It’s winter, which means Texas rodents are looking for a warm place to stay. Even when it’s not winter, these pesky rodents often make their way into your home. Gnawing on objects, hiding in your pantry, making themselves comfortable – without you even knowing they’re inside your home.
Texas rodents are warm-blooded mammals that have large, front teeth that never stop growing. Rodents can carry a variety of diseases that are harmful to you and your family. Rats and mice are among the most common rodent species that invade homes and businesses.
Rats and mice are usually found living in close proximity to people, and eventually even depend on humans for food, water and shelter – Texas rodents are living off of the crumbs in your pantry and garbage.
Common Texas Rodents
In Texas, the most common rodents you’ll find is the Norway rat, roof rat, and the house mouse.
The Norway Rat
When fully grown, the Norway Rat is 7-9 inches in length, with an additional 6-8 inches for their tail. The Norway Rat is among the heavier and larger in the rodent family. Norway rats have scruffily brown fur peppered with black hair; the fur on their stomach is usually gray or white. They also have large black eyes, small ears, a rounded blunt nose and a bi-colored tail.
The Roof Rat
Thanks to their name, you probably already know these Texas rodents are often found climbing trees in order to access your home’s roof. They’re known to be excellent climbers. Roof rats have dark brown or black fur with a lighter underbelly. These Texas rodents can grow about 6-8 inches in length, but their tail adds an additional 6-8 inches. Their noses are pointed and they have large ears and eyes.
The house mouse is a smaller on the rodent spectrum. They have a small, pointed nose with small rounded ears and a long, almost hairless tail. It’s a very common rodent home and business owners usually see. Their hair is short and light brown in color. They usually gain entry into your home by small openings and crevices.
Are These Rodents Dangerous?
Rodents aren’t typically known to be aggressive, but that doesn’t mean you should try to come in contact with them. They’re still considered dangerous and if they are cornered, they might bite. Rodents are constantly gnawing on things, such as wires, pipes, drywall, floors, and plastic, to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.
They can also bring diseases and bacteria into your home that can make you and your family very ill. Rodents can also bring parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites into your home, which can get transferred to your pets.
How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation
Interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that supports a rat population. Keeping vegetation thinned out or removed from the perimeter of buildings. Removing clutter and any debris that creates hiding places rats can use as harborage sites.
How Can You Get Rid of These Rodents?
The best way to ensure your house isn’t infested with rodents is to call a professional and let them inspect the interior and exterior of your home. At Dynasty Pest Control, we have solutions to help prevent or eliminate rodent infestations in your home or business. Rat treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Some of the more important non-chemical methods are Exclusion and sealing of sites greater than ½ inch (about the size of a dime) using screens, flashing, door sweeps and other materials to keep rats from entering a structure.
For professional rodent and pest control in Dallas and North Dallas, contact Dynasty Pest Control. Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
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