Household mice and rats not only spread diseases and contaminate food, they can be very destructive. Household mice and rats can gnaw through walls, doors and electrical wiring to invade your home or business. Household mice and rats are among the most destructive pests that invade your home or business.
A household mouse is generally small and slender. A household mouse is approximately three to four inches long with large ears, small eyes and a pointed nose. A household mouse is very inquisitive and an excellent climber.
When a household mouse creates a nest, it’s establishing it’s territory. A nest is usually ten to thirty feet from a food source. A household mouse prefers cereal type grains. A household mouse will eat fifteen to twenty times a day.
A household mouse can enter your home through a hole as small as 1/4 inch wide. If you have household mice, you will notice light brown or gray rod shaped droppings where a mouse has been. One household mouse can produce approximately 9,000 fecal droppings in six months.
A household mouse can live approximately one year. A household mouse breeds quickly. A household mouse has litters of four to seven mice, as often as every forty to fifty days.
The Roof Rat looks similar to a household rat. A roof rat is usually black or brown, with a long tail. The roof rat has large eyes and ears with a pointed nose. The roof rat is usually seven to ten inches long. A roof rat will make nests under buildings or piles of wood or rubbish. A roof rat is an excellent climber and is often found in the upper sections of a structure. The roof rat has a preference to eating grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables. A roof rat can live up to one year. The roof rat can have four to six liters in one year, each litter produces four to eight roof rats. A roof rat can enter your home or business through a 1/2 inch hole.
Sharing a home with a household mouse or roof rat is not very appealing to many people. There are things you can do to keep household mice and roof rats out. The first thing you should do is inspect the exterior of your home. Look for any entry points or things that would look appealing to household mice or rats. You’ll need to fix any holes or cracks with caulking or wool. Check to make sure doors and windows seal shut. Fix doors with weather stripping or door sweeps. Fix window screens and make sure the window seals when closed. Remove all standing water on your property. Make sure your garbage is stored in a covered container. Remove all rubbish, trees and other debris from your property.
While taking care of the exterior of your home is very important, so is the interior of your home. Make sure food in your cupboard are stored in plastic containers, this includes cereal, baking ingredients and anything else usually stored in boxes or paper. Keep your trash empty and food out of it.
If you’re concerned about household mice and roof rats or think there’s some in your home or business, you can use bait, traps and glue boards. If you continue to see rodent droppings, after using bait, traps or glue boards, make a call to your local pest control company. They may be able to advise you on your specific issue or give your home an inspection.