Rodents can damage buildings, contaminate food, and transmit diseases to people. The rodent family includes over 2,000 species of rats, mice , gophers, voles, beavers and more. They're also adaptable, capable of learning by trial and error. As a result, people who need to control them have always struggled to "build a better mouse-trap."
Keep in mind these important tips when controlling a rodent infestation:
- It's important to know which species of rodent you're dealing with; they have different habits and preferences.
- To identify your rodent, choose a link below, or try contacting your local Cooperative Extension Service.
- If you have holes or digging evidence in the yard, use the guides linked below to learn more.
- Food isn't the only thing rodents are attracted to. Remove nesting materials, water sources, and travel pathways to discourage rodents.
- Reduce clutter inside and outside to discourage rodents. Neatly kept homes and lawns are less attractive to some rodents.
- Experts recommend an IPM approach to control rodents. Try prevention, sanitation and exclusion, and use rodenticides only as a last resort.
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Information on Specifics Types of Rodents:
Information on Similar Species:
- Wildlife Damage Management: Rodents - eXtension.org
- Identify and Prevent Rodent Infestations - US Environmental Protection Agency
- Managing Rats and Mice - Texas AgriLife Extension
- Ground Hole Identification - Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management
- What's digging holes in my yard? - University of Minnesota Extension