Mice and Rats (Rodent)

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The Basics

Even though the Rat out sizes the mouse the ears, heads and eyes of the mouse are larger. Rats tend to live longer than the mouse. Having mice or rats in a homestead does not always point to the fact the home is not clean or sanitary. Homeowners who reside in the country may complain that they have more of a problem is mice or rat infestations. Farmers primarily, complain of rodent problems on a regular basis. These rodents embrace warm surroundings, thus when the weather becomes cold outside these rodents take up residence in the home. While a mouse embraces the warm inside of the home, the rat would rather burrow underground on in a pile of rubbish or dead leaves. These rodents fed off from garbage, in cupboards, basements where food stores, leftover food dishes lying around the house, livestock feed, bird foods, inside pet dishes, and more. Rodents tend to scavenge during the nighttime hours. Consequently, there is a lot the homeowner can do to keep these rodents at bay. The droppings from a rat are much larger than that of the typical mouse. Mice are easier to catch than its counterpart the Rat.

Damage caused by Mice and Rats

Aside from the holes gnawed into lower walls, and floors mice and rats do little damage to the structure of the home. However, rodents can make the occupants the home, become sick by spreading disease and illness. There may be a risk for fire hazard due to the rodent gnawing through electrical wires and electrical cords as sometimes happens. Rodents are also prone to chewing through clothing and mice like to make their nest in warm spots such as the sleeve of a coat or the toes of the boots. It is unnerving when the homeowner slips on their boots or coat and disturbs a sleeping mouse. These rodents can also bite, causing disease and infection.

Eco-Friendly Elimination of Rodents

cute ratsSome people swear that these eco-friendly methods work while well, others feel just the opposite. There are ultrasonic devices that plug into an electrical wall socket. The homeowner can set a live trap with food sources inside. When the animal enters the door shuts on them. The owner then sets the rodent loose in a far, away location. However, there will be many others to replace those caught. Some feel that using poison or a trap that instantly kills the rodent is far more humane than to set these rodents free in new locations.