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Rodent Identification & Prevention

What are rodents?

Collegeville and our plentiful outdoor spaces provide places for many rodents to thrive. Some of the most common types of rodents in our region are the deer mouse, house mouse, field mouse, white-footed mouse, and rat. 

Rodents are small mammals and opportunistic by nature. Over time rodents have learned to benefit from people, regularly find their way onto our Collegeville properties, and, without asking, make themselves at home. Food is what is most likely to attract these critters. Most rodents are omnivores, and the food they find in our trash cans, gardens, compost piles, yards, and outdoor eating areas is too much for them to resist. 

Are rodents dangerous?

While there are several types of pet rodents that people don't mind sharing their homes with, wild rodents should never be welcome as guests. 

Wild rodents transmit diseases worldwide and pose serious health risks; the pathogens they spread in their feces, urine, and saliva can cause serious illnesses in people.

If becoming ill because of rodents isn't enough, we also consider rodents dangerous because of the serious structural damage they cause to our homes. Rodents use their sharp front incisors to damage drywall, flooring, trim, cabinets, wires, cables, and more.

Other dangers associated with rodents include:

  • Being the root cause of fires and short circuits in our houses. 
  • Contaminating our family's stored food, an expensive and unpleasant problem.
  • Triggering allergy symptoms because of the allergens their fur, excrement, and saliva building up in your home. 

Rodents are dangerous; if you ever notice rodents, their gnaw marks, or dark rice-like excrement in your home, contact us for help. 

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Rodents like to live in places that provide them with easy access to food. Mice and rats have high metabolisms and constantly search for food to meet their high nutritional needs. Unfortunately for us, our yards often fit that bill. Gardens, trees, sheds, garages, woodpiles, and dense landscaping are where we find rodents living close to our Collegeville homes. 

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