Rodents are resourceful little creatures that can be a pain in our necks. In studies, they have shown to be able to work together towards a common goal. Though they don’t eat the wood they are known to at times chew on it. They are quite similar to a teething baby – they are just happy chewing on something nearby. In most cases this behavior is benign, but when they get to wiring, this can be another story. As seasons change, small adjustments in the foundation open up cracks and crevices that rodents can use as entry points. Massachusetts rodent control needs to adjust with the season and be ready to intercept changes as they develop.
What Do Rodents Like to Eat
Typically you will find that rodents will eat grains, seeds, and fruits. Rodents however are omnivores and can eat meats as well. This can be your lobster roll you were saving for later or a delicious insect crawling through your yard. More commonly, they are attracted to foods with lots of carbohydrates and fats. When selecting baits for Massachusetts rodent control, consider utilizing foods that they are accustomed to eating.
3 Called About Rodents in Massachusetts
Deer Mouse/ White Footed Mouse
These mice come in a range of colors from brown to gray however, they typically have a white underside. You are less likely to see these mice in your home, however, that doesn’t mean that they cannot invade especially in the winter season. They are typically associated with being a host for Lyme disease. They are also the infamous carriers of the hantavirus. Because of the possibility of contamination, it is important to make sanitation a key ingredient in Massachusetts rodent control.
House mice grow to be 3 to 4 inches long with roughly a 2-inch long tail. They are typically brown in color however there can be color variation. The house mouse has larger ears than its cousin the deer mouse, but can be difficult to distinguish. This gets even more challenging when it has been mangled in a trap or is just seen as it scurries under grandpa’s rocking chair.
They can be found in fields and forested areas, however they typically nest in structures as it is the perfect place to breed. Most homes in Massachusetts don’t include their common predators such as snakes and hawks floating around the interior.
House Mice are excellent breeders and have anywhere from 5 to 10 litters a year. In situations where they are protected from predators and the external elements, they can really push the upper limits consistently. This gets amplified if they are given plenty of food for energy.
The Norway Rat is much larger than the mice mentioned earlier, but don’t get overconfident in your mastery of rodent identification. Young Norway rats can be quite difficult to distinguish from house mice. From head to tail, Norway rats can grow to 11 inches long! They are typically brown, gray, or some combination of both. This rat is considered one of the most successful mammals (behind humans of course). Typically these unwelcome invaders live anywhere where humans do.
Ready for Rodent Ridding
Whether you saw something scurry, found a dropping, or were simply watching Tom & Jerry and decided no Jerry’s are welcome in your home or business in the future, the time to set up control measures is….now. Rodent control is as complex as it is simple. It is often a game of inches where small adjustments make all the difference in the world. Nonetheless, the tools for effective Massachusetts rodent control include:
- Regular inspections (don’t forget to get down on their level & find their perspective)
- Reduce food access
- Reduce access to nesting sites and supplies
- Follow up – Although they will not be performing stand-up comic acts about “The things I hate about cats” anytime soon, they do have individual personalities. Some are more cautious than others and can lead people into a false sense of security. Many rodent situations simply had vigilance and control measures cut off before the stealthy ones were taken care of.
Help Is on the Way!
Well, it is available anyway. The rodent experts at Rove Pest Control are ready to deliver the expertise needed along the way in your Massachusetts rodent control endeavors. If you don’t feel like tackling the first (or next) step, just turn the project over to our mouse and rat gurus and rest easy!