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Know Your Enemy

To successfully control your rodent problem it’s important to know exactly what type of rodent you’re dealing with. Whether you have just one mouse or an infestation of rats, knowing your enemy is the first step to taking back your home or barn. 

House Mouse

House Mouse

House mice are the most common rodents and hardest to control. Found indoors, behind walls, in cabinets and furniture, house mice are very curious and quick to notice new objects in the area.

  • Light brown to gray in color
  • Small – 5-7” long, including tail
  • Tail is hairless and same length as the body
  • Reproduce year-round, averaging 5-7 litters with each averaging 5-7 young
  • Poor eyesight, but a keen sense of hearing, smell and taste
  • Mostly nocturnal and will travel 10 to 30 feet from its nest in search of food
  • Found in nearly all countries
 
Norway Rats
Roof Rat

(a.k.a. brown rat, house rat, gray rat, wharf rat or sewer rat)
Norway rats live in close proximity to people. Found indoors and out, in basements, barns, and warehouses, Norway rats will burrow under rubbish, wood piles and buildings.

  • Brown or red-gray in color
  • Blunt muzzle
  • Tail is hairless and about same length of combined head and body
  • Weigh up to one pound
  • Typically reproduce in the spring and fall, averaging 4-6 litters per year with 6-12 young per litter
  • Weak eyesight, but excellent hearing, sense of smell, taste and touch
  • Will travel 100 – 150 feet from its nest in search of food
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Roof Rats

Norway Rat

Roof rats are agile climbers and live above the ground – in trees, shrubs, dense ivy or vine growths, overhead storage areas in sheds and garages, and in attics. The roof rat is found in warm, tropical and semi-tropical climates.

  • Grizzled gray, black or tan
  • Pointed snout and hairless ears that are larger than Norway rats' ears
  • Tail is hairless, dark in color and longer than the combined head and body
  • Need a source of water
  • Typically reproduce 3 times a year averaging 5-8 young in each litter
  • Eats citrus and other tree fruit, vegetables and grains
  • Can gain access to homes from trees or power lines
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