Updated: Oct 22, 2020
West Phoenix is a beautiful, bustling area that’s always expanding with new homes and businesses. The downside to this nonstop expansion is how often construction stirs up rodents by disturbing their nests and hiding spots. Once that fancy new build disrupts their humble home, they’ll immediately be on the lookout for some new real estate and unfortunately, your home is always on the market. Let’s get familiar with the types of rodents that are likely to enter your West Phoenix home, and the problems they’ll cause if you don’t call a professional.
The Types Of Rodents That Are Most Likely To Enter Your West Phoenix Home.
While there are many different types of rodents throughout Arizona, there are only a few aggressive enough to invade your home.
Mice are resourceful little creatures that are always looking for a safe and reliable place to call home. They love making their nests in secluded areas that are within 30 to 50 feet of food and water, which makes your walls, sheds, cabinets, and crawl spaces prime real estate. These critters can find their way into your home in a number of ways. Unsealed sewer lines, doggy doors, and cracks on the outside of your home all look like a glowing neon welcome sign to these pesky creatures. And once they’ve made their way into your home, they can be quite difficult to get rid of. The most common types of mice found in West Phoenix homes are:
House mice: The house mouse is a small rodent, two to four inches long, with dusty gray fur, a pointed nose, and round ears.
Deer mice: Larger than their house mouse cousin, the deer mouse is five to eight inches long, with brown fur and white feet.
Rats are very similar to mice but are typically much larger. They also find their way into your home through small exterior openings but some species will also enter through your roof. These furry pests are attracted to easy and reliable food sources. This could be fallen fruit from a tree in your yard, dog or cat food that’s kept outside, or even certain types of birdseed. The two types of rats you’re most likely to find in your home are:
Roof rats: As their name suggests, these rats prefer the higher ground. Roof rats tend to be brown and black, with a six to eight inch body and a tail of almost equal length. Their pointed nose, scaly tail, and coloration make them easy to identify.
Wood rats: The wood rat, also known as a pack rat, has a large body, up to ten inches long, with a hairy tail and fur that can be anything from gray to reddish-brown.
Rodents are quick and crafty so it’s hard to get a good look at them before they scurry away. Just know that you’ll likely never have a mice and rat problem at the same time, and regardless of which you have, you should immediately contact a West Phoenix pest professional.
The Signs And Dangers Of A Rodent Infestation
While rodents are incredibly clever and resourceful creatures, they typically leave evidence at the scene of their crimes. Knowing what to look for will help you identify a possible rodent infestation and allow you to call for help before any serious damage is done. Here are some signs that point to a possible infestation:
Scratching noises coming from the walls or roof.
Small footprints in dusty areas.
Damage to wood or electrical cables.
Being able to identify a rodent infestation can save you from potential health and safety hazards. Rodents gnaw and chew on the wood and electrical wiring inside your walls, making them a serious threat to your home’s electrical and structural safety. Worst of all, rodents pose a considerable safety risk due to their ability to carry and spread harmful germs and bacteria. Mice and rats can contaminate any food, liquid, or surface they come across and their droppings are linked to severe respiratory illness.
Why You Should Call Triton Pest Control
DIY pest control may sound like a good idea after reading a few articles online. But the truth is, you should always call a professional to handle even the smallest rodent problem. A rodent infestation that’s not properly treated can be disastrous for your home and your health, which means it's never worth the risk of handling it alone.
Triton Pest Control has years of experience treating and preventing rodent infestations safely and efficiently. We’re able to find where rodents are hiding and treat those areas with the industry’s safest and most effective tools.
Schedule your service online now or call us at 623-217-4341 with any pest-related questions.
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