Rats and mice can find their way into your home through extremely small holes. Once there, they may cause damage in their search for food or water, or when they build their nests. They have also been known to chew through wires and cause home alarm systems to go off! Mice and rats may also carry diseases that can affect humans (Hantavirus) or bring in disease-carrying fleas, ticks or lice. In some cases, you may not see the mice or rats, but may find droppings that indicate a problem.
While you may be able to capture and remove the rodents, if you do not identify and seal every possible entry into your home, they are sure to return. If you think you have a problem with mice or rats, you should call in the troops! Contact a pest professional to eliminate the rats and mice before they reproduce or cause additional damage. Call Clegg’s today at 1.888.MR.CLEGG.
Here are some of the common rats and mice in our area:
Color: Brown, with white feet and underbelly
Size: 5 to 8 inches long
Habits: The deer mouse prefers the outdoors.
Habitat: The deer mouse makes its home outdoors in sheltered areas such as hollow tree logs or piles of debris. On the rare occasions the deer mouse comes indoors, it prefers undisturbed areas such as attics.
Threats: The deer mouse transmits the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The disease can be transmitted through contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets of infected deer mice.
Prevention: To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building. Use heavy gloves and protective breathing gear when working in an area populated by deer mice.
Color: Light brown to black
Habits: House mice can breed throughout the year and can share nests.
Habitat: House mice live in structures, but they can live outdoors.
Threats: Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.
Prevention: To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building.
Color: Gray, brown or black
Size: 10 to 12 inches (8″ body plus 4″ tail)
Habits: Rats are excellent climbers and often enter a home in the fall when outside food sources become scarce.
Habitat: Norway rats live in fields, farm lands and in structures. Rats are often found in woodpiles. Rodents can gain entry to a home through a hole the size of a quarter.
Threats: Rats can chew through wiring, causing fires. They also spread numerous diseases.
Prevention: Keep firewood stored well away from the structure. Remove debris piles. Seal any holes larger than 1/4 inch. Remove moisture and harborage sources.
Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.
Size: 16″ total (6-8″ body plus 6-8″ tail)
Habits: Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.
Habitat: Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.
Threats: Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and urinate on food.
Prevention: To prevent rats from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter. Remove sources of moisture and harborage.
MANY CUSTOMERS WILL ASK “HOW DID THE MICE GET IN?”
There are a variety of entry possibilities:
- Construction near or around your home usually brings rodents
- Unsealed holes in and around your home (underneath sinks, dryer vents, cracks in foundation, etc.) allow rodents to access your home. Steel wool is a wonderful tool to seal these openings.
There are several options available to eliminate mice and rats. A service technician will recommend the best option after determining your specific situation.
If you think you have a problem with mice or rats, you should call in the troops! Contact a pest professional to eliminate the rats and mice before they reproduce or cause additional damage. Call Clegg’s today at 1.888.MR.CLEGG.