Rodent Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from rodents and mice by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Types of Rodents

What do rodents look like?

Rodents are warm-blooded mammals that, like humans, can be found throughout the world. They have oversized front teeth for gnawing and check teeth, which are adapted for chewing. They chew on a variety of items available to them and cause great damage in and around homes.

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How do I get rid of rodents?

What Orkin Does

Orkin professionals are trained not only to address current infestations but also to prevent future infestations. The specialized approach for rodent treatment ensures your pest problem doesn’t stand a chance. Schedule a home inspection so we can protect your home with an effective plan suited to your specific needs.

Problems with DIY – Homeowners may seek homemade solutions to their rodent problems. They may try a variety of repellents such as mothballs or even essential oils. These homemade methods are not capable of addressing full-blown rodent infestations.

It is recommended that anyone experiencing a rodent infestation contact a pest control professional to arrange for a consultation.

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Rodent Facts

Understanding Rodent Problems

The more you know about rodents, the better you can predict and control their behavior. Here are some quick facts to help you on your way.


In their natural habitats, rats and mice usually live about 4-6 months. While in the relatively hospitable conditions of a home or building, rats and mice might live about 1 year.

Reproductive Potential

Rodents are capable of producing a large number of offspring. A sexually mature female house mouse will produce between 6-10 litters of 5-6 young during her lifespan and is able to give birth to her first litter when only about 2 months old.

Defense Mechanisms

While rodents may bite or act aggressive, they do so only as a means of protecting themselves if cornered or startled. Most of the time they will scamper away and seek protection without becoming aggressive.

Food Sources

Rats and mice are omnivores, not carnivores and they will eat seeds, fruits, grain-based foods, meat, feces, and other food sources that are readily available.

Rodents and Pets

Rodents affect pets by consuming and contaminating dog food, creating anxiety for pets, and may carry disease pathogens that can cause pet illnesses. Rodents may also be a source of fleas that can cause irritation or disease to a homeowner’s pets.


What diseases do rodents carry?

Rats and rodents can pose a significant risk to your health. They not only carry diseases themselves, but can also play host to parasitic insects that transmit disease. See why they are featured on Orkin’s list of “North America’s Most Dangerous Pests.

Diseases Carried by Rats and Mice

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