Mice and Rats
Mice and rats are familiar unwanted house guests, and are found inside and outside homes and industrial areas. They are both nocturnal so they are most active at night. Mice have about eight litters a year, four to seven offspring in each litter, while rats will produce about twenty offspring per year.
A rat can get fit through a hole the size of a quarter, and mouse a hole the size of a dime, finding their way into your home through gaps and holes; around pipes, dryer vents, voids in the building foundations and walls. Mice usually live inside of walls and behind appliances, while rats tend to live in underground burrows (these can be confused with squirrel burrows), but are also known to inhabit wall voids.
Signs to look for if you expect you have rodents in your home:
- Droppings; mouse dropping are the size and shape of a piece of rice.
- Dropping are larger, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in size.
- Dark smears or rub marks along baseboards and gnaw marks on baseboards, door frames and food items.
To help in the prevention of rodents entering or staying in your home, fill smaller holes with steel wool (using caulk to help keep it in place). For larger holes use lath screen, cement or metal sheeting. Also, eliminate any possible food sources by keeping food in thick plastic or metal containers with lids, clean up food spills, and wash dishes after use, and put pet food away. Do not leave pet food or water out overnight.
If you have issues with Rodents, contact a professional, to inspect your home and design a rodent control treatment plan. We are highly trained, and equipped to handle your situation.