One of the most common pests that invades your home during the winter is rats or mice. Rats and mice like warm temperatures therefore during the cooler weather they will forge indoors. Rodents can be destructive by chewing on electrical wiring plus they carry disease. The best way to avoid an invasion is seal holes and cracks plus provide as little harborage sites as possible.
Buzz Kill Pest Control will first inspect your home or business thoroughly before any rodent control service is rendered. The type of treatment or pest control service plan will depend on the severity of the infestation and the area or areas of entry.
If you do get an infestation of rodents indoors start rodent control as soon as possible. Some options to rid rodents are sticky traps, snap traps or baits. The method that you choose should depend on the severity of the infestation. Contact Buzz Kill Pest Control for help in eliminating your rodent infestation. Together we can control and maintain a rodent free environment for you. Visit our specials page for some great money saving offers on rodents.
Description and Habits
Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus/h3>
Norway rats burrow under foundations, floors, stacks of goods and rubbish.
Adult weight: Seven to 18 ounces
Total length: 11 to 19 inches including tail
Color: Gray with white underside
Body: Heavy and thick with small ears, small eyes, blunt nose
Tail: Shorter than body, furless
Litter size and number: two to fourteen rats; four to six per year with heaviest production in spring and fall
Roof rat, Rattus rattus
Roof rat seldom burrows. It normally nests in double walls and attics.
Adult weight: 5 to 10 ounces
Total length: 12 to 18 inches including tail
Color: Grayish-black with a pale yellow underside
Body: Light and slender with large ears, large eyes, pointed nose
Tail: Longer than body, furless
Litter size and number: Five to eight; three or more per year with heaviest production of young in the winter and spring.
House mouse, Mus Musculus
Mice have smaller, neater nests often found in a variety of places such as under a pile of paper, in loose or baled hay, inside upholstered furniture and even in cabinet drawers.
Adult weight: ½ to 1 ounce
Total length: 5 to 8 inches including tail
Body: Small with small feet and head
Litter size and number: Five to Six at Thirteen per year
The signs of a rat or mouse infestation include droppings, tracks, gnawing, greasy smears wherever their bodies have touched walls or rafters and runways in the grass, trash or sometimes insulation.
The degree of infestation can be determined by checking for the following: Droppings: Numerous or just a few? Scattered or everywhere? Fresh or old? Smears: Faintly seen or very heavy and greasy? Runways: Seldom used or worn smooth by the passage of many rodents? Feeding signs: A solitary rodent may be neat when feeding whereas if many feed they may fight between themselves and scatter food.