Most Common Rodents In Texas

Some consider them to be cute and adorable while others leap out of their skin when one appears on the floor next to them. Most of us fall somewhere in between. However, no matter where one stands on the topic of rodents, we can all agree that they have no place inside of our homes uninvited. Rodents in Northern Texas - whether they be mice or rats - can be difficult to eliminate without the help of an exterminator. Common rodents in Texas include the: 

  • House mouse

  • Deer mouse

  • Norway mouse

  • Roof rat

Despite the type of rodent infesting your Texas home, they find their way indoors in search of shelter, food, and water.  In the process of scavenging, they cause damage to your home by chewing woodwork, storing food, chewing electrical wires, and leaving behind waste. Furthermore, mice or rats carry infectious diseases that can be dangerous to humans. If you suspect a rodent infestation in your Texas home, the first step towards rodent extermination is the identification of the species and the source of the problem.

House Mice

There are two dominating types of mice in Texas: the house mouse and the deer mouse. 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 which enables them to enter homes through the smallest of undetected spaces.

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.

Deer Mouse

If you own a farm or have outside animals, you’re likely to experience several run-ins with deer mice. Deer mice can live inside of your Texas home, but they prefer to live in an outdoor dwelling such as a shed or 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 through tiny holes, just like the house mouse.

Norway Rat

There are two dominating types of rats in Texas who will make their way into your home: the Norway rat and the roof rat. The Norway rat is the most common rat found in Texas. This rodent will create burrows in the ground and are thus found amidst ground clutter like crates, pallets, concrete slabs, woodpiles, garbage, piles of debris, undisturbed materials, and similar items.

 The Norway rat is also commonly referred to as the sewer rat, house rat, wharf rat, gray rat, or Norwegian rat, even though it is of Asian origin. With its rounded snout, black, beady eyes, and small ears, this rat can be easily mistaken for a small roof rat. Norway rats range in size from 7-9 ½ inches long, including its long thick tail.

Roof Rat

The two prevalent types of rats in Texas are often confused with each other, as they look fairly similar. As its name implies, the roof rat 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.

Rodent Threats

All rodents are known to spread harmful bacteria from dirty places to food preparation surfaces, stored foods, dishes, silverware, and more. They are also known to carry human pathogens which can cause ongoing illness in a home. Once you detect a threat of mice or rats in your Texas home, it’s important to contact an exterminator to help with the cleaning and elimination of the pest and its waste.

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 with them. And, since their foraging behavior can bring them to every nook and cranny of a home, they efficiently spread these secondary pests around.

Rodent Prevention

While it is extraordinarily difficult to seal rodents out of a home without ongoing monitoring and trapping, here are a few safeguarding techniques:

  • Seal all exterior trash to prevent the attraction of rodents.
  • Remove clutter and debris from around your home. All rodents like weeds, tall grass, and lawn clutter. 
  • Put up mesh underneath decks or stairs. Rodents find their way into secluded locations to chew their way into a home.
  • Seal up pipes and conduit. Rodents can squeeze through deceivingly small gaps.
  • Put wire mesh in the bottom of your downspout to prevent rodents from gaining access to your roof.

Professional Rodent Control

For complete control of rodents in Texas homes or around Texas properties, it is best to hire a trained professional. A professional has the education and tools needed to thoroughly inspect for rodents, monitor for activity, and to safely extract any rodents present. Through this effective rodent control process, you can know for sure that your rodent problem is solved.

If you need assistance with rodents in Texas, call us today! Adams Exterminating Company doesn't just exterminate rodents; We are an industry-leading pest control company that helps homes and businesses in Texas stay pest-free. Reach out to us today to learn more.

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