Rats & Mice

Dealing with Pest Control in the Dead of Winter 

The first thing that you need to know about mice and rats is that it’s most important to make sure your house or business is secured during the colder months.

There are four common entry points where rodents prefer to intrude: Garages, door and window cracks, sewer and drain pipes, and vents. Though rats get grow up to 10 inches long and a few inches in diameter, they are able to slither through holes less than an inch around. Mice squeeze through quarter inch gaps. Mice especially like to climb through air vents in gas fireplaces. Make sure to keep those closed when not in use.

Rats & Mice Prevention Tips from Pest Press by ServicePro Did you know mice and rats are swimmers? Your bathrooms are not safe if the rest of your property isn’t secured because rats can swim underwater for up to 30 seconds. Rats can also jump 2 feet high and 4 feet to the side. Mice can jump up to a foot high sometimes. Some humans don’t have those abilities. 

When you catch a mouse in a trap, chances are you’ve realized you have a pest problem weeks after it actually started. That means there are still many more mice around your house. A female mouse can produce 10 to 12 pups each month and two after that, those mice will start reproducing. That’s over 70 mice in two months. While they don’t stray too far from their nests (Mice: 33 feet away; Rats: 300 feet), they definitely use their resources well. These monsters will eat pretty much anything, even insects and tree bark.

The biggest difference between mice and rats is their size. Rats are over four times as long as mice on average and adults have a 6- to 8-inch long tail.

  • Some less scary (depending how you look at it) facts about rats include:
  • A group of rats is called a mischief.
  • They can eat chocolate. So watch out for that.
  • Soda does not make rats explode like some are inclined to believe.
  • There is an island in Alaska named “Rat Island” because in 1870, a Japanese ship infested with rats shipwrecked near it, causing an island to become infested instead. For years, the rats ruled the roost and killed off local birds. In recent years, the island has become rat free.

If you see signs of a rat or mice infestation in your home, call a pest professional immediately.

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