Rats and Mice? Mice and Rats?
Either way you say it, we have been trying to eliminate them for years, just as our ancestors before us. Along with invading homes, markets, restaurants, warehouses and factories, they damage foodstuffs, causing large dollar amounts of damage each year. Because of their gnawing abilities they cause monetary damage to floors, walls, doors and electrical wiring.
Calls have been coming in about how to keep rodents out of houses, sheds and workshops.
Exclusion is your most effective move. Taking the time to locate and seal holes is the first thing you need to do. Remove any debris, which can serve as a hiding place for rodents.
Some types of mice found in our area are, the house mouse, harvest mouse and the deer mouse. Their coloring usually ranges from gray, brown to reddish brown with white underbellies. Their bodies are small and slender, giving them the ability to enter into buildings through very small holes. They feed on seeds, grasses, green vegetation, berries and insects.
Rats such as the Eastern wood rat, or the “pack rat” as we commonly refer to them and the Norway rat, can be found invading attics, outbuildings, abandoned and sometimes temporally parked vehicles and machinery. The pack rat also builds their nests against the base of trees.
The pack rat feeds on leaves, bark, fruits and berries. They have a fondness for collecting odd bits and pieces of bone, sand burrs, and small shiny objects. Hence their name “pack rat”. Their nests consist of sticks, twigs and other plant material. Their fur is usually grayish-brown with a white throat and belly.
The fur of the Norway rat in comparison is usually brown or reddish gray along with the white belly. They are known by many names, such as the brown rat, sewer rat, wharf rat and house rat. They prefer grains, meats, nuts and fruits, but will eat whatever food is available.
Rodents possess sharp incisor teeth, which grow continuously throughout their lives. Mice and rats have a highly developed sense of touch, due to very sensitive body hairs and whiskers. They also have a highly developed sense of taste and a higher hearing frequency than humans. They do have poor vision beyond three or four feet, though they are very sensitive to motion up to 30 to 50 feet. For both rats and mice, their sense of smell is a very important. They mark pathways and objects with urine and glandular secretions. They recognize those odors along the pathways, leading them to food sources and their colonies.
If you find yourself invaded by rats and mice give us a call at 1-800-966-9599 and our professional technicians can assess what type of rodent you have and select the type of rodent control program that is best for you. We have traps, various large and small bait boxes, and disposable bait boxes for any situation. Or visit our website at www.worldpestonline.com
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