Control and Extermination of Mice and Rats
When contacting an exterminator for rodents (mice or rats), it’s important to be aware of the signs:
– Droppings (for mice: black colour, round, up to 8mm, for rats: brown colour, shape similar to a grain of rice)
– Tracks or new holes
– Gnawing type marks from their teeth.
Of course, seeing an actual mouse or rat is the surest sign that there are certainly more behind the scenes. Be sure to make a mental note of the size of the rodents seen, so the exterminator can better identify if it is a rat or a mouse.
Swift-X Pest Control offers both mice and rat extermination using a two stage method. Different variations of bait are used, along with sealing up any entry/exit points or holes that lead inside or outside the home. This allows for a longer term solution, rather than simply exterminating the current mice or rat population. If your home is much older, then this allows for more cracks and crevices in the foundation for rodents to gain entry. This may require a longer term rodent extermination strategy until an exact entry point is found in the structure.
Mice vs Rats – what are the main differences?
Aside from the obvious size differences between the two, rats tend to be much more careful and cautious compared to mice. Rats will be wary and avoid any new surroundings or items placed in their path (i.e. traps). In contrast, mice are more curious and will be more eager to investigate something new. It is critical to customize the mice or rat extermination methods based on these differences. A house mouse can enter an indoor dwelling from a hole as small as ¼ inch, whereas rats need a ½ inch opening. Rarely will both mice and rats be found in the same area, since rats will eat mice.
Droppings: Mice excrete tiny round or oval shaped droppings which are black in colour. Rats will leave behind much large droppings, ranging in colour of different shades of brown.
One key factor in behavioral difference between rats and mice relates to water consumption. Mice do not require water, but will drink a small amount (up to 3mL) if available. A rat, on the other hand, will need to drink at least 30-60mL of water per day. This means they need to exit the home at some point to find a water source, unless they have clear access to enough water in the home (i.e. open toilet, etc). With this in mind, it is helpful to search the exterior of the home to try and find possible entry/exit points.
For more information on strategy and rodent extermination, give us a call anytime to speak to an expert.