Rodent Control Services
NOLA Pest Control knows it can be very difficult to keep rodents out of structures. Rats are able to fit through openings the size of a quarter, and mice can squeeze into openings the size of a dime.
Certain preventive maintenance steps can be taken to help keep these nasty rodents out of your home or place of business, such as find any cracks or openings and seal them with the proper sealants.
Be sure to thoroughly inspect for adequate drainage around the foundation and ensure that gutters or drains are installed properly to allow the water to flow away from the building.
If you detect signs of any type of rodent infestation, give NOLA Pest Control a call right away so that we can come out and inspect the property to determine the correct type of rodent we are dealing with, and then we will recommend a course of action to eradicate your rodent problems.
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Female mice can give birth when they are two months old and are able to have babies 6 to 10 times per year.
Mice have to build their homes near sources of food because they like to eat 15 to 20 times per day.
Mice can live in a lab for up to two years, but usually only live for about 5 months in the wild, mostly because of
Predators, such as cats, snakes and foxes.
Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers.
House mice, like other rodents, do not vomit.
Deer mice get their name because their fur looks a lot like deer fur. They are most commonly found in open grasslands, brushy country, cliffs, forests, pasturelands, and croplands.
Size: 5″ to 8″ long – Shape: Mouse – Color: Brown to Dark Brown – Legs: 4 – Wings: No – Antenna: No
Deer mice eat seeds, small fruits and berries, beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, and an underground fungus. They prefer to eat insects when they can find them.
The deer mouse makes its home outdoors in hollow tree logs or piles of garbage. They are nocturnal, so they sleep in their nests during the day. They also use their nests to raise their young and to protect them against harsh weather. When a deer mouse does come indoors, it prefers quiet places, such as attics.
Deer mice can spread the potentially fatal Hantavirus. The virus can be spread by touching infected mice or by breathing in the fumes released in their urine.
The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. A female house mouse can give birth to up to a dozen babies every three weeks. That’s 150 babies a year!
Size: 2″ – Shape: Mouse – Color: Light brown to black – Legs: 4 – Wings: No – Antenna: No
House mice primarily feed on plants, but they will also eat meat and dairy products. They will drink water but require very little of it. They will eat their own droppings to acquire nutrients produced by bacteria in their guts!
House mice live in structures, but they can live outdoors. They breed throughout the year and often share nests with their “relatives”.
Even the smallest amount of mouse urine can trigger allergies, particularly in children because their immune systems are still developing. Mice spread disease through bite wounds and by contaminating food and water with their waste products. Mice can also spread disease thanks to parasites, such as ticks, fleas and mites. These parasites bite the infected mouse and then spread the disease by biting humans.
An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter.
Rats can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old.
Rats have strong teeth that allow them to chew through glass, cinderblock, wire, aluminum and lead.
Smell, taste, touch and sound help direct them to their food sources.
Rats are also responsible for spreading Bubonic Plague, also known as the “Black Death”. Although fleas are primarily responsible for infecting humans, they were originally infected with the plague by feeding on the blood of rats.
Rats are scavengers. They have an excellent sense of taste and a good memory. A rat can identify certain substances, including rat poisons, after just a tiny taste of it.
Roof Rats are excellent climbers and get their name because they usually live high off the ground, like on the roof of a building. They have very poor vision and are color blind, but they have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. Rats have four to six litters a year and each litter has 6 to 12 babies in it. These rats are only pregnant for about 21 to 23 days and they can start reproducing when they are three months old.
Size: 16″ nose to tail – Shape: Rat – Color: Black – Legs: 4 – Wings: No – Antenna: No
Roof Rats prefer eating fruits, berries, vegetables, cereal, pet food, nuts, grain, slugs, snails and rotten food.
Roof Rats are excellent climbers and they usually live in spaces on the tops of buildings, on roofs or in attics. They also live in sheds, garages, boxes, ceilings, under floors, in wood heaps and in thick grass.
Roof rats cause damage to structures by chewing, eating stored foods and carrying diseases, such as Hantavirus. They are most famous for spreading the highly contagious bubonic plague in the Middle Ages. Rats will also attack both animals and humans. Human babies and even adults have been killed in rat attacks.
The Norway rat is also called a “sewer rat”. Norway rats tend to be larger and more aggressive to animals, humans and each other than Roof rats.
Size: 10″ to 12″ long – Shape: Rat – Color: Black – Legs: 4 – Wings: No – Antenna: No
Norway rats eat a wide variety of foods but mostly prefer cereal grains, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits.
When Norway rats invade buildings, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor. They also live in fields, farms, woodpiles and buildings. Their nests are usually lined with shredded paper or cloth.
These rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials, urinating on food and eating stored foods. They have also been known to chew on wires, which can cause fires to start. They also carry disease and ectoparasites. Rats will also attack both animals and humans. Human babies and even adults have been killed in rat attacks.
Our Source for this Information: http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/rodents/