Rodent Identification & Prevention

Our rodent guide is here to help you learn about the rodents that frequent our Salt Lake City, Utah, outdoor and indoor spaces.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rodents

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What are rodents?

Many kinds of rodents find their way to and make themselves at home in our Utah yards and homes. Norway rats, house mice, and field mice are examples of rodents that live in our area. Rodents are mammals and part of the order Rodentia, which means "to gnaw."

All rodents have continuously growing front incisors, which helps us tell them apart from other mammals. Their front incisors are also what make these pests so problematic, especially when in our homes. Rodents constantly gnaw on objects they come across to stop their teeth from overgrowing. In addition to being destructive, rodents are prolific breeders and formidable pests to deal with in our Salt Lake City yards or homes. Reach out to us today for pest control services in Salt Lake City.

Are rodents dangerous?

Out in the wild, rodents serve many vital purposes. Rodents act as a food source for other animals, help disperse seeds, and help aerate the soil. Unfortunately, rodents are dangerous pests when they find their way to our yards and homes.

The small size of mice makes it easy for these pests to find a way into our homes, where they will contaminate food, chew through wires, clothing, and boxes, and spread diseases and parasites that can make us ill. Norway rats tend to be more of an issue outside in our yards. They burrow into the ground and damage gardens, foundations, and concrete slabs. Rodents are destructive, dangerous pests, and you should not tolerate them!

Why do I have a rodent problem?

Norway rats, house mice, and field mice are species of rodents that have learned the benefits of living with people. While you may sometimes find these rodents living away from us, you are more likely to find them living close to people. These rodents have come to rely on us to provide them with their basic needs.

Things found in most of our Salt Lake City yards that attract the attention of rodents include:

  • Trash cans
  • Gardens
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Harborage spots like sheds, garages, and piles of yard debris
  • Water sources such as leaky faucets, hoses, and air conditioners

If rodents ever become a problem on your property, immediately contact the professionals at Uinta Pest Solutions for help removing them.

Where will I find rodents?

Where rodents in Utah prefer to live depends on their species. Field mice primarily invade outdoor spaces like wooded areas, fields, parks, and grassy yards. While these mice can use our homes as a place of shelter, they do prefer to live outside. Houses and other structures in rural or suburban areas are most prone to problems with field mice.

As their name tells us, house mice are common invaders of human structures. Inside our homes, they like to nest in quiet, sheltered spaces. Wall voids, basement clutter, crawl spaces, attics, and vents are common nesting sites. Some other popular places house mice like to nest include under furniture, inside mattresses, and behind large appliances.

Norway rats are large rats that prefer to live at ground level. Outdoors, these rats live under woodpiles, rock piles, dumpsters, trash piles, and building foundations. These rats enter Salt Lake City homes at ground level, nesting in basements, crawl spaces, and wall voids.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Partner with the professional pest control experts at Uinta Pest Solutions for the most comprehensive solution to your Salt Lake City property’s rodent problem. Local pest control professionals know the area you live and the rodents most likely invade your property. Knowledgeable pest control professionals are your best defense against rodents.

The effective rodent control solution we offer includes:

  • A detailed inspection
  • A treatment tailored to your needs that will ensure every rodent present is eliminated
  • A follow-up visit to ensure the service was effective

If you need home pest control and commercial pest control in Salt Lake City, look no further than our professionals at Uinta Pest Solutions.

How can I prevent rodents in the future?

Preventing problems with rodents is difficult, but by making some simple changes around your property, you can make it less appealing to them.

Mow your lawn weekly and make sure gardens and landscaping don’t become overgrown. Remove things like woodpiles, brush piles, and other debris from your yard where rodents can hide. Bury wire fencing around the perimeter of sheds and other outbuildings to stop rodents from burrowing under them.

Regularly walk around the perimeter of your home, sealing any openings you discover. Remove food sources by keeping lids on trash cans and compost bins, vacuuming regularly, and storing your family’s food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids.

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