Mice and Rats
When mice live in or around structures, they almost always cause some degree of economic damage
In homes and commercial buildings, they may feed on various stored food items or pet foods. They contaminate food with their urine, droppings and hair. A single mouse eats only about 3 grams of food per day but destroys considerably more food than it consumes because of its habit of nibbling on many foods and discarding partially eaten items.
Rats are destructive to humans and property. They carry over 30 diseases that are dangerous to humans. Rats are nocturnal, making daytime sightings unlikely, unless nests have been disturbed.
Signs to look for:
- Droppings that look like peppercorns or small pellets
- Chewed paper and material, packages of food gnawed open
- Excitement of cats or dogs in a certain area of a floor or wall
- Squeaking or “Skittering” sounds within walls and in the attic
Not only do they devour, destroy or ruin food, clothing furniture,carpeting bedding and other household goods, they gnaw on plumbing pipes and electrical wires causing leaks and creating a fire hazard.