How to Identify House Mice
Adult house mice range in size from 5 to 8 inches from nose to tail. The body is only about 2.5 to 4 inches long. They can vary from light brown to almost black in color. Most field strains of the mouse are gray in color. Mice are capable of breeding throughout the year and produce anywhere from 2-13 mice per litter. A female mouse can produce up to 60 offspring in a year. These rodents typically enter homes in early fall as the weather turns cold. Garages are common entry points as well as improperly sealed openings for pipes and electrical conduit. Signs of mice include droppings and gnawing on food products. Mice will consume nearly all types of foods from seeds, grains, and insects outside to anything found in your pantry. Should you notice any of these signs, calling a mouse control expert is vital
How We Treat a Mouse Problem
An integrated approach is taken when treating for mice. All exterior entry points need to be repaired to prevent new mice from entering the structure, proper sanitation practices need to be in place and finally the utilization of traps and baits will eliminate the problem.
How to Identify Norway Rats
The Norway rat is the most important urban rat for most parts of the world. It is also known as sewer rat, brown rat, wharf rat, barn rat, water rat, and gray rat. The average size is about a 16 inches long and weighs about 12 ounces. Litter sizes range from 6-12 pups and a female rat can have up from 3-6 litters per year. Rats are nocturnal but are able to adapt and change their habits based on human activity. Norway rats are know for digging ground burrows for shelter so exclusion has little effect in reducing their numbers. Rats also need a daily water source but can also get some of the daily requirements from moisture laden foods like fruits, vegetables, and insects. Rats will typically range about 25-100 feet and do not wander but repeatedly cover the same area.
How We Treat a Rat Infestation Problem
Sanitation is key to rat control as well as trapping and baiting strategies.