Rodents are some of the most prolific pests in the world. They also carry a wide range of diseases, most of which can, and have, been spread to humans.
Rodents come in many forms. Most people think of mice and rats as rodents, but exterminators in
Virginia Beach often have a wider definition of the creatures. Squirrels, bats, opossum, and raccoons all
can work their ways into your home, and they all bring health problems with them.
All of these rodents and small mammals will make their nests in your home, whether it is in the attic,
walls, or basement. They reproduce in these places. They also leave feces and urine behind to soak
through your ceilings and walls. Rodents have fleas, ticks, mites, and internal parasites that can infest
your home, as well.
Some of the diseases and illnesses that mice, rats, bats, squirrels, and other mammals carry are
hantavirus, Lassa fever, rat-bite fever, salmonella, tularemia, and several hemorrhagic fevers. And yes,
they do still carry the plague. It’s just that pets and wild animals are the most commonly affected in the
U.S., rather than people.
If you have rodents in your home and on your property, call BioGuard Pest Control located in Virginia
Types of Rodents
Because of specialized bone and muscle construction, moles can exert a lateral digging force equivalent to 32 times its body weight. As a comparison, a 150 lb. man would be able to exert a 4800 lb. lateral force.
Mice are generally much smaller than rats. Mice can squeeze through holes slightly larger than a pencil eraser. They have proportionally smaller ears and smaller hind legs than rats.
Norway Rat Facts
The Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus, also called the brown rat or sewer rat) is a destructive pest found in urban and suburban neighborhoods. These rodents eat and contaminate food, damage buildings and other property by their gnawing and burrowing, and may spread diseases that affect people and pets. This rat is larger than a mouse and has proportionally smaller ears and bigger hind feet.
Roof Rat Facts
Black or brown, seven to 10 inches long, with a long tail, large ears and eyes, and a pointed nose. Body is smaller and sleeker than Norway rat. Fur is smooth. Both the Roof rat and the Norway rat, are the most common domestic rodents in this area.
A vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, and smaller ears and eyes. Multiply 5-10 times a season with a lifespan averaging 12 months.