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Nothing can be more disturbing at night than hearing the scratching and scurrying of rodents in your Alpharetta home. Nobody wants to have these furry critters, as cute as they may be, running around where you live. Problems with rodent infestations can range from being merely irritating to damaging to your property and even spreaders of serious diseases like the hantavirus. If you live in Alpharetta or the suburbs of Buckhead, Virginia-Highland or Oakdale, here are some of the rodents you may encounter:

  1. House Mice – True to their name, house mice frequently find and eat food meant for people or their pets. They especially enjoy sweets and nuts, but will also eat grains, such as bags of rice or dry dog food.
  2. Ground Squirrels – Based on their name, ground squirrels may not sound like a regular household pest, but they can be a significant threat to both your garden and home.
  3. Norway Rats – Norway rats have various names, including sewer rat, brown rat, street rat, common rat, water rat, Parisian rat, Norwegian rat, wharf rat, and Hanover rat.
  4. Pocket Gophers – People who have gardens, either for sustenance or decor, are horrified by the damage that gophers cause.
  5. Roof Rats – Roof rats are justly named because of their fondness for heights. They can be seen traveling along power lines or tree limbs as a means to reach the roof of your house.
  6. Tree Squirrels – Tree squirrels, as you would expect, are all members of Scirudae, the squirrel family that lives primarily in trees, as opposed to ground squirrels.

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