Rodent Control in Phoenix, Arizona
Are Rodents a Cause for Concern in Your Home?
Arizona is home to many different types of rodents, and sometimes they end up in the homes of unsuspecting Arizonians. Most rodents – such as rats and mice – are nocturnal; therefore, they’re active at night when most everyone is asleep. Because of this, rodent infestations often go unseen…until things get really bad.
Common Rodents in AZ
Since the early 2000s, roof rats have carved a place among Arizona rodents, prospering among citrus trees and around irrigation canals.
Roof rats are nocturnal and have fairly black fur and long, hairless, scaly tails. They’re usually about 7-8 inches in length.
Roots rats enjoy climbing trees, vines, rafters, and even your wires and will use these as ways to enter your home.
Also, nocturnal creatures, Norway rats do a lot of climbing and jumping – even as high as 8 feet horizontally!
As one of the larger rats, they run as long as 8-10 inches with shorter, hairless, scaly tails (shorter than the length of their head and body) and are brownish-gray.
Woodrats are typically found in central Arizona, including the whitethroat woodrat, Mexican woodrat, and Stephen’s woodrat. They’re larger among Arizona rats, running 6-8 inches long with furry tails, white underbellies, and feet.
You’ll likely run into these nocturnal rats in neighborhoods with juniper, chaparral, and desert scrub. Keep an eye out for their nests as they like to burrow in attics, underneath homes, and even inside vehicles.
House mice are the little guys among Arizona rats.
They’re typically dusty gray and nocturnal, like roof rats, woodrats, and Norway rats.
They burrow in dark, insulated areas throughout your home, especially in areas with fabric, cotton, packing material, or insulation.
The main danger with these guys is the disease they can bring by their frequent daily droppings, potentially transmitting salmonella, tapeworms, rat-bite fever, infectious jaundice, plague, Hantavirus, and polio.
Are Rodents Harmful?
All rodents can potentially spread deadly diseases, such as salmonella, rat-bite fever, tapeworms, and more. They contaminate your home through their urine, feces, and saliva and indirectly from fleas and ticks that feed on rodents and then bite humans. You must immediately resolve an infestation to protect yourself and others (especially children) from catching any diseases.
In addition to contaminating foodstuffs in your home, rodents will gnaw on just about anything that can be used to help build their nests, damaging furniture, wiring, ductwork, clothing, artwork, and so much more in the process. Bottom line: They’re worse than the worst roommate you’ve ever had.
What is Attracting Rodents to Your Home?
- Rodents are always on the lookout for food, and they’ll pretty much eat anything you leave out.
- Unsecured trash containers are breeding grounds for rodents. It gives them a place to live and food to eat.
- Just like many other pests, rodents are attracted to water.
- Leaving debris in your yard provides a safe hiding place for rodents, bringing them a step closer to the inside of your home.
Ways to Prevent a Rodent Infestation
- Remove any rodents currently burrowing in your home.
- Trim trees and eliminate ways rodents may access your roof.
- Clear away any debris and clutter throughout your yards.
- Seal off any entry points into your home.
- Build a 2-foot-wide wall/barrier.
- Get a cat.
- Repair any leaky pipes or faucets.
- Make sure your trash containers are tightly sealed.
- Avoid leaving food out, including pet food.
- Schedule routine pest control visits with your local pest control professional.
Insectek is a locally owned and operated pest control company, serving the Metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, and Gilbert areas. With two decades of combined experience, we know a thing or two about the rodents and insects you fear creeping into your home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what kind of pest control service I need?
At Insectek we employ the highest moral and ethical standards for treatments, and therefore we do not recommend anything our customers do not need. Instead we focus on understanding the pest activity and pest tolerance of a client before making a recommendation. As your locally owned, operated and vested pest control exterminator experts, we believe earning your business based on what you need, and not what we want to try and sell you instead, will keep your loyalty, trust and business for years to come. Try out our recommendation app below to find out what kind of service is best for you.
Why do I still see bugs here and there when I have an exterminator service?
Insects have been roaming the earth for millions of years and therefore have a tremendous advantage on us humans. They have mastered the art of staying alive under harsh conditions, and are very adept at making sure their offspring do too. The pest control products that are available to professionals, like the Phoenix pest control exterminators at Insectek, have to balance the important task of eliminating as many pests as possible—while at the same time making sure they are safe for you, your family and of course your pets. Therefore, the exterminator team at Insectek Pest Solutions utilizes the best and safest products available, but in most cases cannot treat every single pest with one pass of the wand.
Are the products your exterminator uses safe for my family and pets?
The products on the market our exterminator technicians use in your home undergo rigorous research, development and testing first at the manufacturer level, then at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and finally, in many cases through the State Department of Agriculture. Even with this multiple layer system it is important to have an educated understanding of, and conservative respect for the pest control products that are applied in and around your home. In most cases, a person or pet should stay out the treated area until the pest control solution is dry. Our Phoenix pest control and exterminator team will provide you with a detailed service report that states the name of each product used, as well as where it was applied. If you ever have any questions about a specific product we used, please reach out to us so that labels and material data safety sheets can be provided.
What is considered a “green” pest control treatment?
A green or organic pest control treatment is any treatment that uses a naturally occurring, non-synthetically altered or enhanced pesticide. These products are usually botanical, and they have proven to be quite effective overall. However, they do sometimes lack the residual power of synthetic versions that have been created by scientists in laboratories.
What are the most dangerous pests in Arizona?
There are many dangerous pests in Arizona that not only cause painful bites and stings, but also that can pass on dangerous diseases. These pests include scorpions, black widows, brown recluse spider, ticks, fleas, assassin bugs and rodents. The Phoenix pest control exterminator team at Insectek is very knowledgeable and experienced where these pests, and many others indigenous to Arizona are concerned.
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