The thought of sharing your home with rats or mice probably isn’t all that appealing. In fact, it might be downright horrifying. Maybe more so for us since we’ve been in the industry for so long and are quite aware of where rodents like hang out. Sewers, dumpsters, landfills, and neighborhood trashcans are just a few of their favorite haunting grounds. These critters forage through these nasty germ-ridden areas in search of food, collecting bacteria and other harmful germs on their feet and fur and mouths as they go. And then they have the nerve to sneak into New Jersey homes, scampering across counters and raiding cupboards, spreading their filth everywhere they go. Rodent problems are no fun to say the least and are an increasing issue lately around Bergen County and throughout our service area but not ones that cannot be controlled.
Before we focus on how to get rid of mice and rats that have taken up residence in your home or building, let’s take a closer look at the rodents in question.
Quick facts about rats:
- Over four times larger than mice – about 10ish inches long (minus the tail), rats can jump as high as two feet! Rats are avid breeders with a single pair producing multiple offspring every year.
- Rats enter structures through holes as small as 1” in diameter, and can survive being flushed down a toilet only to return the same way they went!
- Rats rarely travel more than 300 feet away from their nests – meaning if you see one there are probably hundreds or thousands more close by.
- They are known to carry and transmit diseases such as: viral hemorrhagic fever, Q fever, Weil’s disease, and Plague which includes 3 different types – bubonic, pneumonic, and rare septesemic form.
- Rats are also responsible for causing fires by chewing through wires.
Quick fact about mice:
- Relatively small measuring 3 or 4 inches, mice have the ability to jump as high as a foot. And when it comes to reproducing, it’s not uncommon for a single female mouse to produce 10 to 12 pups per month
- Mice squeeze through holes as small as 1/4” in diameter.
- They rarely travel more than 33 feet from their nests – meaning that little mouse you just saw in your kitchen has plenty of company nearby.
- Mice are well known for carrying and transmitting diseases and also act as taxi cabs for fleas and ticks.
- Like rats, mice may create fire hazards with their gnawing. Both rodents have incisors that constantly grow, causing them to chew on whatever they can find.
Both types of rodents will use vents, sewer and drains pipes, and cracks and gaps around windows and doors as well as whatever avenue into your home they can find, especially during the winter months when food and warm shelter are especially welcome. Once inside, they’re likely to nest in walls, boxes, crates, behind appliances and attics as well as other areas that aren’t often disturbed and that are near food and water.
Typically when you add 1 + 1, you get two but when it comes to mice and rats, the answer varies but is typically much higher than two. And the longer they’re allowed to hang out, the more likely the population of rodents in your home increases.
Rodent infestations are a serious issue that require professional intervention. If you suspect your home is going to mice and/or rats, contact ChemTec Pest Control today. Our home pest control programs offer superior protection from rodents as well as other common pests.
At ChemTec, we have been eliminating pests in New Jersey since 1931, you can count on us to protect your family and your home using the latest pest control technology. In fact, Chemtec has led the way in implementing Integrated Pest Management techniques, which offers an effective environmentally friendly approach to pest control. As the mice and rat problems around you increase, don’t let it come to your home too. Call Chemtec Pest Control today.