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Facts About Rodents, Diseases and Pest Control
Animals that may come indoors during winter include mice, rats, squirrels, and sometimes even raccoons and opossums are all considered rodents
Rodents may come in through almost any opening – pet doors, holes in walls, missing vent screens, openings around pipes, dryer ducts, vents, etc.
The roof may also be a handy highway into your home. Rats can climb plants or trees that are too close to the house. That’s where roof rats get their name.
Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel.
Rats can squeeze through a space as small as a half dollar.
Rodents usually can spread diseases, including potentially lethal hantavirus and arena virus. In the U.S., rodents try to come inside from October through February.
An estimated that 21 million homes in the U.S. are invaded by rodents each year winter.
House mice constantly give off hundreds of micro-droplets of urine as they travel around their territory every day. A large medical research study showed a protein in house mouse urine called mouse urinary protein (MUP), caused allergies in 18% of the inner city children studied.
You know you have rodents when you can hear scampering or gnawing sounds late at night in the attic or behind walls. Rodent droppings may be found in undisturbed areas of the house such as pantries, attics, garages, under baseboards, and along walls.
Telltale signs of rodents’ gnawing may be seen on packaged goods, cardboard boxes, and walls near pipes and vents. Inside, rodents can be very destructive. They chew through wallboards and can eat through cardboard boxes, wood, and plaster. Rodents gnaw on electrical wiring that could potentially cause an electrical fire.
Diseases associated with rodents
Rodents carry disease and fleas and leave waste.
Wild and domestic rodents have been reported to harbor and spread as many as 200 human pathogens. Rodents, primarily the harmless-looking deer mouse and pack rats, can spread the potentially deadly hantavirus and arena virus. Hantavirus was first identified when soldiers in the Korean War fell ill with hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS). Hantavirus is contracted primarily by inhaling airborne particles from rodent droppings, urine or saliva left by infected rodents or through direct contact with infected rodents. The Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), while relatively rare, kills nearly half the people who develop it. After suffering from flu-like symptoms, victims of lethal cases of HPS die quickly from severe lung damage.
Keeping rodents out
To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure that all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Also seal any cracks and voids. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel the water away from the building. Your local pest management firm can help provide information on and may even do pest proofing.
If you find rodents in your home, knowing when to call an expert is important. Call a local pest management professional to identify the problem, survey for, and control the rodents using n Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. Searching out the hiding places of rodents and other pests and precisely targeting management efforts requires a competent, knowledgeable, and technically-trained specialist. A pest management professional has the special training, experience and tools necessary to assure adequate protection against such destructive pests.
NORWAY RATS Rattus norvegicus
Color: Gray, brown or black
Size: 10 to 12 inches (8" body plus 4" tail)
These rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails.
Rats are excellent climbers and often enter a home in the fall when outside food sources become scarce.
Norway rats live in fields, farm lands and in structures. Rats are often found in woodpiles. Rodents can gain entry to a home through a hole the size of a quarter.
Rats can chew through wiring, causing fires. They also spread numerous diseases.
Norway Rats can be found in All 50 States
Keep firewood stored well away from the structure. Remove debris piles. Seal any holes larger than 1/4 inch. Remove moisture and harborage sources. .
HOUSE MICE Mus domesticus
Color: Light brown to black
The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions.
House mice can breed throughout the year and can share nests.
House mice live in structures, but they can live outdoors.
Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.
House Mice can be found in All 50 States
To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don't overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building.
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