Roof Rat Or House Mouse: Which Has Infested Your Richardson Home?


January 16, 2020

Have you been hearing footsteps late at night? Not like those of a human, but much quieter, like pitter-pattering coming from inside your walls? Don’t worry, your home isn’t haunted, you probably have rodents. The question is, what kind of rodents? Here in Richardson, there are many species of rodents that get into homes. It could be a house mouse, or possibly a roof rat. They both look very similar. Want to find out which one is sharing your home with you? We can help.

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Common Rodents in Richardson

There are many different kinds of rats and mice here in Richardson. Today we will be focusing on just two, roof rats, otherwise known as house rats, ship rats, or black rats, and house mice. Why focus on just these two? Because of how similar they look. Here are some ways you can tell them apart.

Look At Their Bodies

Roof rats are about twice the size of house mice. Not including their tails, roof rats are 6-8” in length compared to house mice that can only grow to be around 3” long. Mice bodies are also rounder and more compact.

Examine Their Tails

Both roof rats and house mice have long tails, the only difference is in what their tails consist of. Roof rats’ tails are scaley and smooth while house mice tails are scaley with fur.

How Big Are Their Droppings?

Both roof rats and house mice leave their excrement throughout homes. The size of these droppings can help you identify which rodent threat you are up against. Rat droppings are 1/2” to 3/4” in size compared to mouse droppings that are about ⅛” about the size of a grain of rice.

How Rodents Get Into Homes

 When it comes to home invasion, rodents are the best. If your home’s exterior has a hole any bigger than the size of a dime, a rodent has a way in. Even if they cannot find an opening big enough, they can utilize their sharp teeth to chew their way inside. All they need is a reason to want to be in your home. Most often this reason comes in the form of warm air coming out from a gap or crack on a cold winter day, or the smell of food leaking out near your kitchen.

To make things worse, roof rats and mice are great climbers. If the base of your home doesn’t provide them easy access, they can simply find higher ground, often using nearby tree branches. Once high up, they can check your soffits, roofline, and chimney for openings into your home.

  • The Dangers Of Rodents

Despite their furry cute appearance, rodents are actually dangerous creatures, not for their bites, but for the variety of diseases, parasites, and pathogens they are known to carry. Rodents can also carry fleas and ticks into your home. Do you have indoor pets? They could be at risk of being hosts for these dangerous pests if rodents are around. This could lead to an infestation in your home, which brings its own risks of disease.

  • How To Get Rodents Out Of Your Home

Before you try and deal with rodents on your own, keep in mind that the more you handle rodents and the mess they leave behind, the more likely you are to get sick. We don’t want this for you. Instead, reach out to the professionals here at Bug Head Pest Control. We have the safety equipment and training needed to properly get rodents out of your Richardson home.

  • How To Keep Rodents Out

At this point, you are probably wondering how you can keep rodents out of your home if they haven't gotten in yet. Here are some things we suggest:

  • Seal up the exterior of your home. Use a caulking gun for holes in your foundation, and have any other notable damage that could allow rodents a way in repaired.

  • Make sure your screens are rip and tear-free.

  • Trim branches and greenery away from the walls of your home.

  • Invest in trash cans with tight-fitting lids.

  • Clean inside regularly.

  • Store easily accessible foods such as cereal, leftovers, etc in airtight plastic or metal containers.

Talk to the professionals here at Bug Head Pest Control about rodent control and ask how we can assist you in keeping your home rodent-free. We would be happy to set treatments in place to keep your home rodent-free, year-round.

It is comforting to have a rodent-free home. Reach out to Bug Head Pest Control today.

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