Harmful Charactertistics Of Mice & Rats

Why are mice & rats such a problem?

Here's Why:

Having rats and mice can be very dangerous to you and your families health.  The accumulation of their droppings and urine can spread bacteria. Mice and rats like to group up and seek shelter during colder weather.  So they will seek refuge in your roofs, walls and even under your home. They can also contaminate food if left out. Mice and rats rummage through garbage and crawl through unsanitary rooms like bathrooms and sewers.  They can pick up bacterias on their fur, hands and feet; and spread these bacterias to the things they touch.  Most of the diseases that mice and rats carry can be life-threatening.  They can spread Hantavirus, Salmonella and rat-bite fever. If you get bit by a rat, you could contract what is called Rat Bite Fever.  If you encounter a rat or mouse and get bitten, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible as these diseases can be life-threatening to humans.  If you notice you have rats or mice and you develop flu-like symptoms you also need to seek immediate medical attention. Don’t take any chances when it comes to these rodents.

 

On top of the diseases rats and mice can carry, they can cause damage to your home and personal property.  Rats are known for chewing through walls and wiring. Your wires getting chewed on can cause a fire in your home which may result in a very dangerous and expensive repair.

How To Take Action Against Mice & Rats

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This Is How To Deal With Mice & Rats

There are several options for catching Mice and Rats.  There are traps that you can set like a glue trap for example.  They also sell pellets and other poisons to help kill or deter the rodents.  To eliminate the nests, it would be better for you and your family if you contacted a professional to remove the rodents from your home.  If you see one mouse, there may be many others. Do yourself a favor and call us now to help eliminate your rodent problem. We use the most ethical and environmentally safe practices to make you feel safe in your own home.  Call us now.

Useful Information About Mice & Rats

Mice and rats are both considered rodents.  Although not very big in comparison to other rodents, mice and rats can be very harmful to a human’s health.  The most common rat in the United States is the Norway Rat, and the most common mouse is the House Mouse. They both have very poor eyesight and rely heavily on their sense of smell.  Mice and rats will both scurry and rummage through your kitchen and garbage. It can be difficult to tell the difference from a mouse and rat; one characteristic is that rats are typically larger than mice.  Mice are a very social creatures; rats prefer to be alone. Rats leave behind a greasy residue from their paws on everything they touch. A rat's tail is much longer and thicker than a mouse. Mice and rats are both nocturnal.  They like to rummage for food at night. Rats are cautious and want to avoid new things until they get used to them, while mice are very curious and are known to explore and discover.

Mice and rats both eat fruits, nuts and grains.  Although sometimes a rat will eat smaller animals or insects, this is not very common because it requires hunting.  Rats don’t like to hunt other animals, but they will hunt, kill, and eat mice.

Mice do not like to burrow in the ground.  Rats, on the other hand, will dig under buildings, fences and anything else that obstruct their path.  Because rats are very cautious, if you are going to lay a trap, first place unset traps in their paths before you place a set trap.  Mice are more carefree and will wander right into a trap without knowing.

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How To Identify Mice & Rats

Rats and mice are very different in appearance.  Rats are big, heavy, have long, thick tails, short ears and blunt snouts.  A mouse is usually small, light in weight, has a thin tail, pointed ears and pointed nose.  Rats can be white, black, gray or brown. A mouse can be white, brown or gray. So although there are differences in appearance, if you don’t get a good glimpse at it right away, it may be hard to determine.  Either way, it’s best to take care of a rat and mouse problem as soon as possible. We here at Pest Proof Pest Management are more than happy to help with your rodent issue.

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