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Posted by Stephanie Morgan on July 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am PST

The grass has been cut…hedges are trimmed…fresh mulch is down…after a day of hard work, your lawn looks amazing. And yet, in spite of your hours of labor, you wake up to molehills in the grass and plants that look like a hungry little critter mistook your garden for an all-you-can-eat buffet. If any variation of this situation has ever happened to you, you can attest to the fact that rodent control is extremely important for your lawn.

Rodent Control Protects the Health of Your Lawn

Rodents take the liberty of creating their own mini-superhighway system wherever they decide to make their home. Moles and gophers make underground tunnels that can destroy the roots of your grass and other plants, killing the existing roots and reducing the soil depth so it’s difficult for new growth to occur. Voles tend to run the same paths regularly, wearing down grass on the surface and leaving trails of dead grass around the yard. Soil erosion and the threat to root stability from tunnels and burrowing are problems that can have detrimental effects on the long-term health of your lawn.

Your Lawn is the Gateway to your Home

Rodents can cause significant damage in a lawn, and, if left unchecked, they can quickly invade your home and negatively impact the structure of your property. If your lawn conditions are conducive to rodents by offering them shelter and meeting their basic needs, they will quickly set up camp. Their trails of destruction may begin outside – rodents may chew through important electrical lines or cable buried underground, causing extensive damage that affects those living in the home. Many unwanted pests will then move indoors as they seek warmth, food, and water – especially in the colder months. Once they set up residence inside, you’ll have even more trouble to deal with…rodents on the lawn AND inside your home. Rodents can chew on interior electrical wires, chew holes in furniture and other belongings, and leave droppings wherever they go. Which leads us to…

Rodents Carry and Spread Disease

Throughout history, rodents have been notorious for spreading disease. A problem with these little pests may start out on your lawn but could quickly spread to the interior of your house or outbuildings. Germs and droppings create unnecessary hazards for the residents of the property; if you have children or pets, it is especially important to keep rodents under control to avoid the risk of illness through direct contact or, indirectly, through contamination. Rodent control is extremely important for your lawn and property as a whole. Keep infestations under control by regularly monitoring your lawn for signs of rodent activity. Reduce the likelihood of rodent problems by reducing the conditions in the yard that attract them. In doing so, you will not only protect your lawn from the damage they can cause – you’ll protect the structure of your home and the health of you and your family. If you live in the Visalia or Fresno areas and would like help from an expert in rodent control, give The Experienced Gardener a call today for a free consultation.