Rodent Identification & Prevention

About Rodents In Reno, NV

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Let our pest guide provide you with information about rodents, including why they are in your home and how to keep them out! The more you know about these pests, the easier it will be to keep them out of your house.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are warm-blooded mammals that live worldwide. While some rodents can grow quite large, the rodents in our areas are on the smaller side. The smaller the rodent, the easier it is for them to exploit an opening leading into a home or other structure.

Rodents in our area like mice, rats, squirrels, and voles have learned to benefit from living near people and often try to make themselves at home on or in our properties.

Moles are also problematic for Nevada homeowners. Though moles are not actual rodents, they are insectivores; they too have learned how to live comfortably within our yards!

Are rodents dangerous?

When rodents get into your Northern Nevada home, they cause many problems. Rodents are destructive pests. They chew through and damage wires, cables, cabinets, walls, floors, and other structural elements of a home. They will also use their teeth to chew through boxes, furniture, clothing, and other items to gather food and nesting materials.

Rodents can also be quite destructive to our lawns. They dig underground tunnels, create unsightly runways through the grass, and cause damage to plants and lawns.

The spread of diseases and parasites is another huge problem associated with rodent infestations. Having rodents living in your home puts you and your family’s health at risk. The bacteria, pathogens, and parasites they carry on their bodies and in their excrement and saliva contaminate surfaces and food with things that can make us ill.

Rodents are also noisy and smelly. Near their nesting site, a musty, foul odor will develop. They will interrupt your sleep at night by making scurrying and scratching sounds as they leave their nest to forage for food.

Why do I have a rodent problem?

While rodents do quite well living outside on their own, they also have learned that people and our properties offer them access to their necessities. Rodents are scavengers and always looking for food, water, and shelter sources. Over time rodents have developed a close relationship with people. They look to our properties as a place of refuge, which is the biggest reason why these animals are so difficult to keep out of our homes.

Where will I find rodents?

Rodents live in various places, their preferences dictated by their specific species.

Voles primarily live outside in grassy areas, like our yards. They will create unsightly “runways” in the grass as they move back and forth from their nest to food sources. Voles place their nests under tree roots, ground cover, and dense shrubbery. Moles tunnel underground, searching the soil for their favorite foods; earthworms and insects. Both moles and voles are primarily outdoor pests and rarely move into our homes.

Squirrels like to spend a lot of time up off the ground in trees and tall shrubbery. They like to nest in attics, chimneys, and rafters in our homes.

Mice and rats tend to live in similar areas. They nest in tree hollows, woodpiles, ground holes, landscaping, gardens, and fruit trees outside. Inside, they nest in wall voids, spaces behind cabinets or appliances, and under pieces of large furniture. Attics or basements are other common hideouts that put them near the food we store in kitchens and pantries.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Rodents are, unfortunately, one of the more common pests to enter your home. They are also one of the most unwanted. If you are looking for the best rodent control in Northern Nevada, Celtic Pest Control has what you are looking for. Our professionals will work with you to identify the rodents on your property and eliminate them as quickly as possible. Then we will put together a customized treatment plan unique to your property to prevent issues with these and other pests in the future.

Our goal is to provide all our customers with high-quality pest control at an honest rate. We are a local company and proud to provide our customers with the best rodent control possible. Trust us to do the job the right way. To learn more about our Reno rodent control solutions, reach out today!

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Preventing rodent problems is difficult because they feel comfortable living with us. The best way to avoid rodent issues is to make your property as unappealing as possible to them. Rodents are attracted to areas of clutter that provide them with protection against predators and harsh weather. To make your yard as unattractive as possible to rodents, keep the grass cut short, cut back overgrown shrubbery, remove yard debris, and eliminate unnecessary woodpiles.

Keep doors to basements, garages, and sheds closed when not in use to help keep these pests out of your home. Reduce indoor hiding spots by keeping storage areas free of excess debris and regularly cleaning behind and under large appliances and pieces of furniture.

To maintain a rodent-free property, reach out to us at Celtic Pest Control today for home pest control in Reno you can rely on!

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