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Why Rodents Are So Hard To Get Out Of Your Charlotte, NC Home

As the cold weather sets in, Charlotte homes become a hot spot for rodent infestations, with common rodents like mice and rats seeking warmth and shelter. These pests, which can easily infiltrate homes through tiny openings, pose a threat by spreading diseases, introducing other pests, triggering allergies, and causing structural damage. Despite available DIY control solutions, the fast breeding and elusive nature of rodents necessitate professional intervention, like Aruza Pest Control, for effective identification, elimination, and prevention of future infestations.

Rodents are one of the most common pests found in homes in Charlotte. This is especially true as the weather gets colder and they seek shelter in your home. Even if you think your home is secure, rodents can find their way in. Common rodents like mice and rats can get into your home through holes no bigger than a quarter, and once they get in, they can cause a lot of problems.

Rodents spread a variety of diseases, including the bubonic plague, hantavirus, and salmonellosis. They can introduce fleas and other pests, trigger allergies, and damage your home by chewing through pipes and wires, leaving you at risk for fires and floods.

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Common Rodents

Rodents make up a large group of mammals, from mice to beavers. They all share a common feature: incisors that never stop growing. The two most common rodents you will see in your Charlotte home are mice and rats. While mice and rats can look similar, they are not the same species and are almost never found together.

Here in Charlotte, we have a few species of mice and rats that you will commonly see:

  • Deer mouse: Small, quick mice that are reddish-brown in color. Their underside, legs, and feet are white. They have large back feet that allow them to jump and run quickly.
  • House mouse: These mice are more commonly found in your home than deer mice. They grow to 7 ½ inches long from nose to tail. They are light brown with a lighter underbelly.
  • Norway rat: Also called brown rats because of their fur color, these rodents can get large, growing up to 17 inches in length. They are heavy rodents that struggle to climb, meaning you are more likely to find them in basements and garages than attics.
  • Black rat: These rats are also called roof rats because they are prolific climbers. Unlike Norway rats, they gain access to buildings through the roof. They can be dark brown to black and grow about 16 inches long.

Because rodents avoid humans and prefer to live in dark areas of your home, it can be hard to get a good look at them, which can make identification difficult for the untrained eye. To confirm what species of rodent is invading your home, call us at Aruza Pest Control and let one of our highly trained exterminators identify which rodent is causing your problem.

Does DIY Rodent Control Work?

If you see a rodent in your home, you may be tempted to solve the problem on your own. Local hardware stores offer plenty of DIY rodent control solutions. You can put out poisonous baits and traps and even try the ultrasonic mouse repellent devices, but you won’t solve your problem.

While you may catch some rodents in the traps or kill a few with the poison, you won’t get to the heart of the problem. The majority of rodents in our home are hidden, and they breed quickly. So even if your traps and baits are eliminating a couple of rodents a day, their population is still growing, meaning you, your family, and your home are still at risk from these pests.

What’s The Best Way To Get Rid Of These Rodents?

The best option for eliminating a rodent infestation in your home is professional help. At Aruza Pest Control, our technicians can work with you to eliminate a rodent infestation quickly. We can also identify how these rodents got in and help you develop a plan to keep them out. Don’t waste time or put your family in jeopardy trying to eliminate rodents on your own; call us today and let us get your rodent problem under control. 

Kemar Bright

After graduating from UNCG, Kemar hopped on to work with Aruza. Kemar is passionate about insects and how to modernize pest control.

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