Mice are the most common rodent that live within proximity to humans. They are notorious for contaminating food supply and air duct systems with disease. Most often, these pests are found nesting in quieter areas with less opportunity to be noticed and disturbed. Their adaptability to maneuver into small holes within the home structure, coupled with their expert climbing and jumping skills, makes it a nuisance that is difficult to control. At about 3-4″ long, these tiny rodents typically weigh around one ounce. Droppings are a sure sign of mouse infestation.
Q. I have a mouse running around in my house! What should I do?
A. The first step is to catch the live mouse using a mousetrap. Usually, where there is one mouse there are many. The mice are coming from outside into the crawl space. Because of this we will want to bait the mice right away to eliminate the problem. Unfortunately, homes are not built to keep mice out.
Rats pose a threat to humans by spreading diseases via food supply. They have a reputation for destroying and contaminating insulation, wood, electrical work, vapor barriers, and air ducts. At about 8″ long (its tail adds another 6 inches) and weighing as much as a pound, these nocturnal rodents are able to enter through a hole in structures as small as half an inch. They tend to nest in lower structures such as burrows, around water sources like rivers and streams, and even under sidewalks. Their diet includes grains, meat, and fish. Coarse, shaggy hair covers their thick body that can vary in color. Droppings are a sure sign of rat infestation.
Q. We have rats and we know they are in other houses around the neighborhood. What do we do?
A. The first thing is to inspect your exterior for large openings or damaged screen vents.