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When most people think of rodents, the mouse and rat instantly come to mind. While these are the most problematic rodents for property owners and tenants, there is a broad range of “Rodentia” order species. Mammals with incisors, front teeth, that continuously grow meet the criteria to be classified as rodents. Scientists believe they have successfully identified over 2,050 Rodentia species, including squirrel, hamster, gopher, gerbil, rat, beaver, guinea pig, chipmunk, porcupine, and chinchilla. Fortunately, there is no need to be concerned about all these rodent species because only a few are known to infest houses and businesses.
Residential And Commercial Rodent Infestation
Some species of the Rodentia order meet the household pest classification. These species include the rat and mouse, both of which target commercial, industrial, and residential establishments. There is no doubt, mouse and rat sightings are extremely common in restaurants, grocery stores, food manufacturing facilities, houses, motels, hospitals, subway stations, and schools.
There are two mouse species commonly found in homes. These species include the deer mouse and house mouse, both of which share many of the same features. While both mouse species are small, with a furry body, four legs, and rounded ears, there are a few variances that help with determining the identity.
House Mouse – The Mus musculous, better known as the house mouse, is slightly smaller than the deer mouse. The rodent various in color, ranging between light gray, dark gray, and brown. The tiny feet have sharp claws for climbing, feeding, nesting, and other important survival activities.
The mature house mouse measures around 4.3 inches (11 centimeters) long. The tail is long and covered with a fine layer of fur.
Deer Mouse – The field mouse, also referred to as the deer mouse, is slightly larger than the house mouse. The fur varies between dark brown and dark gray. The abdomen is covered with white or off-white fur. Like the house mouse, the deer mouse “Peromyscus maniculatus” has tiny claws that are utilized for survival techniques.
Only the deer mouse has been linked to hantaviruses.
Evidence reveals the mouse species carry diseases, such as Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis “LCMC”, hantavirus, Shigella, salmonella, plague, rat-bite fever, typhus, and Rickettsia. These illnesses are spread through contaminated fecal matter and urine.
Mouse Extermination Intervention
Upon sighting a mouse in your home, it is crucial to conduct a thorough inspection of the entire property. If mice are inside your home, they are around the perimeter. Mice erect nests from organic materials, such as branches, leaves, hay, cardboard, and paper. The rodent builds its nests in thick brush, underneath piles of firewood and lumber, basements, crawlspaces, sheds, and abandoned properties.
Call For A Free Rodent Inspection
We never treat a rodent problem without a thorough inspection of the impacted property. We will dispatch a certified technician to your property on the day of the appointment to perform the inspection. There is no need to vacate the home for this visit.