The House Mouse (Mus musculus)
The house mouse looks similar to
baby rats. The ears are large and
the tail is as long as the head and
body together, and the feet are
short and broad. Mice are “gnawkers”
or “nibblers” by nature and thus
tend to make small holes or other
slight damage at one place. The
mouse has keen senses of touch,
smell and hearing. It can run,
climb, jump and swim very well
although it cannot climb as well as
House mice eat about the same food
as humans, including, cereals,
seeds, fruits, and vegetables and
are especially fond of sweet liquids
and candy. Because they nibble, they
may feed as often as 15-20 times a
day. Mice can survive on extremely
small amounts of water.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
is a severe illness caused by
infection from exposure to the
droppings of wild rodents that carry
species of rats are present in the
United States: the Norway rat,
Rattus norvegius and The Roof rat
Ratus ratus, the black or roof rat.
This rat is also known as the house
rat, brown rat, wharf rat, water rat
and the gray rat. Norway rats prefer
food with a high carbohydrate and
protein content, but will eat almost
any available food.
The Black Roof rat is also known
as the black rat, ship, rat,
grey-bellied rat, Alexandrine rat
and the white-bellied rat. These
rats are excellent climbers and
often make their nests in vines and
trees. Their climbing ability and
choice of upper parts of buildings
make it possible for them to live
and thrive in the same areas of
They prefer foods such as seeds,
fresh vegetables or fruits,
potatoes, wheat and corn and as the
Norway rat, will eat almost anything
that is available when necessary.
Rodent Control / Rats and Mice
Q/A That might help
Rats are dangerous! They can ruin
your food, destroy things in your
home and start electrical fires.
Rats and mice can carry disease.
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do rats live outside?
Under wood piles or lumber that is
not being used often.
Under bushes, vines and in tall
grasses that are not trimmed or cut
Under rocks in the garden. In
cars, appliances and furniture that
has been put outside and is no
longer being used. In and around
trash and garbage that has been left
on the ground. In holes under
do rats live inside the home?
In the insulation of walls or
ceilings. Inside crawl spaces.
Behind or under cupboards, counters,
bathtubs and shower stalls. Near hot
water heaters and furnaces. In
basements, attics and wherever
things are stored in boxes, paper or
foods brings rats into my yard and
Garbage that rats can get into, like
garbage cans with loose lids,
plastic or paper bags, and litter.
Food for pets and birds that has not
been eaten. Birdseed on the ground,
pet food in pet dishes, bread
crumbs, etc. Fruits and berries that
have fallen to the ground. Compost
pile or worm bin that isn't taken
care of the right way (do not put
meat, fish, poultry, or dairy in the
compost). Dog droppings.
-Do not give food and shelter to
these most unwanted guests!
-The time to act is before the signs
(droppings) of a rat or mouse.
-Birdhouses and seed should be on
poles and in trays rats can't get.
-Keep garbage can lids closed
-Plant bushes so they will
stay at least 3 feet from your
-Keep yards and alleys clean.
-Take junk to the dump!
-If you feed them, they will stay.
-Pick up fruit and vegetables in
-Do not compost any animal products
(fish, meat, chicken, cheese,
-Keep lids tight.
rodent resistant composers.
-In basements keep any food in
closed containers that rats can't
-Cover all openings to your house.
-Rats can get into very small
-Do not leave your pet food outside.
-If your pet doesn't eat it, the
-Roof rats can get into your house
from plant and tree branches that
touch walls and the roof.
only ¼” to gain access and rats ½”.
Close or seal all openings that lead
into the structure.