Rats & Mice Control Los Angeles
Rats and mice are among the most common types of unwanted wildlife you’re likely to encounter on your property. Now, many people harbor this irrational terror of rats and mice, and while such fear is largely unfounded, you still don’t want to find rodents living in your home. So we’re here to help.
Rats & Mice Description and Biology
Many people have a tendency to mix up rats and mice, and for a good reason. These two rodents are alarmingly similar, but there are a few tell-tale signs that can help you distinguish between them. And that’s what we’ll be focusing on here.
Both of them are small rodents, distinguished by their small, furry bodies and their long tails. When it comes to sneaking into your home, it’s most likely you’ll either encounter a brown rat or a black rat. The mice that are keeping you up at night are known, quite simply, as house mice.
While the two have similar coloring in their fur, one notable difference between the two rodents is that mice tend to have a lighter underbelly.
And then, of course, we have the biggest and most obvious difference of all – rats can be distinguished from mice by their size. For the sake of brevity, we’ll focus on the common brown rat, in comparison to the house mouse. The brown rat grows to an average size of 6 – 11 inches (15 – 30 cm), not counting the tail, which in its own right measures between 4 to 9 inches (or 10 – 25 cm).
On the other hand, the common house mouse only has a body measuring around 3 – 4 inches (7 to 10 cm), and a tail between 2 and 4 inches (5 to 10 cm). So whereas the average brown rat can easily measure up to 20 inches (roughly 60 cm), the common house mouse will only go up to 8 – 9 inches (roughly 20 cm). Naturally, the rat is also much heavier than the house mouse.
Both rats and mice are nocturnal or sometimes, crepuscular creatures, largely because it’s safer for them to scuttle about. Rats are known for their highly developed sense of communication, through distinctive chirping and vocalization.
Interestingly enough, mice will usually do what they can to avoid the much larger rats, since these will often end up killing them. Both mice and rats can be highly sociable and coexist in groups. Studies have also shown that these rodents show a well-developed sense of kinship and protectiveness towards their families.
Both rats and mice are omnivores, which can explain their keen sense of adaptability. While both species have their own particular preferences in terms of sustenance, they will eat largely anything. Mice will even consume their own feces, to consume a certain type of nutrient produced by the bacteria inside their own gut.
Since both types of rodents are omnivores, it has been easy for them to adapt and thrive alongside human society. It also explains why so many rats and mice now live in urban areas, since these offer readily available and plentiful sources of nurture.
Rats and mice are similar in this department as well. Under ideal conditions, both rats and mice can reproduce all year round, with a healthy female rat able to birth around 5 litters a year, and a healthy female mouse up to 10 litters. Both species gestate for a very brief period of around 21 days. Mouse and rat litters can go up to 14 young at once, though it’s much more common for them to birth around 6 to 8 young at a time.
Both rats and mice reach maturity at a very fast pace, with females in both species being able to reproduce in their own right after only 5 weeks. This accounts for the incredibly large rodent populations worldwide.
Rat and Mouse Removal
If you find a rat or mouse inside your home, you’ll be tempted to try and remove it by yourself. Sometimes, you can do this, but more often, you end up hurting yourself, someone else, or even the rodent. And why should you do that?
At Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution, we focus on humane rat and mouse removal. We use live trapping to securely capture the pesky rodent, and remove them from your property as swiftly as possible. This means we’ll take them away and relocate them somewhere where they can’t bother anyone or return to your home.
After the removal itself, Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution will also clean and repair the damage caused by the rodent on your property. We will also advise you on future prevention, and identify the common points of attraction for the rodent, as well as other wildlife. That way, we make sure we’re not just coming back next week.
Remember – while traditional spring traps and poisons may sound appealing at first, they’re usually more trouble than they’re worth. So we highly recommend that you opt for a humane removal alternative, instead.
Rat and Mouse Damage
Both rats and mice are very serious about their chewing. They will chew and gnaw through practically anything – wires, insulation, wooden structures, etc., causing some serious damage to your property. They will also build their nests in and around electrical installations, putting you and your family at risk of fire or explosion.
Another issue with rodents is, of course, their feces, which carries disease pathogens that can be inhaled by you or your pets, and have potentially life-threatening consequences. Feces can also, in time, destroy furniture and fabric. This is why you’ll want to opt for the speedy removal of the rodent in question!
How To Keep Rats and Mice Away
Rodents are one of the many things that modern property owners have had to get used to. As our cities have expanded, rodents have had to adapt and learn how to live in urban areas, often seeking their food and shelter inside our very own homes.
Now, of course, you probably aren’t too thrilled by the thought of having a bunch of mice on your property, and will probably want to do what you can to keep them away. And below, we’ll show you how.
Inspect for cracks, holes, and gaps.
The first and most important line of defense lies in your walls, foundation, roof, and so on. You don’t have to worry about rats or mice if they’ve got no way to get into your home. This is why experts recommend regularly inspecting your home structure for even the tiniest holes or cracks. What can seem barely visible to you can be the ideal doorway for a mouse to squeeze through. Here is a great resource at wildlifeanimalcontrol.com to learn more about how to inspect your home for rodent entry holes.
So inspect your home often, and seal cracks and gaps swiftly, using material that’s difficult to chew or claw through, such as hardwire mesh to fill the hole.
Next, consider the areas of the home that rodents are most likely to frequent. Naturally, like any other pest, they will flock to the rooms that are least inhabited, such as the attic, basement, or garage. Since these rooms are traditionally used for storage, they usually offer a lot more space for rodents to hide. So it’s your job as a concerned homeowner to remove as much of the clutter as possible.
The clearer a room is, the less appealing it will be for a mouse or rat.
And when you’re done with your indoor area, you also want to clean up your yard. Piles of logs, tall grass, twigs, and the like can also constitute ideal grounds for a nest, and that may well be what’s attracting rodents.
Be careful where you leave your food… and how.
After all, the number one reason why rodents are visiting your property in the first place is that they’re looking for nourishment. Now, the tricky bit is, it doesn’t take a lot of food to catch the attention of a tiny mouse. A few crumbs you easily overlook can mean a meal, and so a reason to visit your home. So another important tip for keeping rodents away would be to clean the home regularly and beware of how you store your food. Always use containers that are tightly sealed and difficult to open.
Also, try not to leave out pet food, fruit, and other edibles, because rodents aren’t picky.
Opt for a natural predator.
The old cat and mouse game has gained its fame for a reason. It’s no secret that cats and rodents aren’t the best of friends, so often, having a cat as a pet can be enough of a deterrent for rodents. Alternatively, if owning a cat isn’t for you, you can purchase cat pee and litter boxes from specialty stores, and keep them around to create the illusion of owning a pet.
Contact a professional.
It’s never a bad idea to be in contact with a qualified wildlife removal professional, such as Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution. Not only will they be there in case of a rodent emergency, but they will also be able to inspect your property and figure out what you’re doing to attract rodents.
Always opt for humane wildlife removal, as there’s no need for cruelty or inhumanity. These creatures are, after all, just looking to survive – like us.