Rockville, MD Rodent Control Services

Despite its modest size, Rockville, Maryland, is the home of several hotels and motels, which travelers may use while visiting Washington, D.C., just 30 minutes south. The city experiences its highest temperatures between June and September, and humidity levels rise above 80 percent between mid-June and mid-October. Combined with cold winters, these factors make Rockville an ideal environment for a variety of pests. Capitol Pest works with homeowners and businesses to keep their properties free of rodents.

Facts About Rodents

There are several types of rodents that can infest Rockville homes and businesses. Here is a brief overview:

  • House mice are a common pest with the ability to breed quickly. They have round, dusty gray bodies and cream-colored stomachs, and they measure 2.5 to 3.75 inches long. Although they can survive outdoors, they often make their homes in dark, isolated areas of buildings.
  • Norway rats are of Asian origin and believed to have arrived in North America by hitchhiking on ships. They have long, brown bodies, which are speckled with black hair and a white underside. Measuring 7 to 9.5 inches long, Norway rats have blunt muzzles. They can enter buildings through quarter-sized holes and make nests in basements, debris and other materials.
  • Roof rats, also known as black or ship rats, are believed to be from tropical regions of Southeast Asia. They have thin, brown bodies with black hair, and their underbellies could be black, gray or white. Measuring 6 to 8 inches, their distinguishing features are large eyes and ears and a scaly tail that also measures 6 to 8 inches. Roof rats get their name from their tendency to nest in high places.

Rodents are often attracted to buildings for shelter from weather and sources of food. Rats are particularly attracted to the smell of animals and their food, such as chickens, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits and wild birds. They are also attracted to trash, including discarded food and animal droppings.

Property Damage

Rodents cause a tremendous amount of property damage every year. Along with defecating and urinating on food supplies and within the walls of buildings, they also have a bad habit of chewing where they should not. Rodents can gnaw on a variety of surfaces, including support beams, which could reduce the structural integrity of a building. They can also chew holes through floors or walls to make their way indoors, which can leave an opening for weather damage and for other pests to enter. Sometimes the biggest risk, however, is that they chew on electrical wires, which can cause fires.

Importance of Controlling Infestations

Aside from protecting your property from damage, it’s important to control rodent infestations because they’re known to spread up to 35 diseases such as cowpox virus, jaundice, salmonellosis and typhus. They also carry fleas, mites and ticks into homes. Bites from these insects can spread other diseases such as murine typhus, the plague and the Zika virus.

Don’t let a rodent infestation damage your property or risk the health of you or anyone else. Contact Capitol Pest for all of your rodent control needs.