Rodents can be a challenging pest for homeowners to control alone. Rodents are remarkable because they observe and remember objects and events, and learn from past experiences. They often transfer disease and bacteria from living in sewers and foraging in garbage. Proactive steps should be taken around the home to help eliminate their presence.
Deer mice measure 2 3/4 to 4 inches long with the upper body in a darker brown with a white stomach and feet. They tend to be less of a problem in residential neighborhoods but, can be more of a problem in rural homes.
House mice have bodies that measure 3 to 4 inches with a tail measuring 3 to 4 inches and are gray in color. They are the most common rodent and have close association with humans.
House mice are great climbers, can jump 12 inches high, 8 feet down, and can fit into a hole as small as 1/4 of an inch.
Norway rats measures 7 to 10 inches with a tail adding 6 to 8 inches long. Their fur is coarse, shaggy, and brown with some black hairs.
Norway rats prefer to nest in lower levels like crawlspaces or basements, and can fit into a hole as small as 1/2 inch.
Roof rats measured from the nose to the tail can be 13 to 18 inches long. Their tail is longer than the body and they have large ears.
Roof rats vary in color from brown to black, with a belly that is white or gray. They are often found in attics and can fit into holes as small as a quarter.