Some consider them to be cute and adorable. Others leap out of their skin when one appears on the floor next to them. Most of us fall somewhere in between. But, no matter where you stand on the topic of rodents, we hope you'll agree that they have no business being inside our homes and businesses. Here are the most common rodent invaders we have in Texas, and what you need to know most about them.
At a length of between 5 1/2 and 7 inches, including the tail, the common house mouse has no trouble getting into our homes. In fact, a typical house mouse is able to squeeze through a hole the size of a dime. That is probably why it is so common.
A house mouse has a pointed nose, black, beady eyes, and a thin tail. It is usually gray or brown with an underbelly of white fur.
If you own a farm or have outside animals, this is the rodent you're likely to see. Deer mice can live in a human dwelling, but it does not prefer it. They are more at home in a barn.
This mouse has a fur coat that is usually brown with an underbelly of tawny fur. It ranges in size from 5 to 8 inches, including the tail. And can squeeze in through tiny holes, just like the house mouse.
These rodents create burrows in the ground. Most of the time, these burrows will be hidden by ground clutter like crates, pallets, concrete slabs, woodpiles, garbage, piles of debris, undisturbed materials, and similar items.
A Norway rat, also called a Norwegian rat, even though it is of Asian origin, has a rounded snout and black, beady eyes. Its ears look smaller than the ears of a mouse and its tail appears much thicker. And it will range in size from 7-9 1/2 inches, including the tail.
As its name implies, this is a rat that likes to climb. But they can be found in pretty much any location that offers food. For this reason, they go by other names like ship rats and black rats. If you see a roof rat, it is not likely to be alone. These rodents travel in groups of up to ten.
A roof rat has a round nose, small ears, and a thick tail, like the Norway rat, but it is much longer. Some roof rats are as long as 16 inches long, with its tail length included. And, while they can be called black rats, they are actually a mixture of brown and black with a gray-white or black underside.
All rodents are known to spread harmful bacteria from dirty places to food prep surfaces, stored foods, dishes, silverware, and more. They are also known to carry human pathogens which can cause ongoing illness in a home.
Secondary Rodent Pests
When rodents come into a home, they don't usually come alone. They commonly bring lice, ticks, fleas, mites, and other parasites in with them. And, since their foraging behavior can bring them to every nook and cranny of a home, they are efficient at spreading these secondary pests around.
While it is extraordinarily difficult to seal rodents out of a home without ongoing monitoring and trapping, here are a few things that help:
Seal all exterior trash to prevent the attraction of rodents.
All rodents like weeds, tall grass, and lawn clutter. Rodents are skittish by nature. These help them to feel safe as they explore your exterior walls.
Rodents get under decks and into secluded locations to chew their way into a home. Putting up mesh can keep them out.
Rodents can squeeze through gaps around pipes and conduit. These areas need to be sealed.
Most rodents can use a downspout to gain access to your roof. Put wire mesh in the bottom to allow water to come out but prevent rodents from crawling up.
Professional Rodent Control
For complete control of rodents, it is best to hire a trained professional. A professional has the education and tools to inspect for rodents, monitor for activity, and to safely extract any rodents present. Through this process, you can know for sure that your rodent problem is solved.
If you need assistance with rodents in Texas, find out if you're in our service area. Adams Exterminating Company doesn't just do exterminating. We are an industry-leading pest control company that help homes and business in Texas stay pest-free. Reach out to us today to learn more.
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