MICE AND RATS
House Mouse / Field Mice Mice can be destructive to your health and property and you may not even notice it. Believe it or not there’s a perfectly good reason for that. All mice have very poor vision, so to dodge predators they’ve become more active at night than during the day. Due to their poor eye sight, mice travel along walls and use scents to communicate food, travel and gender to their fellow mouse. They’re likely to set up shop inside the insulation in your basement or attic by making a nest out of various fragments of debris, thus destroying your insulation. They can cause fires by gnawing on electrical wiring. Like perhaps all mammals, mice are lazy. They do not travel far from nest to food. Food, of course, is an endless platter for them. They’ll eat just about anything from paper to insects to garbage and everything in-between. Due to the shy nature of the house mouse, their presence may go unnoticed for quite some time before they start popping up in places like your kitchen and bathrooms. Because of this, and the scent trails mice rely on, you should act quickly to eliminate the population. A female mouse will produce 8 litters a year, with each litter delivering 4-7 pups. In just two months, a pup will have matured into an adult and the process will start all over again. Thus, it is important to address any mouse issues as soon as possible.
Our objective at Premier Pest Control is to not just minimize your mouse guests, but to eliminate them. We don’t want them coming back anymore than you do. To do that we utilize many different trapping techniques and exclusion methods to not only catch and remove the mice but to prevent them from getting back inside in the first place. Mice can get into a hole the size of a nickel, so it takes a professionals eye and attention to detail to find and seal each hole to truly solve the problem.
Rats – (Norway Rats) There are two types of rats that can be found in Massachusetts. One is the Black Rat – it is skinnier, smaller and, as its name implies, black. It is mainly found by the ports in Eastern Mass. Here in Western Mass, we frequently encounter the Norway rat. Norway rats are either brown or gray and much stockier. The Norway rat is typically twice as big as the black rat and many times larger than a mouse. They can live anywhere people live and are found on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. Rat’s generally burrow into the ground and nest underground. Each nest will have one main entrance and at least one “bolt hole” or emergency exit. While a mouse typically will only travel up to 50 feet in search of food, rats will travel up to 300 feet. They can squeeze in a hole the size of a quarter. To make matters worse, they have extremely strong teeth and have been known to chew through cinder block. Because of this, only certain materials should be used to seal rats out of a property. Rats are fast breeders, too. A female rat matures in 5 weeks. They can produce up to 4 litters per year with each litter having up to 14 pups. They’re social animals that live together in a hierarchy structure. Rats are difficult to deal with, hard to get rid of and hard to prevent. They also pose health threats and their close proximity to people can be dangerous. They say in New York that you’re never more than 6 feet away from a rat – but you don’t have to let it get that bad. Just call a professional, we’re here to help.
Rodents are always burrowing in our yards. They’re getting in our pantries and cupboards. They chewing on our, destroy our insulation and leave us droppings, urine and disgusting grease marks. They even create nests with our own items.
If your afraid of your basement, sick of sanitizing your counters, grossed out by your insulation and just tired of your rodent problem altogether just Give us a call – we can help. We can remove the mice, seal the entry points and even disinfect & deodorize.