During the winter, rodents are seeking warm shelter indoors and food. Thus, they are looking to burrow into your home however they can. There are three types of destructive rodents you might see: Norway rat, roof rat and house mouse. Though similar there are some key differences that ought to be considered from a pest management perspective.
IDENTIFY THE RODENT TYPE
- Norway Rat – small eyes, small ears, stocky short hairless tail
- Roof Rat – large eyes, large ears, slender longer hairless tail
- House mouse – small all the way around with a tail as coated with fur as the rest of its body
HABITATS OF RODENTS
Rats and mice can squeeze through holes just large enough to pass their heads through, as small as ¼ for mice and ½ inch for rats. They can climb through pipes, jump vertically three feet, horizontally four feet, and climb wires, cables, vines, and trees to enter a building.
INDICATORS OF RODENT INFESTATION
WHY ITS IMPORTANT TO HANDLE RODENTS IMMEDIATELY
In addition to causing damage, rodents can contaminate food and introduce fleas into a home. They also can create large litters which can get very out of control if there is no intervention. Handling the problem immediately is important for:
- The health and well-being of your family
- The physical safety of your family (electrical fires, etc.)
- Expenses regarding property damage to the structure, vehicles, etc. for repair or replacements