There are a number of household rodent control methods that people use to repel unwanted critters from their homes. Peppermint oil, mothballs, and loud noises are some of the most common remedies, but in reality, the only way to deal with these pests are by calling a general household pest control service.
In South Florida, there are three common species that invade homes. While they can be hard to distinguish from a quick glance, identifying them beforehand can help your neighborhood pest control solutions service take care of the problem.
House mice are the most common of all residential rodents. Contrary to their name, they do not actually originate in houses. House mice are native to yards and bushes but prefer to make themselves at home walls, basements, and attics.
You may never see a mouse, but the signs are clear. Droppings, most likely in the kitchen, as well as teeth marks in bags and clothing, can be dead giveaways that a mouse is living in your home. Be sure to check cabinets and drawers for evidence, because house mice are sneaky.
Whether you know it or not, you more than likely have at least a mild mouse problem in your home. In fact, 82% of homes in the U.S. have some amount of mouse allergens inside.
The most common type of rat found in South Florida homes, these little varmints don’t limit themselves to roofs. Also commonly known as black rats, they aren’t always black either.
It’s likely that you’ll notice one when you see it, though. Roof rats can grow well over a foot long in length, tail included. One female can also produce up to 20 offspring in a single year.
Norway rats, another misnomer, are also known as brown rats, street rats, and sewer rats. They are more common outside but may be tempted to come into your home if food is scarce. Norway rats prefer to burrow into foundations, and will most likely be found in basements or other dark spaces.
They are some of the most aggressive rats, and can have bodies up to 10 inches long. They are most likely to drive other rats and rodents out of your home or building, but are hard to get rid of on their own.