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FAQs About Rodents

Although some people keep rodents as pets and love them as part of the family, the same is not true for those that enter your home from the wild. Rats and mice that come from the outdoors carry many diseases they can transmit to humans, and they destroy property, too. It is important to understand the habits of rodents, as well as where they live, so you can eliminate an infestation as soon as possible. Below, we have rounded up the most frequently asked questions our pest control experts hear about rodents, and the answers to them.

Are Rodents Cause for Concern?

Rodents are very concerning once they make their way into your home. They enter homes looking for food, shelter, and water. As they search for these basic needs, they will contaminate everything they touch and walk across.

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Where Do Rodents Live?

Nearly every country in the world has a rodent population, with the exception of Antarctica, New Zealand, and some other islands in the ocean.

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What Can I Do to Prevent Rodent Infestations?

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is certainly true when it comes to rodent infestations.

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What is a Rodent’s Lifecycle?

The lifecycle of a rodent will depend on the species. House mice become sexually mature in as little as five weeks and a female mouse will reproduce up to eight times during their life, with approximately four to seven pups in every litter.

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How Quickly Do Rodents Reproduce?

One of the biggest problems with having rodents in the home is that they reproduce at alarming rates. On average, the litter size of a house mouse is six to eight pups, which means one mouse can have at least 32 to 56 pups every year.

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What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like?

It is not always easy to identify mouse droppings. Mouse droppings are usually about an eighth of an inch to a quarter of an inch in length. They resemble grains of rice, as they are tapered at the ends.

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What is the Difference Between Rats and Mice?

The biggest difference between rats and mice is their size. Mice are fairly small, weighing only between 12 and 45 grams.

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What are the First Signs of Mice in the House?

There are some common signs of mice in the home and the ones you see first will depend on where the mice are in the home, and the activity of both the humans and the rodents in the space.

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Can I Get Sick from Mice in My House?

There are several ways mice can make you sick once they have made their way inside your home.

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What is the Most Common Rodent?

The most common rodent found in homes across the United States is the house mouse.

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How Do Rodents Affect the Environment?

While no one wants to deal with rodents in their home, they do play an important role in the environment.

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Can Mice Harm My Family?

Mice are not only unpleasant, but they also pose great risk to the people within a home. The biggest threat they pose are the different diseases they carry.

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What is the Best Bait for Mice or Rats?

Contrary to what is often seen in cartoons, cheese is not the best bait for catching mice and rats. Rodents are mainly seed eaters, and mice in particular prefer food that is sweet and sugary.

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What is the Best Bait to Put in Mouse Traps?

Mice are primarily nut and seed eaters, so the best bait will contain these foods. Peanut butter and other nut butters, such as almond butter, work especially well.

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How are Mice Getting Into My House?

Mice will enter a home using any crack or hole they can find. Usually these are found in floors, walls, and foundations. Mice will also use gaps and cracks in ceilings and windows, and sewage lines.

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How Long Do Mice Live?

Mice do not have a very long life span, but they can cause a great deal of trouble during their short life. House mice only live for 9 to 12 months, while deer mice can live anywhere between 2 and 14 months.

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Where Should I Put Mouse Traps?

Mice are very cautious and they move from place to place by staying close to fences, walls, bushes, and other areas where they can take cover.

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If I have a House Cat, Will Mice Stay Away?

Cats generally do a very good job at catching mice and keeping them away from the main living areas within a home. However, having a cat is not a guarantee that you will not have to deal with an infestation.

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Do Mice Tend to Be in the Basement?

Like other pests, mice will seek out warm, dark places that have plenty of access to water and food.

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Do Mice Scratch at the Walls?

Hearing scratching inside the walls of your home is likely a sign that you have a mouse problem.

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Can You Smell if You have Rodents in the House?

While it is not something many people think about, it is possible to determine if you have a mouse problem by simply paying attention to the smells around the home.

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Why is There an Awful Smell in My House After Rodent Control?

Rodent control is very important, particularly if you have been battling an infestation.

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Problem with Rodents? Call Our Pest Control Experts Today

If you have a rodent problem, do not try to deal with it on your own. At Pointe Pest Control, our pest control specialists have the necessary tools to eliminate the problem quickly and effectively so you can enjoy your space once again. Call us today at (866) 633-1573 or contact us online to request a quote and to learn more about the treatments we offer.

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