Rodents

Rodents – Where they live

Normally, mice make their home in grassy wooded areas, close to a food source. The common house mouse can successfully cohabitate with humans and is highly adaptable. They are scavengers and need little to no water in order to survive.

Size and Color – House Mice are covered in short hair that is light brown, or gray with lighter colored bellies. Deer Mice are about 6 inches in length; they are typically gray with white bellies and legs.

About Rodents - Rats and mice can transmit diseases to humans through their hair, droppings and urine. A single mouse can leave behind 40 to 100 droppings per day. Males mark their area with urine in order to attract females. The odor is noticeable when there is a large rodent population

Mice are known to scurry about when it’s dark, although you may spot them from time to time during the day. Often, you may find signs of their chewing, teeth and gnawing marks on pantry items or along the walls in an attempt to create an opening.

Reproduction – House mice produce very quickly. Female mice can give birth to up to six young per litter and up to seven litters per year. They usually wean from their mother after three weeks. Rats and mice can begin mating as early as 6 weeks of age.

Prevention – In order to prevent a mice or rat infestation, keep the home well sanitized and keep debris away from the home and buildings. Make sure the structure is sealed well, with no access through cracks and voids. Mice and rats can squeeze through extremely small spaces making it difficult to defend against these pests. If there are any signs of rodent activity, make sure all food sources are properly sealed for protection.

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