The Behaviors of Rats & Mice Around Sacramento
You won't be the only one spending more time indoors as winter sets in. Many pests, including rats and mice, will seek indoor shelter when temperatures dip. While it isn't uncommon to find rodents in your residence at any time of the year, the warmth of your home or office creates ideal spot for these little critters to call home for the chilly season and beyond. Using the smallest of gaps in windows, siding, and doors or holes in walls, eaves or roofs, they will squeeze into your home in search of food and shelter. There are numerous varieties of rats and mice, but the most common rodents in Sacramento are the roof rat and house mouse.
- Roof Rat- Ranging from 13 to 18 inches from its nose to the tip of its tail, and often black or brown in color, the common roof rat is known for its ability to adapt to a wide range of environments. Their names comes from them frequenting attic areas of homes and commercial spaces. With an appetite for whatever is available, no food source is safe, especially once they begin to reproduce. A female reaches sexual maturity between two and five months of age and can birth as many as six litters in a year.
- House Mouse - The agile house mouse is known for sneaking into homes through openings as small as quarter inch in diameter. They move around quick, as these rodents that are only three to four inches long, can jump up to a foot high and have no issue leaping 12 feet down without injury. While they tend to prefer grains and other vegetarian options, they will eat any food they can find, and store excess near their burrows. After reaching sexual maturity in just five to eight weeks of age, a female can produce up to eight litters annually, each containing between three and seven babies.
Signs of a Rodent Infestation
Aside from actually catching a glimpse of a rodent, there's a few ways to determine if they are present in your home. A most telling sign of a rodent infestation is droppings. Additionally you may spot oily trails along the bottom of walls or cabinets. These occur because rodents will often stick close to an edge for additional protection, and the grease in the fur is left along their most constantly used trails. Another common sign that you have unwanted house guests is gnawed food packages. Rats and mice will try and eat into just about anything and their teeth make it easy for them to open plastic and paper containers.
Problems Caused by Rodents
If you believe that you have a rodent infestation it is important that you contact a pest control specialist as soon as possible, as these creatures can cause quite a bit of trouble.
- Food Contamination - Rats and mice will eat just about anything they can get their teeth on. This means they'll get in your cupboards and pantry, gnawing at food packages, swimming in cereal boxes and tasting your treats. Quite possibly while using the bathroom at the same time, leaving your food spoiled.
- Structure Damage - The teeth rodents can cause a lot of damage. They may burrow into furniture cushions, chomp through wiring, which could leave you without lights, or worse, start a fire, and gnaw on the wood that holds your home up.
- Pass Disease - While it is unlikely a rat or mouse will sneak up and bite you, their presence alone, particularly in your food, can still result in diseases that include salmonella and leptospirosis.
Preventing a Rodent Infestation
There are numerous steps you can take to help prevent rats and mice from taking up residence in your home.
- Be sure to seal your home, meaning plug any small holes, including those around roof penetrations and plumbing outlets.
- Always be sure to clean up food scraps in and around your home.
- Keep garbage in tight fitting containers, ideally away from the home.
- Remove bird feeders from around your home.
If you believe that you are dealing with a rodent infestation in Sacramento be sure to call a pest control team that can properly identify and rid your home or office of these pests. At Direct Hit Pest Control, we do just that. Our skilled technicians use the latest methods of removal and prevention, helping to keep your property rodent free! To learn more, or to request an estimate for pest control in Sacramento or the surrounding communities call Direct Hit at (916) 992-6870 today.
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Written and Published By MORBiZ