Rodents

House Mouse

House Mouse

  • Classification of service:  covered under General Pest Control for residential
  • Also known as a field mouse.
  • They are curious by nature and approach things in their environment more quickly.
  • Female produces 4-7 pups per litter with a gestation of just 19 days.  She can birth 8 liters in her life time.  A litter can be born every 28 days.
  • New mice are mature at 5-8 weeks.
  • They usually stay within 10-30 feet of their nest.
  • Excellent swimmers.

 

Norway Rat

Norway Rat

  • Classification of service:  covered under General Pest Control for residential
  • Also known as a House rate, Warf rat, sewer rat or water rat.
  • Body characteristics look like a muscle car from the 60’s --- lifted in the back and lower in the front.
  • Small ears and blunt nose.  Tail is shorter than head and body combined.
  • They are nocturnal and do not like populated areas. 
  • They are neophobic (fear of anything new in their environment).
  • They usually stay within 50-150 feet of their nest and enter structures from the ground.
  • They can be 13 to 18 inches long (nose to tail).
  • Gestation period about 20 days.  Litters are 4-8.  Life span about one year.
  • Excellent swimmer.

 

Roof Rat

Roof Rat

  • Classification of service:  covered under General pest control for residential (unless property if severely infest upon initial service at which time additional services might be incurred).
  • Smaller than it’s Norway brother but its tail is longer.
  • Their bodies are long and sleeker.
  • They will travel up to 300 feet from their nest.
  • More noephobic than the Norway rat.  Traps and bait boxes take longer because they are suspicious of them when added to their area.
  • They enter building vertically through utility lines, trees, fences, etc.
  • Gestation period about 20 days.  Litters are 4-8.  Life span about one year.
  • Excellent swimmers.

 

 

Images Property of:

Field Guide to Texas Insects,
Drees, B.M. and John Jackman,
Copyright 1999
Gulf Publishing Company,
Houston, Texas