Pest Control Guide - Rodents in Indiana, Kentucky, & Illinois
Rodents can carry serious diseases and they are instinctively wary of traps and bait. They live everywhere outside and could enter at any time, but fortunately, this does not occur often. Usually, most home invasions occur in the fall, because the seeds and plants on which rodents feed outside are gone. The most common include:
- House mice are about 2 ½" to 3 1/2'" in length.
- They are gray with dark eyes.
- They weigh about ½-1 oz.
- They have pointy noses and large ears.
- They create health problems with their numerous fecal droppings and constant urination.
- They often enter structures in fall in search of food.
- They can produce about 6 young per litter and have about 8 litters per year.
- Sanitation is a leading factor in control of mice.
- Remove all food sources for mice.
- Straighten cluttered areas and storage.
- Vacuum droppings to remove pheromones.
- Place sticky traps and snap traps for low populations.
- The use of bait stations may be used in higher populations.
- Exclusion is critical to prevent further entry of mice.
- Norway rats are 7"-9 1/2" in length.
- The are gray to brown in color.
- They have a blunt nose and small ears.
- The tail when pulled over its head does not come to its nose.
- They are common nuisance in larger cities and sewer systems.
- They produce numerous droppings per day and constantly urinate creating a health issue.
- Sanitation is a leading factor in control of Norway Rats.
- Remove all food sources for the rats.
- Vacuum all droppings to remove pheromones.
- Use snap traps to control rat populations.
- The use of bait stations may be needed in heavier populations.
- Exclusion is critical to prevent further rats from entering the structure.
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