• Mice

    Due to the mouse’s remarkable adaptability to almost any environment, and its ability to live commensally with humans, the mouse is one of the most successful mammals living on Earth. They can at times be harmful rodents, damaging and eating crops, causing structural damages and spreading diseases through their parasites and feces. In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrements has been linked to Hantavirus. The original motivation for the domestication of cats is thought to have been for their predation of mice and their relatives, the rats. Primarily nocturnal animals, mice compensate for their poor eyesight with a keen sense of hearing, and rely especially on their sense of smell to locate food and avoid predators.

  • Rats

    The Norway rat is the largest of the commensal rodents and the most common in the temperate regions of the world. Similar to mice, rats are a major nuisance due to their gnawing habits. Rats’ front teeth grow incredibly fast. They need to gnaw on things to wear their teeth down and keep them at a more manageable length. These gnawing habits can cause considerable damage. Rats defecate indiscriminately within their territories, but mostly where they feed. This means they consistently eat and contaminate stored food, which is of considerable health importance as they also transmit a number of diseases including the plague and murine typhus. The key to any rat control program is pest identification, sanitation, harborage elimination, and rat proofing the building. Similar to mice, it is important to take care of your rat problem early because they reproduce fast and can quickly become a major infestation.