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Rat and Mouse Control

There are many species of rodents, but in pest control, "rodents" usually refers to three particular species: The Norway rat, the roof rat, and the house mouse. These three are known as "commensal rodents," meaning that they "eat at the same table" as we do.

Rodents are serious public health pests because of their filthy habits and because they carry diseases including murine typhus, hantavirus, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, Lyme disease, and bubonic plague.They also contaminate food and feed with their filth, and cause fires and communications outages when they chew wiring.

Norway Rats

Norway RatNorway rats are brown, stocky rats with small eyes and ears, blunt noses, shaggy fur, and tails that are slightly shorter than the head and body combined. They have poor vision, but excellent senses of touch, taste, smell, and hearing. They can jump several feet, have good balance, and are good swimmers.

Norway Rats usually live in burrows in the ground. They also can be found in and around human-occupied buildings, especially in basements, crawl spaces, wall voids, sewers, utility chaseways, and other protected areas close to their sources of food and water.

Roof Rats

Roof RatRoof rats are more slender than Norway rats and are black or brown in color with smooth, silky fur. They have pointy noses, large eyes and ears, and tails slightly longer than the head and body combined. Roof rats are aerialists and live in trees by nature, but they have adapted to living in attics, basements, crawl spaces, barns, sheds, warehouses, and above drop ceilings in commercial buildings.

Roof rats are have better vision than Norway rats, and excellent senses of balance, smell, taste, hearing and touch. They will eat almost anything, but prefer fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables.

House Mice

House MouseHouse mice are small, slender rodents who rarely grow larger than three or four inches. They're usually gray or brown in color and have pointy noses, small eyes, and large ears. Their vision is not very good, but they have excellent senses of balance, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. They are omnivorous, but prefer seeds and grains.

Because mice are so small, they can get into cupboards where human food is stored, where they contaminate our food with filth and disease pathogens. Their very littleness makes mice a very big health hazard.

For help exterminating rats or mice, or for any pest control problem, please contact us.

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