Examples of rodents that often become a problem for people include the following:

  • Deer mice
  • House mice
  • Norway rats
  • Pack rats
  • Roof rats
  • White-footed mice


Rodents are dangerous for several reasons. They damage property, contaminate food, spread disease, and carry disease-spreading parasites on their backs. Hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bate fever, and salmonellosis are examples of illnesses that rodents can transmit, which make people sick.

No matter their species, all rodents have front incisors that continuously grow. To keep their teeth from overgrowing, they gnaw on just about everything. Their constant chewing causes a lot of damage to the structure of homes and businesses, as well as personal items such as clothing, shoes, and furniture. Rodent infestations are also a cause of short circuits and fires.

Abundant food sources and easy access inside your home are the main reasons why rodents become a problem on any property. Open trash containers, compost piles, pet food, and gardens attract rodents to yards. Once living in your yard, it is common for them to move inside, seeking safe shelter and more food.

Rodents only need small spaces to get inside. Take, for instance, the house mouse; they only need an area the diameter of a pencil to wiggle their way into a house or other structure. Cracks in the foundation, holes along the roofline, gaps under doors, vents, and chimneys are typical entry points for rodents.

Parks, fields, yards, farmland, gardens, and wooded areas are where rodents live successfully. Often their outdoor environments are near our homes and businesses. In our yards, they nest in gardens, dense vegetation, fallen trees, tree stumps, woodpiles, and in other areas of debris.

If they decide to move indoors, they will nest in dark, secluded areas like behind walls voids, in basements, in attics, and behind large appliances. Rodents nest in homes and many commercial structures, including restaurants, warehouses, grocery stores, food processing facilities, schools, and more.

With over 250 years of combined leadership experience, P.E.S.T. (Providing Exterminating Solutions Today) is the best choice to rid rodents from your California, Florida, or Hawaii home or business. We are North America’s largest fumigation company, dedicated to our customers and to providing safe and effective rodent control solutions.

If you are looking for an experienced, dedicated professional to eliminate mice and rats from your property, contact to P.E.S.T. and request your free inspection today!

In addition to our residential pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent rodent infestations:

  • Store any leftover food in the refrigerator or inside containers with airtight lids.
  • Put mesh covers on vents and drains entering into your house.
  • Regularly vacuum your home to pick up stray crumbs.
  • Cut tree branches away from the roof.
  • Place door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Place cap on chimneys and repair lose roof shingles.
  • Store firewood away from the outside of your home.
  • Seal up any holes located inside and outside of your home.
  • Keep tight-fitting or locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.
  • Limit clutter in your home, which has the potential to act as hiding spots for rodents.