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Rodent Facts

 

Since we are officially in the Fall season I felt we should give you the rodent run down since these critters are looking for a nice, warm space inside your home.

We treat 3 of the most common rodents, the Roof Rat, the Norway Rat and the House mouse. We have listed some intersting factoids and tips below that can help you keep these pesky critters out of your home.

The House Mouse

Mice are found where food and shelter is plentiful and prefer nesting sites that are dark and in secluded places with an abundance of nesting materials, which include; paper products, cotton, packing materials, insulation, fabrics and etc.

Did you Know?

  • Mice are prolific breeders, producing six to ten litters continuously throughout the year
  • The average mouse lives only 1-2 years.
  • Mice are constant eaters - and will eat almost anything.
  • Mouse tails have scales that help with climbing.
  • Highly curious, mice explore their territory daily, paying special attention to new objects or physical changes. Unlike rats, mice show no dislike to new items.

The Roof Rat

Roof rats are well know for damaging and destroying material by gnawing, eats and contaminates stored food, its bite is also a risk to humans as they are a vector or carrier of diseases.

Did you know?

  • The typical roof rat is between 13 to 18 inches long, including its tail.
  • Is associated with having spread the plague or black death during the Middle Ages.
  • Will feed on anything, from seeds, nuts, berries to shellfish and slugs.

The Norway Rat

Norway rats are well know for damaging and destroying material by gnawing, eats and contaminates stored food, its bite is also a risk to humans as they are a vector or carrier of diseases.

Did you know?

  • The Norway Rat is also known as the "Sewer Rat" and the "Brown Rat".
  • The Norway Rat prefers Fish and Meat.
  • Norway Rts can carry the rabies virus.

Prevention

Prevention is the biggest part of keeping these critters away. We have provided you with a list of tips to help you deter rodents. Remember in the event of an infestation you will want to contact your local pest professional.

Clark Pest Control's highly trained professionals can handle all of your rodent control needs, regardless if you have Roof Rats, Norway rats or even mice, Clark is on the job!

Indoors Tips

Food areas and Storage

  • Clean all areas where food may spill, including; under stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers cabinets.
  • Keep your counter tops free of food.
  • Store dry food, pet food and birdseed in sealed plastic containers/tubs.

Shelter

  • Keep storage areas free of clutter
  • Rodent-Proof hard-to-access areas that tend to be neglected
  • Store supplies or materials off the floor  

Outdoors

  • Properly maintain landscaping - trim any overgrown vegetation and shrubbery until ground underneath is visible.
  • Remove any debris - rock piles, old equipment and such.
  • Elevate lumber and firewood at least 18 inches.
  • Store firewood away from the house.
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