Rats & Mice
Rats and mice are pests that many homeowners fear the most due to their perception that these vermin carry diseases into the home. Unfortunately, this can be a reality so any rat or mouse infestations must be treated seriously and promptly. One of the first steps in treatment is determining specifically what species of rodent is finding its way into your home. Rats tend to be larger than mice, and each species can exhibit different habits. As a result, correctly identifying what has invaded can determine which type of control option will be effective.
If you suspect that you have either rats or mice in your home, look for the following general signs:
- Droppings – droppings are one of the most common signs, and when they are fresh, they indicate that there is a current infestation. However, it is important to note that rodent droppings may look “old” in as little as a few hours. The size and shape of the droppings can also help pest control specialists determine exactly what species of rodent is present in the home. Mouse droppings are generally smaller than of rats, just like the animals themselves.
- Chewed wires and household objects – both rats and mice have the tendency to gnaw upon a variety of different household objects, including wires and wood. In some instances, it may be possible to identify whether rats or mice are present simply by looking at the teeth marks on the gnawed objects.
- Sounds – mice and rats may be heard in roof voids, walls, and across floors. Listen for these noises, particularly at night.
If you recognize that these are signs occurring in your household, contact a pest control specialists. We can identify what species of rodent you have, eliminate them, and block off their access to your home.