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The house mouse is the most common animal infesting human dwellings; it also thrives in agricultural areas around barns and grain fields. It is a small, slender animal, weighing less than 30 g (1 oz.), with a pointed nose, relatively large ears and a nearly hairless tail. Although they prefer grains and seeds, mice will nibble on almost anything. Females produce 7 or more litters per year, with 5-7 pups per litter. They make their nests in hidden, enclosed spaces, using shredded paper, insulation, string or other soft materials. Their droppings are dark brown pellets, about 6 mm long (1/4 inch), left wherever mice have travelled.
-Despite their tiny bodies, mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day.
-A house mouse produces between 40 and 100 droppings per day.
-Mice are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers.
-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 typically enter our homes between October and February, looking for food, water and shelter from the cold. While these rodents may look cute, mice spread more germs than most people realize. Mice can actually carry as many as 200 human pathogens!
If you spot a mouse the house, it is safe to assume there are more or there will be soon. Female mice can give birth when they are two months old and are able to have babies 6 to 10 times per year.
Mice and Rats infest homes and business, contaminating food with their feces, urine and fur. Diseases carriers, mice and rats can spread salmonella, typhus, fleas, mites and other diseases and parasites.
Mice are generally 4-6 inches long, grey to reddish brown with a tail about as long as it’s body. Rats are larger, darker and have shorter tails.
Rats are primarily nocturnal. They forage for food in groups of up to ten and tend to return to the same food source time after time. These rats follow the same pathway between their nest and food.
-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 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.
Rats live in colonies and prefer to nest in the upper parts of buildings. They can also be found under, in and around structures.
Prevent them from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter with silicone caulk. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the building and cut back limbs overhanging the roof. Rodents are drawn to any accessible food sources, so clean up fruit that may fall from trees in the yard and keep garbage in tightly covered receptacles. It’s also important to regularly inspect the home and property for signs of a rodent infestation, including rodent droppings, gnaw marks, damaged goods and greasy rub marks from their oily fur.
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