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Dealing with NJ Rodents – Part One

How to Keep Rodents at Bay
How to Keep Rodents at Bay

When you see rats, mice or other rodents in your home or garden, it’s time to call Allison Pest Control NJ. These pests can spread infectious diseases and cause considerable damage to your home. If you haven’t seen any, it’s important to take steps to prevent rodents from invading your home.

Remove Easy Sources of Food

Rodents are drawn to your home and yard when they know there are easy-to-find find food sources. Don’t leave garbage cans uncovered outside, and pick up any fruits that fall to the ground if you have fruit trees. Use a hanging bird feeder to feed local birds, rather than throwing pieces of bread or seeds on the ground. Keep rodents from coming inside by sweeping up crumbs right away, making sure your counters and floors are clean, keeping food in airtight containers and washing dishes right away.

Close Up Rodent Entrances

Rats, mice and other rodents can get into your home by squeezing through cracks or holes in your foundation or walls. They can also get in through gaps around doors and windows. Seal these spaces up to stop rodents from making their way inside your home.

If you’re already dealing with a rodent problem in your home or garden, please contact Allison Pest Control NJ. We can eliminate mice, rats and other rodents from your property, so they won’t damage your home or spread germs.

Dealing with NJ Rodents – Part Two

What Rodents Live in New Jersey?
What Rodents Live in New Jersey?

When you’re working on preventing rodents from entering your home or garden, keep in mind that mice and rats aren’t the only pests to worry about. There are some other rodents that Allison Pest Control NJ deals with as well. These include the following:

• Norway rats: These rats are large with short tails. They live mainly on the ground and like to make their nests in basements and wood piles.

• Roof rats: These rats are smaller and have longer tails than Norway rats. They tend to be found in higher places, since they’re skilled climbers. You might find these pests in upper walls, attics, or trees.

• Mice: Mice are tiny enough to sneak through very small cracks. They make nests in a variety of places, including inside walls and cabinets. Mice are strongly attracted to food sources in your home, including people food and pet food.

• Moles: Moles feed on bugs, so you don’t have to worry about them dining on your garden. However, they can cause damage to the soil around plants with their digging.

• Meadow voles: These pests eat plants, tree bark and other vegetation, which can cause damage to your landscaping.

• Squirrels: Tree and ground squirrels can ruin your garden and damage your home if they build nests inside.

For help getting rid of these rodents, give Allison Pest Control NJ a call.

Groundhogs, Gophers, Moles, Voles – How Do You Know If You Have Them?

Moles, Voles And Everything in between
Moles, Voles And Everything in between

Small, brown and furry rodents of the ground squirrel family, gophers can create extensive and destructive tunneling systems throughout your yard. A single gopher digging up your lawn can create a whopping 10-30 mounds per month displacing one glass to one gallon’s worth of dirt, up to 6 feet underground, and covering up to 2,000 square feet!

Guaranteed gophers?
Gophers eat plants, including grass, bulbs, tubers, seeds, and tree roots, in addition to chewing through utility and irrigation lines in their attempt to navigate your yard. Because of their tendency to consume from the roots up, your plants may appear to be dying of thirst. Gopher tunnels are rarely visible, however they tend to leave 3 inch diameter plugged holes in addition to fan-shaped dirt mounds with a hole off to the side in areas in which they emerge to feed.

Merely a mole?
Nuisance wildlife can be difficult to identify if unseen, so it may be possible you have moles rather than gophers. If this is the case, you will see symmetrical volcano-shaped mounds that vary in size, surface feeding tunnels featuring raised ridges, and plugged up holes. As moles feed on bugs, grubs, and worms, you are less likely to see damage to landscaping plants.

Vexed by voles?
If plants and trees are wilting, also consider the less-know vole, rapidly reproducing herbivores identifiable by their broomstick-sized holes and trench-like balding “runways” about two inches wide.

Combination contamination?
Smaller moles and voles are known to take advantage of gopher holes, so be advised your lawn may be suffering from multiple maladies.

Gophers gobbling your garden? Contact Allison Pest Control today.

Voles – How Do You Know if You Have Them?

Vole Control
Vole Control

You may be familiar with grub and insect munching moles, but have you ever heard of voles? These small, mouse-like rodents feed on plant roots, tubers and bulbs, and in the winter on roots and bark, causing significant damage to landscaping large and small throughout your yard.

Vole hole or mole hole?
Identification can be tricky with nuisance wildlife such as voles and moles because they live underground and are rarely seen. Looking at the effects these tunneling terrors have had on your yard can point you in the right direction for the most effective pest control:

  • Voles
    Much smaller than moles with blunt noses and brown or rust colored fur, voles create broomstick or quarter-sized holes and well-defined, visible “runways” – roadmaps in the surface of your lawn. Runways are typically about two inches wide and trench-like rather than mounded resulting from the consumption of grass blades and the repetitive foot traffic of these rapidly reproducing pests.
  • Moles
    Larger than voles with black fur and long noses, moles create two types of runways: Feeding tunnels just beneath the surface appearing as raised ridges across your lawn, and deeper runways resulting in mounds piled up on your lawn like little volcanoes. Mounds are a dead giveaway of moles, however voles are well-known for taking over mole runways for their own personal use, so you may be suffering a dual-assault!

Voles victimizing your vegetation? Contact Allison Pest Control today to learn more about our pest control and humane trapping methods and say bon voyage to voles for good.