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Rodents (Rodentia)

Rodents are mammals characterized by a single pair of continuously growing incisors (teeth) in each of the upper and lower jaws that must be kept short by gnawing. Mice and rats are common problems when they make their way into homes and other structures to find food, water, or protection from the elements. Rodents are a prey species and are the food source of many other larger animals. Because of this, they are extremely good at hiding and will spend the majority of their lives staying out of sight as much as possible. Rodents pose a safety hazard to humans as a carrier of diseases such as rabies as well as being a carrier for fleas which can pass along even more potential threats. They have little to no control over their bowels and bladder and therefore are known for leaving droppings and urine stains in their wake everywhere they go. Excessive exposure to droppings and urine can cause Hantavirus infections and respiratory illnesses and reactions such as asthma. Rodents also are a primary source of house fires every year due to them gnawing on electrical wires. Don’t let rodents risk the safety of your home and the health of your family.