Rodents – Removal

House Mice

Description:

The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world.  A female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. That’s over 150 babies a year!

Prevention:

  • Mice eat 15-20 times a day, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food and water out.
  • Be sure to empty kitchen and household garbage cans frequently.
  • Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
  • Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
  • Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.

Norway (Sewer) Rats

Description:

Norway rats tend to be larger and more aggressive to animals, humans and each other than Roof rats.  When Norway rats invade buildings, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor.  These rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials, urinating on food and eating stored foods. They have also been known to chew on wires, which can cause fires to start, and also carry harmful diseases.

Roof Rats

Description:

Roof Rats are excellent climbers and get their name because they usually live high off the ground, like on the roof of a building, in sheds, garages, boxes, ceilings, and under floors. They have very poor vision and are color blind, but they have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Rats have four to six litters a year and each litter has 6 to 12 babies in it. These rats are only pregnant for about 21 to 23 days and they can start reproducing when they are three months old.

Prevention for Rats:

  • Rats like to eat, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food out.
  • Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry.
  • Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often.
  • Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.