Rodent Control in New Jersey

A rodent infestation is one of the most dangerous pests to have infested your home. When they enter your home, there is a high likelihood that they will contaminate your kitchen, countertops, food prep areas, or even your food itself because they leave droppings everywhere they go.

Additionally, rodents are harmful to your home. Your home will suffer damage to the walls, insulation, wiring, and more due to their constant need to chew.

Rodent control is more challenging to implement than it is to say. Despite being bigger than insect pests, rodents can easily find their way inside and establish a home because they can fit through openings no bigger than a dime.

You must act quickly to solve the issue if you’ve noticed signs of a rodent infestation, such as hearing scratching in the walls, finding holes in the packaging in your pantry, or finding droppings in your cupboards.

In many New Jersey cities, rat infestations are on the rise. All across the state, homeowners continue to struggle with rodent problems. Rodent infestations can be very dangerous, destructive, and disruptive in many ways.

Even though mice, rats, and other rodents may appear cute, you don’t want them near your house or place of business. Do you have rodents in your New Jersey residence? Relate your peace of mind by contacting a reliable, skilled rodent exterminator.

But first, let’s get some information.

Getting Rid of Rodents in New Jersey?
Rodent Control in New Jersey

What Kind of Animals Are Rodents?

Like humans, rodents are warm-blooded mammals that live all over the world. They have check teeth designed for chewing and oversize front teeth for gnawing. They significantly harm homes and the areas around them by chewing on various items available to them.

The root of the word “rodent” is “to gnaw.” Most of our discussion will center on the category of rodents known as “commensal rodents.” The definition of commensal is “sharing one’s table.”

“Rodents” refers to a group of animals that includes many more species than just mice and rats. Any animal with growing incisor teeth has to gnaw continuously to keep them in check.

Rodents comprise more than 2,200 different species and account for more than 40% of all mammals. Mice, rats, groundhogs, squirrels, chipmunks, and many other animals can be found in this group.

The following rodent species are frequent pests in New Jersey:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Squirrels

Mice and rats come in many different species. They don’t all act the same way. The House Mouse, Norway Rat, and Roof Rat are the three species of commensal rodents.

These rodents contaminate our food, carry diseases, and eat it. They live alongside people and are intimately entwined with human habitats in search of shelter, food, and water. Rodents can quickly reproduce if their living conditions, like food, water, and shelter, are favorable.

What are Rodent Damages?

  • Making noise that annoys your home’s occupants.
  • Destroying structural integrity by gnawing holes in surfaces and walls.
  • Chewing on electrical wires can cause fire hazards.
  • Causing ducts to become chewed up and air vents to become contaminated, decreasing the efficiency of your AC.

What are Rodent Diseases?

  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)
  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonella
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Allergies

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How do Rodents Enter Your House?

When the outside temperature drops in the fall or early winter, rodents frequently invade homes, and once they establish a home, they usually stay there. Without a professional exterminator, getting rid of these pests can be very challenging because most species reproduce quickly.

Any of the following entry points can allow rodents into your house:

  • Floor, wall, and foundation cracks or holes
  • Drainage pipes with a poor seal, sewer lines
  • Holes in the ceiling or the attic
  • Windows and doors with cracks and openings

What are the Actions to Take to Reduce Rodent Household Exposure?

The best way to avoid coming into contact with rodents is to remove food sources, water sources, and objects that give shelter to rodents. When necessary, use an integrated pest management strategy to control rodents, which includes rodent-proofing, trapping, poisoning, and proper food storage.

Inside the House:

  • Food and water should be covered and kept in rodent-proof containers. A rodent-proof container has a tight-fitting lid and is made of sturdy plastic, glass, or metal.
  • Pet food should be covered and kept in rodent-proof containers. Give pets only the amount of food they need for each meal, and then store or discard any extra. Overnight, don’t leave leftover pet food or water out.
  • Clear the dining and cooking areas of any leftover food and clean up any spills.
  • After using, immediately wash all dishes, pans, and cooking utensils.
  • Empty cans and other opened containers with food residue should not be kept indoors.
  • Regularly and frequently dispose of trash. If you must store garbage and food waste indoors, use rodent-proof containers.
  • Use spring-loaded traps in the house and outside structures whenever possible. Use some readily available food, such as a small amount of chunky peanut butter, as the bait. If your home is free of other easily accessible food items, you have a better chance of successfully trapping rodents.
  • Wherever rodent rub marks, droppings, or rodents have been observed, place traps in a “T” shape against baseboards or wall surfaces. Pets and children should not be allowed near areas where traps are set.

Outside the House

  • Debris and trash should be disposed of as soon as possible. Store wood piles, lumber stacks, and other materials as far away from the house as you can, at least 12 inches off the ground.
  • Keep trash in tight-fitting, rodent-proof containers.
  • Grain and animal feed should be kept in rodent-resistant containers.
  • Eliminate any food sources, such as animal carcasses, that could serve as a rodent magnet.
  • Remove anything that could be used as a rodent nesting site, including trash, abandoned vehicles, discarded tires, and other items.
  • Pruning is required for shrubs or tree limbs that touch or hang over buildings.
  • Maintain short grass and trim or remove dense shrubbery and brush that could serve as a hiding place for rodents.
  • Set spring-loaded traps in outbuildings and other locations that exhibit rodent signs. Pets and kids should not be allowed to play close to spring traps.

What are the Types of Rodent Control?

  • Traps: There are some benefits to using traps over bait. It offers an alternative for those who do not want to use rodenticides. When done correctly, trapping can produce quick results if the rat population is small enough. Finally, trapping ensures you can get rid of the dead rats before their smell causes a problem in an area that is difficult to access.
  • Snap Trap – This is the oldest kind of trap, and it uses a spring-loaded bar to kill rodents upon contact instantly.
  • Electronic Trap – This battery-operated trap quickly kills rodents by shocking them with electricity. Models of this more recent type of trap are available for both rats and mice.
  • Live-Animal Trap – This catch-and-release method prevents the death of a rat or mouse. However, rodent release into the wild is prohibited in some states. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) cautions that rats or mice that have been captured may urinate and increase the risk of disease transmission.
  • Glue Trap – Glue traps are less advised because the adhesive plate that is used to catch rodents can also trap birds, young animals, lizards, and even pets.
  • Baits: Rodenticides, poisonous baits used to kill rodents, should only be used where domestic animals and children cannot access them. Use tamper-resistant bait stations that keep the baits in place to prevent unintentional poisoning. Baits come in several forms, like pellet, meal, and block baits.

At Your Service: Titan Pest Control

The best way to deal with an infestation is always to hire a pest control specialist if all else fails. Pests constantly threaten the environment in your home, but Titan Pest Services can make it much better for you and your family to live there with regular inspections, treatments, and environmental corrections.

We at Titan Pest Services offer pest control services for commercial and residential New Jersey properties. Our customers range from single-family homes to apartment buildings, five-star hotels, sports arenas, airports, dining establishments, and other commercial buildings.

If you have any questions or need assistance preventing rodents from entering your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!