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Rodents in Jupiter

January 26, 2017


The mention of the word rodent puts pictures of big, ugly rats and little white mice with beady red eyes into people’s brains. They’re like that crazy uncle you have that, no matter how hard you try, still finds a way into your home for Thanksgiving dinner. While the term rodent actually covers over 2,000 different species, we are only going to talk about rats and mice since they are the most common home invaders of the rodent family. Rats and rodents can do a lot of harm to your house and your health. Left unchecked, they will breed quickly and abundantly. In no time at all you will have a serious infestation.

Both rats and mice will invade a home for a number of reasons. The first reason is safety. Mice are very easy targets for bigger animals in the wild. Being very small and not that fast, sets them up to be an easy meal for a snake, alligator, or bird. While rats are slightly bigger than mice, they are still in the same boat. They cannot effectively fend off bigger creatures. Their natural defense is to bury underground and hide from bigger animals. They are essentially doing the same thing in your home. Just like you feel safe in your home, so do rats and mice.

The next reason is food. A house is full of food everywhere, even if you can’t see it. Mice and rats are both omnivores, which means they eat plants and meat. This allows your house to be a prime target for a few reasons. One, the kitchen is full of food that both rodents would love to get their little hands on. If you ever eat food outside of the kitchen, such as the living room or bedroom, then there’s a pretty good chance that there are crumbs there and that’s good enough for rats and mice. Second, there’s a good chance that there are some kinds of bugs living in your house. Rats and mice eat bugs as well so they will help you that way, but overall they’re not good.

The last reason they want to invade your home is to escape the cold of Winter. When the weather gets cooler, the rats and mice look for some place cozy and warm to stay a.k.a. your house.  Rodent season begins in October runs to the end of March. Rats just want a warm place to spend the Winter and your house will do the trick. Even in Florida where it doesn’t get that cold, mice and rats will come looking for warmth.

When you think you might have a rodent problem, give the professionals at Nozzle Nolen a call. They’re highly skilled and professionally trained to deal with all of your rodent problems. They offer several highly effective options based on your situation. They not only take care of the rodents but also clean up the mess left behind with removal and sterilization of feces and replacement of contaminated insulation.

If you have any questions about termites or if you are interested in our pest control services, call one of our Nozzle Nolen representatives.

References

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Mouse_vs_Rat

http://www.ratbehavior.org/RatsMice.htm

 




 

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