Types of rodents include mice, rats, muskrats, chipmunks, squirrels, voles, moles, gophers, and beavers. The most common rodents that cause pest problems inside homes are mice and rats, though they also cause problems outside along with other rodent species. Rats, mice, and other rodents present serious problems for property owners, especially because they are able to adjust easily and make their homes in a wide variety of locations and conditions. They can be extremely difficult to exterminate, so infestations happen often. Rodents can invade your home and wreak havoc on your life if you don’t call in rodent control professionals.


Rodents can cause considerable damage to homes and property. Rodents invade homes in search of food, water, and shelter. They are known for gnawing on and chewing through various construction materials, like drywall, insulation, and electrical wiring. They do this because it is critical for them to keep their front teeth worn down: their teeth are constantly growing and would otherwise obstruct their ability to eat. Rodents in your house or around your property are extremely destructive due to their need to gnaw and chew.


Rodents will typically enter a home through an attic or garage. That said, they also can gain entry through other access points, such as holes or other openings around pipes, in foundations, etc. Their anatomy allows for them to squeeze through small spaces fairly easily; but in cases where they do not fit, they will chew around those openings to make it big enough for them to enter. Once they make it inside your home, rodents can begin their infestation in earnest.


Rodents are problematic because of their nesting behaviors. They can nest outside your house in places such as tall grasses, leaf piles, and deep mulch. But once they establish access points to invade your home, they build their nests out of materials such as paper, fabric, string, insulation, mattress/pillow batting, and plant material like dry grass or straw in undisturbed, enclosed spaces near sources of food and water; then they start to breed. Rodents breed at a rapid pace, so infestation occurs quickly. 


Rodents also cause problems because they pose serious health hazards to people. They are known to introduce bacteria (e.g., salmonella) and viruses (e.g., hantavirus), and for spreading infectious diseases to people who live in or frequent an infested property. They are also capable of triggering known allergies and asthma attacks. Rodents also bring other pests indoors, like fleas, ticks, lice, and mites.

People who are concerned about rodent activity and infestation should contact a licensed pest and rodent control professional to keep people and property healthy and safe. Absolute Pest Management is your best choice for effective professional pest control in Austin and the central Texas area. Absolute Pest Management, a family-owned company, is dedicated to helping property owners protect their property from pests, including rodents; they handle pest control, pest extermination, and pest management. Contact Absolute Pest Management online or by phone at 512-444-0262 to learn more about the services they provide.