2000 species of the Rodentia exist. Some of the commonly found families includes the family of the Sciuridae, Cricetidae, Dipodidae, Capromyidae, Castoridae, Muridae and the Erethizontidae, with approximately two-third of all species of rodent is the Muridae family with the largest population. The Muridae family has other subfamilies which includes the gerbils, crested rats, sand rats, mice and the old world rats.

Rodents can be found worldwide just like the humans, they have large teeth in front which they use to check teeth and gnawing and are adapted for chewing. They chew a lot of items available around them and most homes suffer great damage from them. Rodents are by nature warm-blooded mammals.

Life Cycle

Rodent’s populations are sustained through constant reproductions, this is due to their tendency to breed rapidly and some species breed all through the year. All holes within the home should be sealed because by their body structure, they can squeeze through spaces are that quite small compared to their size. The assistance of a pest control professional must be sort.

A good number of rodent species feed on grains and seeds, hence they are highly destructive to the agricultural sector. Surfaces that come in contact with the urine and feces of some rodent have a tendency of been contaminated.

Disease Information

Rodents are equipped with large teeth and have the capacity through their feces and urine to transmit bacteria, diseases and viruses, hence it is not advised to handle rodents that are wild.

The presence of one rodent within the house most likely signals an infestation, therefore the assistance of a professional in pest management is required for identification and removal if a rodent is seen within the home.

Rodent, if concerned would bite in self-defense, so pets and children should be kept away from rodents.

Tips for Prevention

The reproduction of rodents is very rapid and small populations can easily become a full blown infestations within a short time and so prevention measures should be made as soon as detected in order to maintain a home free of rodents.

Foods sources, dry goods like cereals and grains should be kept away from rodents and should be stored in properly sealed glass and metal container so as to prevent contamination from rodents. In like manner fruits and vegetables should be stored adequately. Rodents tend to be attracted by cardboard objects and they have a tendency of chewing them to use them in their nest. Crumbs and garbage are common sources of infestation and the following wastes must never be left in corners or in sinks.

Infestations and Control

Rodent infestation can cause a great deal of damage to local agricultural communities and infested buildings and because they are the creature with most adaptable features on the planet and are very difficult to annihilate, they are carriers of diseases and are proven to be hazardous to humans. To protect your home, health and gardens from the existing infestation of these creatures the help of professional and adequate measure is necessary and best started prior the infestation in other to control the rodent.

In the neighborhood and within apartments buildings proper coordination of preventive measures such as landscape alteration and cleaning efforts. Homes can be made rodent proof through the identification and sealing of as many entry points as possible by the individuals. Joint efforts from neighbors can prove very effective in prevention of infestation.

Full-blown rodent infestations cannot be addressed by homemade method. Contact Nature’s MACE at 800-760-0544 to speak with a trained technician that can address both current infestation and ways to prevent future infestations.