Rodent season is upon us. What does that mean to Las Vegas residents? In Las Vegas, October through February is the key period of time in which homeowners begin to notice the presence of rats or mice. Even though Las Vegas does not get extremely cold, rodents still go looking for warmth and food. It doesn’t happen very often but rats or mice can take up residence in your home. If you have a good professional pest control company, they can help resolve your situation and eradicate your rodent problem.
If you suspect you have a rat or mouse in your home, a thorough inspection of the exterior of your home as well as in your attic are a must. The exterior of your house must be inspected for holes and cracks in the walls and cracks around pipes coming out of the exterior walls.
The house mouse weighs only 1/2 to 3/4 of an oz; Average body length is 2.5″ to 3.5″; The tail is usually 3 to 4 inches in length; Ears are large and prominent; The house mouse is gray on it’s back and lighter gray on it’s belly;
The droppings are pointed and average 1/4″ in length
The house mouse prefers meats, grains, cereals, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and will eat almost anything a human will consume; The house mouse consumes 1/10th an oz of food per a day and 1/20th an oz of water; Droppings produced are around 50 per day; There are 6 young in a litter, and 8 liters per year; adults live about 15 – 18 months;
The house mouse may nest in any portion of the building near food; They only have an average range of 50 feet from the nest; Active mostly at night; Nibbles small amounts of food instead of consuming a large meal; Very curious.
The Roof Rat average body weight is 6 to 12 oz, and has a long slender body, usually 6 to 8 inches in length; the nose is pointed compared to the Norway Rat and the ears are large and very prominently displayed; The tail is long and uniform in color, and can usually reach the tip of its nose; The color is black on the back and grayish white on the underside.
Droppings are pointed and average 1/2″ in length.
The roof rat typically eats seed, fruits, vegetables, and grains and eggs; the roof rat will consume about an oz of food and an oz of water each day, producing 30 to 180 droppings per day; There are 6 – 14 pups in a litter, and 3 – 7 liters per year; adults live about 18 months.
Roof Rats usually enter and nest in upper portions of buildings. They can nest outside in trees, especially in palms and ivy; They rarely burrow and are excellent climbers; Very active at night; Rats are suspicious of changes in the environment or new foods, for this reason it may take a couple of days for traps or poison baits to take. Rats are nocturnal, with their peak activity at dusk or before dawn. When the population is large or they are disturbed or hungry, you can see activity during the day.
If you think you have a rodent problem, call a professional today. Call Intrusion Pest Control today 702-280-4549!