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mouse found in basement of a tennessee home

This is the time of year when many folks are thinking about resolutions and starting fresh. If you have had to deal with rodents in your home or business in 2017, perhaps you are ready for a fresh start at being rodent-free. Any time rodents get into man-made structures, problems are a certainty. Chew holes, droppings, and food and surfaces being tainted with bacteria are just a few things that rodents are famous for.

  • House Mouse - This mouse has dull greyish-brown fur with a tail that is the same length as its body and is thicker and more scaly than other species. Its presence can be detected by a distinctive strong, "stale" odor. The voice of this mouse is a familiar high-pitched squeak. When these mice get into homes and multiply, they chew holes through wood and other things, which can cause heat or cool air to escape. They also chew on wires, which may spark a fire. When they get into food storage and food preparation areas, they can spread harmful bacteria, which can spread disease. And, they also carry secondary pests such as mites, ticks, and fleas.

  • Norway Rat - A Norway rat can grow to be 8 inches in length and it has a body which is covered in shaggy fur that is brown or gray in color. Its ears and tail are covered in scales. Its tail is shorter than its head. And its body and its droppings are capsule-shaped. One of the problems these rats bring is that they spread diseases such as murine typhus, babesiosis and RMSF (via the ticks they carry), and even leptospirosis.

  • Roof Rat - A roof rat has thick fur and ranges in color from brown to black with grey to white fur on its underbelly. This rat can grow to be around 16 inches long with a tail and body each being of equal length. These rats like to be up high and will typically chew their way in through rooflines, but can make holes anywhere. When they get into man-made structures, they pose the same issues as other rodents.

Rodent Prevention

If you would rather not be dealing with mice and rats inside your home, there are several steps you can take to prevent them from entering. Remove trash from your property and keep garbage in tightly sealed containers. Keep your yard neatly trimmed and free of overgrown weeds and clutter. Seal up any entry points in the exterior of your home. And keep bushes and other vegetation trimmed back from your walls and foundation.

How Russell's Can Help

If you are already seeing or hearing, the signs of rodent presence in your home, the best course of action is to partner with a professional pest control company. Russell's has been providing folks with rodent solutions since 1971. Contact one of our friendly associates for a free estimate today.

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