Rodent Pest Control

Mice and rats carry diseases and destroy property with their sharp incisors that allow them to chew through wood and other materials to gain access to your home or nearby property. If you can spot the damage signs early on, you can stop the damage from getting too great. Beyond that, these rodents tend to make a mess with their droppings, crawl around in filth, and carry parasites and other pests within their fur that bring health problems.

What Are The Signs Of Rodents?

Often the first thing that homeowners find indicating a rodent infestation is the droppings. If you find them in pantries, cupboards, behind garbage cans and receptacles or anywhere else you might have rodents. You might also hear them scurrying in the walls or see the mouse and rat tracks in dirt around the home.

The difference between the signs of rats and the signs of mice is subtle, but important. Usually the signs of rats and mice depends on size. Holes created by rats are larger, because rats are larger. Rat droppings are also larger, as well as smudge marks they leave behind. Mice are smaller and chew smaller holes in walls, leave smaller droppings behind.

Rats and mice will leave behind urine and feces. Rat droppings are fatter than those of mice and have rounded ends. Mice droppings are very small, almost like grains of rice, with pointy ends.

Rats vs Mice

The three most common types of rodents found in homes are the brown rat, the black rate, and the house mouse. The house mouse has several subspecies that are common in different parts of the world and are increasingly being recognized as separate species, but these are all virtually indistinguishable from each other. 

All rodents have the common identifying feature of a pair of incisor teeth in the upper jaw. They tend to have short legs and a long tail, but a closer look at their body characteristics and habits shows that there are easily distinguishable features that you can use to identify which pest is invading your property.

What Does A Mouse Look Like?

The easiest distinguishing feature is the small size of the house mouse at 1 - 4 inches long.  However, a mouse can be confused with a young rat. 

  • A mature mouse can be distinguished from a young rat by its larger ears and longer tail compared to its body length than the rat. 
  • A young rat also has distinctly larger feet and head compared to the body than a mouse.
  • Mice are usually light grey or brown in color with a lighter shade on their bellies.

What Does A Rat Look Like?

Rats have a similar appearance to mice but have distinguishable differences. 

  • Rats typically have a body of 8 inches and a tail of 9 inches
  • Norway rats have brown and coarse fur. Roof rats tend to have a grey coat with a white belly
  • Rat tails are scaly with no hair

How To Prevent Rodents In The Future

Proper storage of food, keeping areas clean and sanatized and sealing up easy entry points will go a long way in preventing rodents in your home.

  • Store dry food, pet food, and birdseed in metal, glass, or plastic containers.
  • Properly seal any seasonal storage items to prevent nesting.
  • Avoid using cardboard boxes that can easily be accessed by nesting rodents.
  • Raise storage items off the ground using shelving or pallets.
  • Clean up dropped seeds from bird feeders.
  • Pick up any fruit that has fallen from trees in your yard.
  • Clean common crumb areas, including under stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers.
  • Keep garbage cans clean and covered.
  • Plug or repair all cracks and gaps in foundation, walls, etc.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around doors and window frames.
  • Caulk holes around pipes that lead to appliances.
  • Cover up any open insulation that mice may use as nesting

Polite Pest Control Monthly Pricing

Polite Pest 1
up to 7,500 sq ft lot
$65 bi-monthly
Polite Pest 2
7,500-10,000 sq ft lot
$75 bi-monthly
Polite Pest 3
10,001-13,000 sq ft lot
$85 bi-monthly
Polite Pest 4
13,001 - 16,000 sq ft lot
$95 bi-monthly

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