Removing a Variety of Rodents
As a victim of a rodent problem, you know how costly it can be battling an infestation of rots or mice. No one wants these unsightly rodents on their premises. Rats and mice destroy property, contaminate food and spread disease. Calling Rodent Busters, a professional rodent control company, to get rid of them was wise move. You can be assured the trained technician has taken the necessary steps to get rid of the problem efficiently and safely. Even with the best professional treatment though, rats and mice could return unless you take steps to make your environment on undesirable place for rodents. The following prevention techniques will help keep your environment free.
The house mouse has a grayish-brown upper body and is lighter underneath, and is normally 5" to 7.75" long, weighing less than one ounce. It lives in buildings, cultivated fields, and other areas near man. It is an inquisitive nibbler that climbs and stays close to its nest, which is made of string, shredded paper, and straw. They groom frequently and will chew through walls, floors, baseboards, and electrical cords.
The house mouse averages 7 to 10 litters of 4 to 16 young per year. They prefer seeds, cereals, grains, and sweets.
Norway rats have a brownish-gray upper body with a gray belly. They're up to 18" long, and their tail is shorter than the head and body combined. They have small eyes, hairy ears, and weigh 7 to 17 ounces. You can find them in human dwellings, warehouses, farms, cultivated fields, and sewers.
These rates are agile climbers, excellent swimmers, and use their sensitive whiskers to navigate. They feed at night, and daytime feeding indicates a large population. Their powerful front teeth grow continually and are maintained by chewing through wood, cables, pipes, and other objects. They nest in burrows, and are suspicious and wary. They average 5 to 7 litters of 7 to 11 young per year, and prefer to eat cereals, meat, and seeds.
The roof rat has a dark brown upper body with a gray belly and averages 15", smaller than the Norway rat. The slender tail is longer than the head and body combined, and it has large, almost hairless ears. The rat weighs up to nine ounces and lives in upper floors of buildings, trees and vegetation, seaports, and ships. It is abundant in the South and along coastlines.
The roof rat is an extremely agile climber and will chew through wood, lead piping, and electrical cables. Nests can be found in attics and upper floors of building, as well as aboveground in trees and tangled vines. It produces several litters of 2 to 8 young per years, and eats cereals, grains, nuts, and fruit.
• Get rid of overgrown vegetation near buildings.
• Clean up debris and clutter on grounds.
• Keep dumpsters and other refuse containers covered.
• Remove discarded pallets and boxes from premises.
Bulding Exterior and Entryways
• Weatherstrip gaps in doorways leading into building.
• Repair holes in foundation and floor to keep rodents from burrowing into building.
• Replace broken and missing windows. Put metal grates over floor drains to prevent entry from the sewers.
• Whenever possible, keep entryway and dock doors closed.
• Clean up food crumbs and waste from floors and tables daily.
• Check storage areas for food spills and keep condiments in sealed containers.
• Remove garbage daily.
• Keep desks and drawers free of snacks and food crumbs.
• Store sugar and powdered cream for coffee in closed containers.
• Dispose of refuse and boxes regularly.
• Seal ducts and openings where rodents may be entering.
• Store materials off the floor on pallets or shelves, whenever possible.
• Watch for rodents coming in with shipped goods.
• Follow structural repair suggestions for floors, windows and entryways, as outlined earlier.