Whose Burrow is this? Tips from Your Local Exterminator
This new post of “Tips from Your Local Exterminator” aims to help you with identifying between bunny nesting areas and rodent holes; and when it’s time to call in a rodent exterminator.
Who doesn’t love these beautiful spring days? Lately here in the DMV so far the spring weather has been pretty elusive, but when we get one like we had this past weekend, we’re going to take full advantage of it. For some of my friends this means getting up early, getting outside, and starting on a combination of yard-work, gardening, or even preparing for a cook-out. Any of the things can mean a mental dance party, because spring is actually here. What this also means is that not only are we excited but our animal neighbors are also excited and becoming more active, so it is not out of the ordinary that when you go outside, you may happen to stumble upon some new real estate on your property that has you questioning if you have a problem or not.
Whose Burrow is this?
There are many different types of animal that will either dig in your yard or burrow, but not all of them are what would be deemed as problems or require extensive action. What you should stay on guard for is the presence of rodent holes or more specifically rat burrows.
So how can you tell if you have a rat burrow or not?
- Size: Rat burrows are typically around 2-4 inches in diameter or the size of a tennis ball. At the entrance of the burrow it is also likely that you will see fresh dug up dirt.
- Path: Rat burrows run at an angle, as the rats use them to escape danger and will dive right in to get away quickly. The burrows can also run pretty deep as well, so if you find a hole that is either shallow in depth or goes straight down, then more than likely this isn’t a rat that you are dealing with.
It is also important to stay informed on the early warning signs of rodents so that you are armed other background knowledge to couple with the appearance of new holes and burrows. Your local exterminator can help you with that.
Even with all this information at your fingertips, seeing burrows or holes can make you uneasy. Even harder, knowing when you should leave it alone (bunnies, chipmunk, etc) or when to call a professional for rodent exterminator services can still be a difficult decision.
So make it a no brainer – sign up for the monthly rodent control plan and you won’t have to worry about it!