Rodents

What are mice and rats?

Mice and rats are rodents and are amongst the most successful mammals in North Carolina and Virginia.  They are able to adapt and colonize on many different types of land masses. They also have the ability to reproduce quickly and feed on many different types of food.

 

Common types of rodent

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The most common types of rodent is the House Mouse, Norway Rat and the Black Rat (otherwise known as the Roof Rat).

 

Rodent appearance

The House Mouse is the number one rodent pest in most parts of the world. The house mouse ranges in size to between 5″ and 8″ and weigh between 1/2 to 1 ounce.  Colors vary from light brown to nearly black. The tail is semi naked and about as long as the body and head combined. The house mouse lives inside and outside.

 

The Norway Rat is a relatively large rat and an adult measures about 16″ and weighs around 12 ounces.  The Norway rat is grayish brown but may vary from pure gray to a blackish reddish brown.  The length of the tail is shorter than the body.  The Norway rat is an excellent climber and will enter homes in the fall when food sources become scarce.

 

The Roof Rat is a medium sized rat and an adult again measures around 16″ and weights about 8 ounces.  The roof rat is not always black but may be wholly black or brown backed with the belly varying in color.  The  tail is longer than the body. The roof rat can be found on upper parts of a building, but they can also be found under and in structures.

 

Why do I have mice or rats?

mouse traps - rodent removalMice and rats are dependent on humans in order to survive.  So where humans are then mice and rats will always be.  There can be a number of varying factors as to why you have them, such as water or food sources, landscaping or easy entry points into the structure.

Rodent will gain entry into your home via cracks and crevices and even areas around duct work.  Mice and rats They can be destructive to insulation, duct work and electrical insulation.  An adult house mouse can fit through a crack as small as a dime.

 

Getting rid of rats or mice

Rats and mice carry fleas, ticks, mites and lice. Their urine can not only cause allergies in children but some species urinate on food thereby contaminating it. If they are cornered they will defend themselves. However, they will are fairly shy and will almost always avoid an encounter with a human.  Mice and rats are very quick when on the move so in turn makes it hard to catch them.  A professional from Four Seasons or HomeTown looks for signs of rodents during their routine maintenance treatments.

 

What can I do to prevent mice and rats in the future?

Issues which need to be resolved are;

  • Sealing any cracks and crevices
  • Removing any moisture and harbourage sources
  • Storing firewood away from the structure
  • Removing any debris piles

 

Can I get rid of rats or mice myself?

If you have tried getting rid of rats or mice using do it yourself exterminator methods like  mouse traps, rat bait or even repellent, then it may have been in vain.  The do it yourself methods just don’t work due to the chemicals not being effective.  Additionally there is the risk that the chemicals are mixed incorrectly which then causes a hazardous risk to humans, pets and plant life.

 

Fast, effect, mouse and rat control

Getting rid of rodents is one of the pests which is covered under the common household pests and is treated for during our maintenance inspections.   At Four Seasons and HomeTown Pest Control we understand pests and we also understand our customers.  We are experts in our field and from years of training and experience we can find the sources of entry.  Once found we can use our rodent control expertise to rid of your rat and mouse problems from your home or commercial property.

By using a professional pest control company like ourselves we deal with your pest control problems quickly, before they arise, eliminating them from your home or building.  Additionally you don’t have to worry about the dangers of home treatments for rodents or other pest infestations. Contact us today for more information.