Get Rid of Mice and Rats in Post Falls, ID
At first, the signs of rats and mice are subtle. A small pile of droppings under the sink, a stale smell throughout the house, or holes in a cereal box in the pantry.
But then you hear scratching sounds in the attic or see a rat or mouse in your kitchen during a midnight snack attack. Now there is no doubt your Post Falls home is hosting vermin, and you need professional help.
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Types of Mice and Rats in Post Falls
Rodents are common and diverse in Post Falls. The Department of Fish and Game created Idaho’s own rodent species list. Here are some of the most common types of mice and rats in our area:
The house mouse is the most common nuisance rodent. They also transmit diseases and destroy property. The female house mouse is a rapid breeder. It consumes almost any food but prefers grains, nuts, and seeds.
Deer mice are the most common mammal in Idaho. The deer mouse is known for carrying life-threatening diseases such as Hantavirus. Infected mice shed the virus through their saliva, droppings, and urine. Humans inhale the particles when they are stirred up. Most people are exposed to Hantavirus in their homes. The deer mouse is nocturnal, highly reproductive, and active all year long.
Western Jumping Mouse
These mice hibernate most of the year, only coming out to find food between dusk and dawn during the summer months. Strong feet and long tails enable Western Jumping mice to jump nearly 10 feet. They eat fruits, seeds, and insects.
Western Harvest Mouse
Western Harvest Mice are skilled climbers, nocturnal, and most active on dark, rainy nights. They breed year round and produce multiple litters. This mouse is a herbivore, looking for grains, oats, and fruits. This species can transmit plague, rat-bite fever, and other serious illnesses.
Both the Chisel-toothed and Ord’s Kangaroo Rat species thrive in the Post Falls area. Large hind legs allow them to hop, rather than scurry, and leap a distance up to six feet. The University of Idaho lab students extensively study the movement and anatomy of our local Kangaroo Rat population. Though they feed on grasses, seeds, and other plant life, they may infest your lawn or burrow into the ground alongside your home.
Norway (Brown) Rat
The Norway Rat can grow up to 11 inches and nearly doubles in size with the tail. This species is intelligent, excellent swimmers, and will eat nearly anything, which can wreak havoc in the home. They carry various diseases, including Weil’s Disease, rat bite fever, viral hemorrhagic fever, and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.
How to Get Rid of Mice and Rats in Post Falls
There are dozens of reasons a rodent might try to make their own home within yours, especially during the colder months. Here are a few things to keep in mind, to avoid unwanted house guests:
- Regularly check ventilation systems and vents to make sure there are no holes or nests.
- Seal gaps and cracks in the walls, even if you’re sure it’s too small to be important. Mice and rats fit through tiny spaces.
- Keep food put away and sealed in airtight containers. Cardboard and plastic bags are easy for rodents to chew into.
- Clean regularly, especially in areas of low traffic, to prevent rats or mice from creating small nests and breeding.
There are dangers involved in both living with rats and mice and trying to exterminate them on your own.
Croach® offers a 4-Step rodent control service:
- Comprehensive inspection and customized treatment plan.
- Trapping and other professional rodent control methods, depending on your situation.
- Exclusion to close off points of entry.
- Ongoing Prevention.
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