Rodents (ORDER RODENTIA)
HOUSE MOUSE The house mouse is the most common rodent and is found in most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt to quickly to changing conditions. In fact, a female house mouse can give birth to a half-dozen babies every three weeks and can produce up to 35 young per year.
NORWAY RAT Norway rats are believed to be of Asian origin, but are now found throughout the world. Rodent gnawing is a common cause damage to the structure of a property. Norway rats have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails.
HOUSE MOUSE The house mouse prefers to eat seeds and insects, but will eat many kinds of food. They are excellent climbers and can jump up to a foot high, but are colorblind cannot see clearly beyond 6 inches. House mice live in structures, but they can survive outdoors, too. House mice prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas and often build a nest out of paper products, cotton, packing materials, wall insulation and fabrics.NORWAY RAT Norway rats natural habitat are fields and farmland. These rats frequently burrow in soil near riverbanks, and garbage and wood piles, and under concrete slabs. Indoors, Norway rats often nest in basements, piles of debris or undistributed materials. Rodents can gain entry to through a hole smaller than a quarter!
To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a quarter are sealed. Keep areas clear and store boxes off the floor because mice can hide in clutter. Proper drainage is critical to rodent abatement and always install gutters which will channel water away from the building to prevent ideal conditions. Some techniques that may be done to help eliminate rodents are: visual inspection, burrow baiting, snap traps, mechanical traps, exclusion work, glue boards, and installing rodent stations.
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