There are common issues as it relates to rodents in Dallas homes. Many homeowners are aware of this growing problem, but there are many that still are not. The 2018 season is showing aggressive rodent population growth with limited, if any, decline. The fact of the matter is, rodent population pressure is here to stay. Dallas homeowners will eventually deal with this problem. Here at All Pest Solutions, we wish to educate about common signs, as well as preventative measures.
The most common signs of active rodents will start with visible sightings or noises. Many Dallas homeowners will see active rodents climbing down spouts, fences, and nearby trees in the late evening or at night. Most rodent activity will usually take place in the deep night or early mornings. So, much can be missed given their peak operating hours. Aside from visible evidence, most Dallas homeowners will hear activity in their attics (amongst other areas of the home). There are many situations, though, in which homeowners won’t hear noises. Given the normal habits of rodents, they may evade detection by climbing above the attic floor. Dallas homeowners need to remember some key signs in identifying this issue. The most common signs are tunneling/valleying of insulation, droppings, urine markings, and gnawing. Many of these signs can go unnoticed, but it is important to take the time every so often to look for these signs. Rodent infestations can show up quickly if left unchecked. Pest and wildlife professionals can look throughout the given year.
Dallas homeowners also need to keep an eye out for outside conditions for effective rodent prevention. At All Pest Solutions, we suggest keeping all vegetation cut off or away from the home. Heavy overgrowth gives rodents increased possibilities of home entry. It is always important to keep clutter away from the base of the foundation. These areas can and will give rodents cover and natural nesting sites. However, there are many situations that may hold rodents which cannot be changed. Flowering trees or shrubs, nut-bearing trees, and water sources will be at the top of this list. We advise limiting excess watering or feeding of birds, given that these sources provide needed nutrients to rodents. However, these sources are not always constant. As the season changes, so do the tastes and preferences of rodents.
The most common time of year for increased rodent activity will be in the fall and winter months. Many Dallas homeowners see much more activity in these months in comparison to the rest of the year. Although this may be consistent in the fall, many underestimate the threat for the remaining months.
All Pest Solutions does see an increase in the winter months (November-February), but spring and summer continue to yield strong activity. Water and nuts will be plentiful in the spring, which means more rodents will remain outdoors. Many times, however, rodents will continue to harbor in the attic they entered in the fall. They will forage from these areas and return. Dallas summers can also throw another curve ball. Many homeowners believe summer heat will keep the rodents out. In some ways, this may be true; water sources will be limited in those months. However, in their search for water, they usually can find water from condensation of A/C lines. Always remember their tastes will change as the seasons change. Rodents will always adapt to their surroundings.
Ultimately, always keep in mind that rodents are thinking animals. They are much more intelligent than most people believe. They will adapt and overcome most of life’s obstacles, including human interaction. As populations grow, so do the needs. So, many homeowners already have rodent problems to which they are unaware. We encourage Dallas homeowners to spend a few minutes a month checking their surroundings. Evidence will be different in every situation. Newer homes will not be as susceptible to rodent pressure compared to older homes. Homeowners in older neighborhoods with established trees and water sources will feel the most rodent pressure. Contrary to popular belief, densely populated neighborhoods show stronger pressure than homes in the country. We see major rodent population numbers in the Dallas, Plano, and Allen areas. These cities, among others, have well established neighborhoods, as well as established rodent populations. Pest management professionals can identify source problems at any given time. All Pest Solutions has a wildlife team that is licensed and ready to tackle any wildlife needs.