Mouse
 
   
         
Roof Rat
 
House Mouse
 
Norway Rat
 
 

Damage caused by Rodents

Rodents consume and contaminate food. They also gnaw on electrical wires, wooden structures, and tear insulation in walls and ceilings for nesting. Rodents can also transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock. They have been found to transmit typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, and salmonellosis.

 

Detection

The presence of mice and rats is usually detected by the damage they cause to food and structures, by their droppings, and by their nests.

 
 
 
         
Excellent jumpers, rats are capable of jumping vertically 36 inches and horizontally 48inches.

Dropping from a height of 50 feet doesn’t kill or seriously injure rats.

Roof rats are agile climbers and can shimmy the outside of three-inch diameter pipes or any size pipe within three inches of a wall. Rats are capable of climbing the inside of vertical pipes that are 1 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter.

 
   
         
Excellent balance allows roof rats to easily scale brick or other rough walls that offer footholds and to travel along power lines and ropes. Norway rats are good climbers, but they are not as agile as roof rats.
 
Since rats can fit through openings that are as small as 1/2 inch in diameter, it’s very difficult to rat-proof a building.
 
Rats constantly gnaw anything softer than their teeth, including lead sheeting improperly-cured concrete, sun-dried adobe brick, cinder block, wood and aluminium sheeting.
 
   
       
Norway rats can burrow to a depth of four feet. Roof rats burrow very little.
 
Water doesn’t stop Norway rats. They can swim as far as 1/2 mile in open water, dive through water plumbing traps and travel in sewer lines, even against strong water currents. Roof rats are capable swimmers, but only swim if necessary.
 
 
Control of Rodents
 

MAXPRO Pest Control Services eliminates rodents in four important ways:

  • A thorough inspection to identify the species, where they’re nesting, and what factors are attracting them
  • Creating effective sanitation so that rodents are denied both food and hiding places.
  • Eliminating all potential entry points.
  • Reducing the population by applying poison, bait, and traps.
 
 
 
 
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