Rodents are small mammals characterized by having two incisors
which must be kept short by gnawing as they grow continuously. In
Houston, the most common rodents homeowners come up against are
mice and rats. Rodents have a long history of spreading diseases,
damaging property, playing host to parasites, and generally causing
all manner of problems when they are allowed into human structures.
Rodents can damage your home, destroy your personal items, and put
your family at risk of disease and infection. Read on to find out more
about rodents, the problems they cause, and why preventing them from
getting into your home or business is essential.
The deer mouse are small rodents measuring about 5 to 8 inches in
length. They have brown fur on their backs with white feet and
underbelly. The name “deer mouse” comes from this color patterns,
making them resemble a white tailed deer. Deer mice move about on the
forest floor beneath the concealing cover of the leaf litter, and they
nest in well hidden burrows, rock crevices, brush piles, and tree holes.
Their coloration gives them natural camouflage in these locations.
Deer mice often nest in sheltered outdoor areas such as old fence
posts, hollow tree logs or piles of debris. During the winter months,
deer mice may invade homes, garages, sheds or rarely used vehicles to
seek shelter. Inside, attics and basements make the ideal deer mouse
habitat. The deer mouse also builds its nest in storage boxes, stuffed
furniture, drawers and wall voids.
House mice are a small species of rodent that are among the most
recognizable rodent species in the country. The house mouse grows to
between 5 ½ and 7 inches in length with large, rounded ears and scaly
tails. Their fur ranges in color from grayish-brown to almost black,
with lighter colored undersides, usually tan or off-white. Their other
distinguishing features are their small pointed noses and their
continuously growing front incisors that they must constantly wear
down by gnawing.
Mice are typically attracted to properties that offer them easy
access to food, water, and shelter. Bird feeders, unsecured garbage
cans, woodpiles, gardens, and compost piles can all attract mice to
your property. While mice can enter homes, garages, sheds, and other
buildings any time of the year, they are especially problematic in the
late fall when they are trying to secure a place to overwinter. Mice
can enter buildings by squeezing their bodies through very small
spaces; once inside, they are typically found hiding in places that
are close to food sources including behind walls, in crawl spaces,
behind large appliances, in attics, and in the back corners of
The white footed mouse grows to about six inches in length and is
distinguishable by its dark brown upper body coloration with white,
White-footed mice are omnivorous, and eat seeds and insects. They
are timid and generally avoid humans, but they occasionally take up
residence in ground-floor walls of homes and apartments, where they
build nests and store food. Even though these mice are usually found
outside, they may enter human structures during colder months in
search of food and water. They typically enter campers, storage sheds,
garages, and residential homes.
Field mice, also known as meadow voles, are stout rodents ranging
between six and seven inches in length with coarse brown fur and light
gray or white undersides. They have short, furred tails that reach
twice as long as their hind feet.
Field mice are commonly seen near wooded areas with thick brush.
While field mice don’t typically enter homes and workplaces, they can
wander into buildings through cracks in foundations or loose doors
and windows. Homeowners may also unknowingly carry them inside in
bundles of firewood. More often, the pests harm the lawns and gardens
of private residences, commercial farms, and other businesses. Their
small size helps them hide in tall grass, squeeze through gaps in
fences, and get into orchards.
The adult Norway rat grows to between 7 and 9 ½ inches in length
with a strong, stocky body built for swimming. Norway rats have a
rounded blunt nose, protruding small black eyes, small ears, and a
bi-colored tail (darker on top, lighter on the bottom). Their fur is
brown and is speckled with black hairs; the fur on their underbelly
is lighter in color-usually gray or white.
Because of their heavy bodies, they aren’t great climbers, so
instead of climbing into the attic they typically invade basements
and the first floors of homes.
Roof rats are dark brown or black in color and reach about 6-8
inches in length. The body of the roof rat has a long, thin, delicate
build and grows to between 6-8 inches in length. Their long scaly tail
adds another 6-8 inches to their total body length. Roof rats have a
pointed nose, large ears and large eyes.
Unlike their Norway rat cousins, roof rats are built for climbing,
and are often found climbing trees in order to access buildings
through the roof.
Black rats are small relative to most rats, about 5-7 inches long.
Despite its name, the black rat can actually come in several colors,
though naturally is usually black on the back with a lighter underside.
The black rat also has a scraggly coat, and is slightly smaller than
the brown Norway rat. Black rats are generalist omnivores. They are
serious pests to farmers as they eat a wide range of agricultural
Rodents are among the worst pests in the world, considered to be
dangerous to both people and property. Rodents can cause a lot of
damage to the structure of a home and to personal belongings because
of their constant need to chew. They can spread many serious diseases
including lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), salmonellosis, dysentery,
and leptospirosis; and they can introduce parasites like fleas, mites,
and ticks into your home.
If that wasn’t enough, while foraging for food and water sources in
your home, they will cause food in kitchen and pantry areas and food
prep areas to become contaminated with their urine, feces, and saliva.
They can even bring parasites like fleas and ticks inside with them as
Rats and mice have long been documented as carriers of serious
Rodents are also known to chew through wires and rip up insulation,
creating a potential fire hazard. They’ll destroy any items they find
in attics or garages, while their fecal dropping and rub marks will
further ruin your home and property. Mice and rats will both chew
holes through the walls and invade cabinets in search of food. In fact,
rats have been known to chew through wire mesh, cinder blocks,
aluminum, concrete, and brick.
Simply put, no one wants rodents in their home.
Rodents are attracted to properties, homes, and other buildings
that offer them easy access to warm shelter, water, and food. Compost
piles, open trash cans, gardens, and pet food can all initially
attract rats to a property. Rodents typically become more of a problem
for property owners in the late fall when they are actively searching
for a place to overwinter in.
With all the problems and dangers rodents bring, it’s essential
that you take measures to prevent them if you hope to keep your home
safe and secure. Here are some tips you can try:
With so much at stake, it’s also important to recognize the
common warning signs rodent infestations leave behind so you can act
immediately when one arises. Here are some telltale warning signs to
watch out for:
Eliminating rodents from your home can be extremely difficult.
Because they are so effective at getting into and out of even the
smallest holes, they can reach almost anywhere in your home. Due to
their cautious nature, they often won’t go for DIY traps, or only will
after several days’ time, during which the infestation has been
steadily growing right under your nose. A mousetrap may stop one
rodent or two, but they'll keep coming back unless you take
preventative action. Worse, if you fail to eliminate the whole
infestation in your home, you can rest assured that it will spring up
again – it’s only a matter of time.
With all the dangers they bring and the problems they cause, you
can’t afford to leave your home at the mercy of rodents. Completely
eliminating rodents from your property requires the knowledge and
experience of a trained professional. Luckily, the pros at Guard Pest
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