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Getting Rid Of Mice & Rats

Get Rid of Rodents (Mice, Rats), from Standard Exterminating Company, Inc.

Rat & Mice Extermination

Rodents, like mice and rats, can literally ‘chew away’ at your property, causing damage and bringing germs and disease to where you live and work. With more than 2,200 different types or rodents, known to carry up to 35 different diseases, they can affect health and safety in serious ways. You can see and hear signs of their presence, such as gnawing to wood, carpeting, furniture, or wiring, or seeing droppings in cupboards or cabinets. Seeing mice or rats can be fairly common at various times of the year, and you may hear them running around behind walls or in attic spaces in fall and winter months when they try to obtain warmth and moisture.

The number one rodent pest across North America is the house mouse. Deer mice are another common visitor in rural areas. Norway and roof rats can also bring disruption. Rodents will chew siding and other building materials, can eat through insulation and electrical lines increasing the possibility of a fire, gnawing and nesting in furniture, and contaminating insulation, attics, basements, and crawl spaces with droppings and nests.

Common rodent types:

  • House Mouse: These usually light brown or light gray in color, and is a smaller, slender rodent, usually 5½ to 7½ inches in length (tail included). They only weigh ½ ounce, and can have large ears and small eyes.
  • Deer Mouse: Deer mice can resemble deer coloring, having grayish-brown bodies that turn white at the belly and legs. They measure up to 8 inches (including their tail) and can weigh up to 35 grams. They have large, round ears, large dark eyes, and long whiskers.
  • Norway Rat: These are moderate-sized rodents, usually 12 to 18 inches long (including a bi-colored tail that is 5 to 8 inches long). The adults can weigh from 8 ounces to a pound or more. They have coarse fur, brown to reddish-gray on the back, and grayish-white on the belly. They have a blunt nose, are good swimmers, and can found in buildings, basements, and burrowed under structures.
  • Roof Rat: Roof rats can be black, brown, or gray with a pale belly. It is smaller and more slender than the Norway rat, has larger eyes and ears, and a longer, one-tone tail. It can weigh from 4 to 10 ounces. Adults can be 14 to 18 inches long (including their tail, that can be longer than their head and body combined). Roof rats are excellent climbers and can be found in attics, along rafters, wire, pipes, and on rooftops of old buildings.

Ways to help wrangle rodents where you live and work:

  • A good first step is to not attract them to your home or business. Make sure all doors and screens fit tightly, with no gaps.
  • Seal any holes or cracks on the outside of the building, where they may be able to find a way inside.
  • Make sure trash cans and dumpsters have covers that fit tightly.
  • Keep indoor and outdoor areas free of debris and clutter.
  • Keep any pet food, grain, or other food products in sealed, metal containers.
  • Trim trees and shrubs back from buildings to prevent rodents from using them to gain access.

Many people will try to get rid of mice by catching them in various types of traps, although catching one or two may not be enough to eliminate the entire population. Complete removal of mice includes identifying their nesting areas, feeding places, and coming up with an effective treatment plan. Call Standard Exterminating Company, Inc. to get the most effective action when it comes to securing your home or business against rodents.


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