When it comes to pests that no one wants to see in and around their home, rodents are at the top of the list. They are not like a bug or insect because they are much larger than the standard pest and can cause a lot of damage as well as spread disease and bacteria. They are scary to come across and if you happen to see one there are sure to be many more that you just cannot see. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are many types of rodents that can be found around and even in homes, especially seeking refuge during the cold winter months. Stewart Termite & Pest Control has a list of rodents that you might see around your home in and how to prevent them.
House Mice & Deer Mice
There are several species of mice that you can find all over the United States and two species of mice that commonly invade Greater Pittsburgh, PA residences and commercial spaces; the Common House Mouse and the Deer Mouse. Mice are all the same in the way that they carry around disease and bacteria and are very destructive if they end up in your house. Mice have a tendency to chew through wires, get into food and walk across surfaces that are used to prepare and serve your meals. As mentioned above, one of the most common mice that you might find around your home is a house mouse. They are a small species reaching about 3 inches in length. They come in a variety of colors from brown, tan, grey and black. They have a skinny pointed nose and small beady eyes that set them apart from other rodents. They also have small rounded ears with a very small amount of fur on them. Mice are known to spread disease and bacteria simply by walking around in countertops and surfaces around their home. They can be destructive so preventing them is a great plan but the best way is to hire a professional pest control company to come out and treat your home for any rodents and other pests.
Rats are much larger than a mouse and can be a frightening pest to come across. Norway rats can reach up to 18 inches with the tail and are known to be destructive and not as scared to live around people. They also carry disease and bacteria and can reproduce fast leaving your home full of rats if you don’t act quickly. In addition to spreading diseases, the Norway rat is capable of consuming large quantities of food and contaminating all other foods they come in contact with. They are also destructive to homes and commercial buildings as they constantly chew and burrow. Not only will they gnaw holes in drywall and wooden structural components, but they also disturb insulation and create fire risks from chewing electrical wiring. They tend to live most often in basements and attic spaces away from the main living space and they have plenty of materials to build a nest.