Damage Caused by Common Yard Rodents
Many homeowners are more concerned about rodents infesting
their homes then worried about their yards. But of course, the
outdoors is the rodent's natural habitat. They can cause damage
to yards and gardens just by doing what they do naturally - nesting
and foraging for food. There are several common
give many a homeowner and gardener a headache.
Some of the more common wildlife inhabiting yards include rats,
mice, moles, gophers, squirrel, ground squirrels, groundhogs, chipmunk,
and rabbit. Less frequently seen are animals like porcupine and beaver.
Many of these will never be seen by the homeowner, but they are there
nonetheless, no matter how urban the area. These animals can cause
all sorts of damage to yards and gardens, including:
- Digging holes or burrows, or creating a tunnel system throughout
the yard. Rodent holes in yard
and garden areas might seem like a minor nuisance or just a
cosmetic problem at first, but it can actually be much more than that.
Some rodents create complex and extensive tunnels that can actually
undermine patios, walkways, gazebos, and other structures too! If
that's not bad enough, an unsuspecting person (or pet, especially
a horse) could sprain an ankle or even break a leg if they step
onto seemingly-solid land that collapses into a tunnel or hole.
- They are voracious eaters. They can destroy plants (even some
plants that are deemed 'poisonous'!), strip fruit from trees, devour
berries and leaves, consume all your vegetables, even dig up roots.
They may eat the bark off trees (eventually killing them). While a
rodent fence can provide some
relief, there probably isn't a way to prevent all damage to plants.
- Rodents and wildlife could transmit parasites and diseases to the
family pet or even to people. Fleas and ticks are commonly found on
wildlife, and dogs can readily pick them up.
- Some rodents, in particular mice and rats, breed prolifically.
What started out as a single pair could quickly balloon out of control.
- Rodents in the yard can be mighty tempted to move into your house
instead, where it's warm, safe, and has a plentiful supply of food and
water. And if that happens there is sure to be damage to the house -
damage to the walls, the insulation, and the wiring is very common.
Yard rodents (and other wildlife too) are common in all yards, small
and large, rural and urban. To control the population outdoors and prevent
them from entering the house, preventive
pest control measures should be taken. Taking these steps will help
to stop them from entering the house, and make both the house and yard
less appealing to them by removing easy access to what they want most:
safe, warm shelter, food, and water. Prevention and maintenance are the
most humane pest control