Rats and mice are the most abundant and destructive of all rodents the homeowner or business owner may encounter. Some people keep rats and mice as pets. These furry critters seem cute, but left on their own rats and mice can cause serious damage to your home and create a health hazard to your family.
Throughout history, they have been responsible for more human illnesses and deaths than any other mammals. The most common are the Norway Rat, the roof rat and the house mouse. The Norway Rats prefer the outdoors and burrow in the ground under foundations and in trash dumps. Inside they live between floors and walls and enclosed places out of sight. The Roof Rat is smaller than the Norway and seems to prefer above-ground dwellings, in attics, between walls or outdoors in trees and vines. The House Mouse, the smallest of the household rodents, is gray and has a long tail. They live in any convenient, protected space. Controlling rodent infestations is mostly due to the common sense elimination of their food, water and harboring sources. Elimination of whatever possible that makes them happy is always the first step and should be addressed at the first signs of their presence. Beyond that, baiting and/or trapping would be next. Baiting is the first choice as it is effective in most cases and is the simplest solution. Trapping requires much maintenance and constant monitoring and of course, disposal of the trapped rodents.