Identifying the Problem
There are several simple techniques. First, identify the type of rodent you have. The house mouse is dusty gray in color and normally 2 K to 4 inches in length. Its nesting areas include cluttered areas such as closets and garages. They can also take shelter behind voids and appliances.
The house mouse diet contain of cereals, grains, meats, and seeds. The Norway rat is graying brown in color and normally 7 to 10 inches in length. Its nesting areas include burrows, soil, sewers, basements, and the lower portion of buildings. The Norway rat’s diet is made up of cereals, grains, meats, seeds, cockroaches, fruits, and shrimp.
Root fats are black to brownish grey in color. They are typically 7 to 10 inches in length. The roof rat nests in attics/false ceilings, palm trees, and upper portions of buildings. The roof rat’s diet consists of fruits, berries, meats, seeds, vegetables, and eggs.
To begin eliminating your rodent problems start with an inspection to determine which type of rodent is present and exactly where they are nesting. Fickle pellets are the most commonly encountered sign in a rodent inspection and serve as primary evidence to confirm an infestation. Even a small population of mice can produce thousands of droppings in a short period of time. Fresh droppings are dark in color and soft in texture. After three days, the droppings harden and loose the dark color.
Runways are another evidence for rodent infestation. Rodents repeatedly use the same pathways between their food and nesting area. Common linear patterns include foundation or seal ledges, tree branches, and trickle lines, pipes, and sewer lines. Rub marks are grease marks created from oil and dirt from the rodent’s skin and often appear on wall areas next to runways.
Once you’ve identified the rodent and their pathway, you can call your local pest control company for assistance. Rodents are easy to take care of with a pest control professional. A pest exterminator should know how to deal with these rodents so they won’t be driving within your house or property again.
Older houses are most vulnerable to rodents, but it’s possible for them to crop up in just about any neighborhood. There are often large rodent populations in the city, but apartment owners typically rarely see them since their landlords will typically take care of building maintenance, including unwelcome visitors. Rodents are more problematic to the average suburban homeowner. Here are some signs to look for to see if rodents are living in or around your house:
Rats are typically active at night. You might hear such indicators as the patter of paws, squeaks, or climbing sounds in the walls. Mice may also emit a little whistle.
Rats and mice lairs give off a noticeable pungent smell.
Look for rodent droppings near your food supplies, i.e. kitchen cupboards or countertops. A variety of sizes may indicate an established colon v with both older and younger animals.
Look for freshly gnawed wood, indicated by a paler coloring than the wood around it.
Dogs and cats are sensitive to the sounds and smells of rodents. If your pet frequently paws or sniffs at the wall or iloor in one particular spot, especially near kitchen cabinets or storage areas, it may be an indicator of rats or mice.
If you actually see a live rodent, it’s a good indicator that you have a problem. Rats are secretive and are usually only out at night, so if you see one in the daytime, it probably means there are enough to have forced that individual out. Assume there are at least 10 more rats in the general area for every one you see. It is important to note that mice are naturally active during the day, so a mouse sighting doesn’t necessarily mean there is a colony in your house.