Clever, hardy and big. Norway Rats are often described as being “as big as a cat”. Realistically these intruders can be around as big as a youth squirrel. However, the damage created by even a small family of Rats can bring a home or business to its knees. Norway Rats can be a tedious and trying challenge for the untrained or inexperienced technician and have even been known to fool a seasoned veteran technician. Typically a strong monitoring program, with pre-baited snap traps can eliminate a small population quickly. Professional care is required here as retail and do-it-yourself methods are not effective in completely eliminating the problem. Entry points should be located and properly sealed as Norway Rats are crafty and will find entry elsewhere if not addressed properly.
Deer mice are tricky pests which can sometimes be identified incorrectly as chipmunks or Voles. Usually found in or around suburban areas backing onto woods, streams, surrounded by fields or with attached deck. Deer Mice prefer to live outside. However, are often found when they attempt to enter a home for food or water. Control measures change little between House and Field Mice. However, a quick exterior inspection sealing entry points and a bait station located along the foundation typically provides very successful results. When applying pesticides or rodenticides on exterior areas a professional is always recommended to ensure no negative environmental impact.
Commonly considered a household pest the House Mouse is actually more often found in urban businesses and areas with large human populations such as downtown, core areas and large office buildings. House Mice are more than happy to make their harborage inside of a building occupied by humans and tend to scavenge their foods from refuse and compactor areas. Breeding in large numbers the House Mouse can become a very serious threat if left unattended. House Mice can be effectively prevented utilizing the advisements and communications provided by a professional. In most cases nothing more than a strong monitoring and baiting program is required.
Roof Rats are less common and typically like to remain in an exterior environment. Roof Rats are slender, agile, quick and just as clever as the Norway rat. Harborage points on exterior can usually be found in trees, or close to an entry point along the exterior of homes and business. Much like the Norway rat these intruders tend to leave similar evidence making improper identification common. Roof Rats prefer to make their harborage outside. However, rafters in warehouse facilities, attics, large vaulted ceilings and troughs where access can be gained by a nearby tree also provide potential harborage points. Control measures are similar for the Roof Rat,. However, taking into account the difference in behaviours placement of traps and monitoring techniques should be tweaked to ensure no improper control measures.