Top 6 Signs of Rodents, Rats, or Mice in your Baxley, Hazlehurst, Jesup, Alma, Reidsville, Glennville, or Blackshear Georgia home

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Every country has rats and mice. Most rats and mice live in woods and fields, but three species live with people: the house mouse, Norway rat and roof rat. All three of these species live in Hazlehurst, Jesup, Alma, Reidsville, Glennville, and Blackshear Georgia. Even in town, rats and mice move in with the best of people.

What Do Rats and Mice Do?

Rats and mice carry diseases, spoil your food, eat your crops, stored grains, birdseed and pet food, and get into your trash. Their droppings and urine soil your house. Rats and mice can carry fleas and ticks. They transmit bacteria and diseases like plague. They are not normally associated with rabies.

Rats and mice are curious. They like open garbage cans, dumpsters, sewers and rubbish heaps. They eat a variety of foods, including grain and seeds, nuts, meat, candy, processed cereal, fruit, pet food and almost anything else they can find. They have poor eyesight but excellent sense of smell, taste, and touch. Rats and mice usually hide during the day and come out at night. If you see one, you can be sure there are many more you haven’t seen. Contact Green Frog pest Solutions in Baxley, Jesup, Alma, Reidsville, Glennville, or Blackshear Georgia and we can help. Rats and mice stay near home. Norway rats may spend their entire lives in an area only 100 to 150 feet in diameter.

What Do Rats and Mice Look Like?

Mice are about 3 inches long, not including the tail. House mice have a naked tail; native mice have a slightly furry tail. Rats are much larger – up to a foot long, not including the tail. Roof rats (Rattus rattus) are also known as black rats or ship rats. They are sleek and graceful; their ears extend past their eyes. Roof rats are good climbers. They weigh between 5 to 10 ounces, and are brown or black. They are often bred for the pet trade and are intelligent animals.

Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) are sometimes called brown rats, house rats, barn rats, sewer rats, gray rats or wharf rats. Generally, they do not climb. Norway rats are large and heavy-bodied and can weigh more than 1 pound. Their ears do not reach past their eyes. Norway rats have course fur; usually brown or reddish gray. Both Norway rats and roof rats have whitish or gray belly.

Signs You Have Rats or Mice

Droppings: Mouse droppings are about the size of rice grains; rat droppings are about the size of raisins.

Tracks: Check for tracks by scattering a small amount of baking flour or talcum powder on the floor along the wall or in likely places like the attic and basement, and behind appliances. Put a cracker or piece of bread with peanut butter in the center of your tracking patch. Check for tracks the next day to determine if you have mice or rats.

Burrows: Check for burrows in weedy places around landscape plants, under boards, under doghouses and near garbage cans or dumpsters.

Gnawings: A little hole with chewed edges is a sure sign of rodent occupancy. Check your pantry for chewed packages, shredded paper and tooth marks.

Sound: Listen for gnawing or scratching in the walls or attics, especially at night.

Nests: Nests made of chewed paper or cloth (Including gloves, carpet, clothes and rags) are often found in boxes, drawers, toolboxes, basements and attics.

Odor: A musty, urine-like odor often indicates mice are present, not rats.

Get Rid of Rats and Mice

Rats and mice breed fast. One pair of breeding mice can potentially lead to millions more in a year, although they do not actually reproduce this quickly in nature. Mice can breed at 30-day intervals, beginning when female mice are only two months old, so you must keep working to get rid of them. Trapping alone is effective, but to really fight these prolific rodents you should also employ one or more of the following methods:

Take Away Their Food: Keep garbage in tightly covered cans. Feed dogs and cats in a dish, take up uneaten food and wash the dish. A squirrel guard will also deter rats and mice feed from feeding from bird feeders.

Destroy Their Homes: Remove any places where they can hide and reproduce. Remove trash, old boards, weeds, brush piles, rock piles, firewood, weeds and other junk from your home, garage and property. Don’t pile wood against the house, and store firewood at least a foot up off the ground.

Close Their Holes and Entranceways: Mice and rats can enter your house through openings as small as a dime. Closing their entry holes is one of the most effective ways to prevent mice and rats from becoming a pest in your home. Keep patio and garage doors closed. Seal the openings under doors. Cover windows with screens. One-quarter-inch mesh hardware wire will keep mice and rats outside. Keep floor drains tightly sealed. Cement or caulk around pipes (gas, water, hose, air conditioning drains) and wires (phone, cable, TV). Cover clothes dryer vents (be careful to allow adequate airflow) and clean them regularly to remove lint build-up that could be a fire hazard. Seal small holes and cracks by stuffing them with steel wool, then caulk over them. After you get rid of rats and mice, close their burrows with rocks and dirt. If a burrow is reopened, then you know you still have rats and mice.

If you have any questions or need amazing pest control service contact Green Frog pest Solutions in Baxley, Jesup, Alma, Reidsville, Glennville, or Blackshear Georgia today!