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Rodent Control Facts . . . . . . . . .

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 rats.
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 Facts

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe illness caused by infection from exposure to the droppings of wild rodents that carry the virus.

Two 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 Norway rats
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
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Where 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 back.
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 buildings.

Where 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 cloth.
What foods brings rats into my yard and neighborhood?
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 tightly.
-Plant bushes so they will stay at least 3 feet from your house.
-Keep yards and alleys clean.
-Take junk to the dump!
-If you feed them, they will stay.
-Pick up fruit and vegetables in your yard.
-Do not compost any animal products (fish, meat, chicken, cheese, butter).
-Keep lids tight. 
-Use only rodent resistant composers.
-In basements keep any food in closed containers that rats can't chew through.
-Cover all openings to your house.
-Rats can get into very small places.
-Do not leave your pet food outside.
-If your pet doesn't eat it, the rodents will.
-Roof rats can get into your house from plant and tree branches that touch walls and the roof.
-Mice need only ¼” to gain access and rats ½”. Close or seal all openings that lead into the structure.


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