Generally, the term “rodents” refers to a class of small animals with characteristic long tail, short limbs and incisor teeth that grow throughout their lifetime. Over 2,200 varieties of rodents have been scientifically identified and they are a kind of small mammals that use their ever-growing teeth to chew things and use their claws to dig ground.
Due to the constant availability of edible substances in human homes and surrounding, rats and mice are usually seen sharing spaces and rooms with humans and as a result of this, their relationship with humans has been defined as commensalism. Due to the effect of this relationship to humans, removal of rats and mice from properties are often important to humans.
Though rats and mice are some of most common species of this class of mammals, other members of this class are squirrels, guinea pig, squirrels, porcupines, nutria, beavers, prairie dogs, chipmunks and so on. Most of these animals are good diggers and great gnawers.
One of the reasons humans mostly detest these rodents is their tendency to cause damage to properties. If rodents should find their way into a home, office, store or barn, they would gnaw the structure to gain entrance and wreak havocs in different parts of the property. Electrical wires, woods, fabrics, food containers and other house materials are the greatest victims of this destructive chewing.
Apart from structural damage, rodents are also carriers of diseases and over 30 human diseases have been associated with rodents. Eating rodent’s leftovers and breathing in hazardous substances from rodents’ nests are some of the easiest ways to contract diseases from rodents. Some people have been found to contract disease transmitted by other animal when trying to clean up the nests of rodents.
Actually, traps and other equipments that are useful in getting rid of rodents are readily available in animal control stores, but the work of getting rid of rodent infestation is best left to professional pest controllers who will remove the rodents, clean up their damages and provide means to prevent possible infestations in the future.