What are rodents?

Rats, mice, voles, and moles are small furry mammals that regularly make themselves at home in our New York yards and sometimes in our homes.

These pests are always on the lookout for a place to call home that offers easy access to their basic needs. 

Rodents in Long Island come in a wide range of species and vary in size, shape, behaviors, and feeding habits. But one thing they all have in common, which distinguishes them from other mammals, is their front incisors. The front incisors of a rodent are continuously growing and cause them to be avid chewers. These mammals are constantly gnawing on objects to ensure their front teeth do not become overgrown and prevent them from eating.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rodents pose a significant danger to people and our property. Their presence in our gardens, lawns, homes, sheds, and garages is never welcome.

Rodents cause a variety of structural damage with their sharp front incisors. In addition, they contaminate food sources, and they cause damage to trees, grass, and plants.

Their ability to chew through wires often leads to fires and short circuits inside the buildings they infest.

More concerning than the damage they cause is the health risks they pose. Rodents carry and spread various bacteria, viruses, and parasites on their bodies and in their saliva and excrement. Their shed fur and feces can also trigger allergy symptoms.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents live on every continent except Antarctica. They are prolific breeders and live in fields, wooded areas, grassy areas, the suburbs, and urban areas. Wherever you live, there are rodents nearby. These small mammals can become a problem anywhere there is easy access to food, water, and shelter, the three things our yards and homes readily provide.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents are prey animals, so they prefer to nest and spend their time in areas that provide them with protection against predators. Most prefer places that offer a lot of dark, quiet hiding spots. 

In our yards, mice and rats like to hide under woodpiles and brush piles, within dense landscaping, and in tall grass and gardens.

When voles are in your yard, you are likely to notice their "runways" in grassy areas. They use their runways to travel safely back and forth to their food sources.

Moles live and tunnel through the ground, searching for earthworms and insects to eat. They are common in lawns, vegetable gardens, and flower beds. 

It is not super common for voles and moles to invade our homes; they are more of a pest outside in our yards. However, rats and mice do regularly find their way into homes and other structures. Attics, wall voids, and spaces behind large appliances and cabinets are common spots for rodents to take cover.

How do I get rid of rodents?

The most effective way to eliminate any rodent infestation is with the help of a trained professional. At PDF Finest Pest Management, we pride ourselves on offering our customers the best pest control in the New York area. Each rodent infestation is unique, and we will work with our customers to identify the rodents present, find their nesting locations, locate entry points, and provide the services necessary to eliminate the infestation. To learn more about rodents in Long Island and New York City or about our rodent control services, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

The best way to stop a rodent infestation before it begins is to partner with a professional that can provide regular home pest control services in Long Island. It is also important to implement some prevention tips.

Seal up entry points that rodents can use to enter your home. Seal gaps around windows and doors, place appropriate covers over vents and drains, and repair defects in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your home.

Remove harborage spots inside and outside of your home. Remove yard debris and other clutter from your property where rodents can hide. Regularly mow your land. Keep shrubbery cut back from your home's exterior. Keep storage areas like closets, basements, attics, and cabinets free of clutter inside your house.

Get rid of as much access to food as possible. Outside keep lids on trash cans, pick ripe fruits and vegetables from garden areas, and keep outdoor eating areas for both you and your pets free of food debris. Inside store your food properly, either in the fridge or in containers with airtight lids. Regularly vacuum your floors and keep surfaces wiped down. Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink for long periods.