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Common Rodents in Houston Plus Prevention Tips


Houston is no stranger to rodent issues. The region’s humid climate, natural vegetation, and bayous create the ideal situation for these animals. The refuse generated by commercial and domestic activities serves to sweeten the deal for Houston’s rodents. The survivalist nature of these rodents doesn’t help the situation either. Through humane wildlife prevention and control services, Houston’s residents can avoid the impacts of a rodent invasion.

The Rodents That Call Texas Home

Chief among the rodents that roam Houston’s properties are rats. Houston’s rats vary in species which means you may find yourself dealing with the roof rat (also known as the black rat) or the Norwegian rat (also called the brown rat) on different occasions. The roof rat is larger than the mouse and can grow as long as 10 inches. The Norwegian rat is usually bigger than the Roof Rat and has a lighter shade of fur. The species of mice that are typically found in Houston are the Deer Mouse (a grayish brown mouse with a slender body, large ears, and a pointed nose) and the House Mouse( a rodent with a brown and white tail, small ears and a pointed nose).

Houston’s Rodents on Your Houston Property

All wildlife intrusion situations have negative impacts on the domestic and commercial property involved. Rodents, in particular, can transmit diseases such as the Hantavirus or leptospirosis to the people or pets that use the space. They also make a space unpleasant to occupy as their urine and feces produce terrible odors. Additionally, the nuisance of hearing little paws scurrying about inside a building can cause even more stress. Houston property owners may even find themselves footing bills for hefty repair jobs if rodent intrusions are not prevented and treated. This is because the animals are known for gnawing on building materials (which they use to build their nests).

How to Handle a Rodent Invasion

Rodents come for the food and they will stick around as long as it remains available. You can discourage them from taking up residence on your property by eliminating the unwanted waste lying around. This will serve two purposes- it will reduce the amount of food they have available on your premises as well as eliminate some hiding spaces.

Since rodents gnaw on just about everything though, and despite your best efforts, they are still likely to find some reason to enter your property. Do not be disheartened if after cleaning up you still have a rodent issue. Rodents are among the more stubborn wildlife animals to evict, even for professional wildlife prevention companies! When your own efforts do not result in the rodent free space you desire, it is time to call in the experts.

Why The Skedaddle Solution is Your Best Bet

Skedaddle offers a very effective solution for all of Houston’s wildlife prevention and control issues.  The Skedaddle approach to rodent removal and prevention is so comprehensive that it yields remarkable results. The wildlife technicians on Skedaddle’s team start all services with a detailed professional needs assessment. This assessment is used to ensure that a customized plan is created for the property being treated. Removal is done in phases (assess and remove then clear and clean) and the protect and prevent phase ensures that all access points become inaccessible to rodents while also eliminating attractants. With Skedaddle on your side, your rodent concerns will quickly become a distant memory.

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About the author:Bill is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Houston. Graduating from Sam Houston State University, he spent most of the next years in residential property development, building, running subdivisions and mobile home parks.

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