Rodents, despite their small stature, can truly do some damage to both a home and a person’s health. They will find their way into homes in search of a warm place to stay by the premise of cracks in the foundation, holes in walls, air vent units, and other small ports they can maneuver into.
Although rats and mice look similar, and in most ways act similarly, there are some key differences between a rat versus a mouse infestation.
Mice can fit through holes not much larger than that of a pencil. They are skillful climbers and can maneuver their way into places of your home you would not think anything could fit. They have long front teeth and use them to gnaw their way through insulation, electrical wires, and other soft materials. Mice use their strong jaws as tools to create a path of least resistance to get to a comfortable new home area. Mice can live at ground level but are found more often in attics, walls, and ceilings. The mouse is also different from the rat in that they are very curious and daring- they will venture out of their safe space to find food and commodities to bring back to their new home. This is why mice are caught in traps far more often than rats. Having this trait makes them much more visible than rats and leads to a quicker realization of infestation.
Rats on the other hand, though they are searching for the same warm, dry place to live, go about it in a different way. Since they are quite a bit larger in size, they require a larger opening to get into a home- most often foundation cracks. They are heavier than mice as well and are not good climbers. Rats stay on ground level and are found mostly in basements and crawl spaces. One advantage they do have over mice is the size of their teeth. They are much larger and stronger and can cut through metal, wood, and even cinder block. Despite this, rats do not usually take the time to cut through thick materials just to create an opening into an occupied home, they are much more fearful of humans than mice. If a crack exists though, they take advantage quickly and begin destroying materials within your four walls once in.
Both types of rodents cause wire damage and fire hazards in homes. Rats and mice also carry several diseases, another reason to get treated as soon as possible, especially if children live in the home. These mammals tend to live in groups, which unfortunately means that if you see signs of a rodent (chewed holes, droppings, debris, etc) that there are likely more to count.
Considering how easy it can be for them to get into an opening, it is in your best interest to periodically check for and fix holes in your walls and cracks around the foundation. When you see the first sign of droppings, holes, or pungent odors, contact us immediately to help you eliminate the infestation safely, effectively, and efficiently.