How knowing the differences and signs of infestations can help Homeowners who find they are dealing with a mice or rat infestation are typically not happy campers. In these situations, it’s important to know how mice and rats are different, what they look like, how they behave, and the signs of infestation.
Mice can range in length and are anywhere from twelve to twenty centimeters in length if one includes the length of the tail. They also weigh anywhere from twelve to thirty grams. Mice can be grey, white or brown in color and they have triangular snouts with long whiskers.
Mice have hairy and thin tails and floppy and large ears. Mice are able to thrive in a number of environments and climates and have a lifespan of about six years if living in captivity, but many mice live for just about under a year. They are territorial and social and nocturnal.
Mouse nests are made from shredded fibers and other found materials. They are common in undisturbed areas such as shoe boxes and storage crates.
Rats on the other hand vary from large to medium in size and may grow to forty centimeters in length. Rats can be brown, white, gray or black and their coats tend to be soiled so they leave marks of grease on surface they touch.
Rats have more blunt snouts and their tails are less hairy than mice. Rats are nocturnal and they also thrive in various climates and environments.
Signs of Infestation
- GNAWED HOLES
- RUB AND GNAW MARKS
- RODENT NESTS
- SCAMPERING NOISES
- UNUSUAL PET BEHAVIOR
What to do if you have rodents?
Signs of mouse infestation include droppings, gnawed plastic or furniture, tracks and rodent sightings. House mice also emit musky odors. These signs help homeowners to identify nesting areas. If you know you have a rodent problem, call Sigma Pest Control.
The ‘do it yourself’ rodent remediation approach seems easy, but do you want to set a rat trap or dispose of dead rodents?
We know mice. We know rats. We know how to rid your home or business from these four legged pests. Call us – 540-94-SIGMA. We’ll take care of those rodents for you.
Quarterly Pest Control Program
Sigma’s Quarterly Pest Control Service (QPCS) covers ants, spiders, roaches, wasps, fleas, centipedes, crickets, mice, rats, and much more. Once we solved any issues on the inside of your home, we will focus our efforts on the outside to keep your home pest free. Exterior services will occur once every three months, and will include a foundation treatment, removal of wasp nests and spider webs using a telescopic tool that reaches up to 30 feet, a perimeter band around the home. And crack and crevice service. However, if the bugs don’t listen, we will come back and take care of it at no additional charge to you.