January 22, 2020

Montgomery's Exclusive Guide To Rodent Prevention

Are you familiar with the rodents that can get into your Montgomery home? There are three common rodent pests: squirrels, mice, and rats. With these three animal groups, there are a few species to contend with. Each species is slightly different. As an example, the two common rats we deal with in Montgomery are Norway rats and roof rats. Norway rats prefer to live in the burrows they dig in the ground outside. These rats will come and go from your home and this can make them a greater disease threat. Roof rats create above-ground nests. When they get into your home, they will be found living in your attic spaces. Do you see how it can be important to tell the difference between species?

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Norway Rats — These rats go by many names and the names they go by can tell you a lot about them. They're known as brown rats because they are usually brown with a tawny underside. They are called sewer rats and water rats because they like to be in damp locations near sources of water. They're also called common rats. As you can probably guess, it is because these rats are very common. They should also be called digger rats—but they're not. Norway rats look for stacks of objects and then they dig burrows underneath. If you have these rodents in your backyard, you may be able to find holes or find rat droppings around stacks of objects.

Roof Rats — These rats don't have as many names as Norway rats. But the few names they do have can be helpful in understanding them. They're called roof rats because they're great climbers and they prefer to nest in high locations. They're often called black rats because black is the most common color for roof rats. They are called house rats because they get into homes and stay. Roof rats are slightly smaller than Norway rats which makes it so that their babies are sometimes mistaken for mice. You can deter these rats from getting into your home by trimming tree branches away from your roofline and by putting wire mesh in your downspouts to prevent them from climbing up.

Common House Mice — This one's name says it all. House mice love living with humans. Once house mice get in, you will have a hard time getting them out. Keeping them out is difficult. They are impressive climbers capable of jumping as far as 18 inches vertically. They also can compress their bodies to slip through holes the size of a dime.  

Deer Mice — These mice get their name from their coloration which is brown on the top and white on the bottom. They are distantly related to common house mice but they do not have a propensity for getting into Montgomery homes. They will, however, readily invade barns, sheds and outbuildings. If this is the rodent pest you're dealing with, you need to be aware that they are a risk for hantavirus. Wear protective gear and a ventilator when cleaning up deer mice nests.

Grey Squirrels, Fox Squirrels, and Flying Squirrels — Squirrels of all species act mostly the same way when they become a pest problem. They get into attic spaces, leave their droppings and urine everywhere, chew on things, and bring ticks inside with them.

Wildlife Control

Rodents cause serious problems for Montgomery homeowners when they get in. At Bill Clark Pest Control, we offer rodent management and wildlife control services to help you keep pest animals out. If you need assistance identifying what pest you're dealing with or you'd like to schedule service, click the circle at the bottom right of the page and speak with one of our agents. We look forward to helping you.


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