More About Rodents
Rodents populate every continent except Antarctica. and account for 40% of all mammals. Common rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, porcupines, beavers, hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs. Classified by their sharp incisors that are useful for gnawing through wood, chewing food and biting predators, most rodents are relatively small. The smallest rodent, the tiny African pygmy mouse, weighs only about 7 grams and usually does not exceed 6 centimeters in length. On the other hand, the largest rodent, the capybara, weighs more than 100 pounds.
One of the most adaptable mammals on the planet, rodents are capable of surviving in a wide range of environments from fields and wooded areas to urban centers and residential homes. They are expert food scavengers and can eat a variety of plants and food scraps, while their small size makes it easy for them to seek shelter in almost any setting.
There are a variety of products on the market to help homeowners get rid of rodents, including a range of traps and repellent sprays which promise to assist in extermination. Although these items can be effective, larger infestations almost always require professional extermination services.
If you have an infestation, your home is in jeopardy. Rodents have large front teeth they use for chewing and frequently gnaw through anything from furniture to electrical wires. They can also cause serious health problems for individuals who come in contact with them. Vehicles to spread disease, rodents carry harmful parasites and their feces contain high levels of bacteria. If you notice signs of a rodent in your home -even just one- take action immediately.