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Roof Rats

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by pelican

Color: Black
Legs: 4
Shape: Long
Size: 16″ total (6-8″ body plus 6-8″ tail)
Antennae: False
Region: Found throughout U.S.

Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.


Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.


Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.


Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and urinate on food.


To prevent rats from entering a home, seal up any holes or cracks larger than a quarter. Remove sources of moisture and harborage.

House Mice

Posted on: January 3rd, 2012 by shanda

Mus domesticus

Color: Light Brown to Black

Legs: 4

Shape: Round

Size: 2″

Antennae: False

Region: Found thoughout the U.S.


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.


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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