There are three common types of mouse species that infest homes and businesses in Western New York.
These are the most common rodents people will see. They will enter homes and businesses through gaps ¼ or bigger. They can live indoors their whole life and never leave to go outside. House mice are not only a nuisance, but they can pose significant health and property threats. They breed rapidly and can adapt quickly to changing conditions.
- Dusty gray with a cream belly
- 2 1/2 – 3 3/4″ long
- droppings measure about 1/8-1/4 inch long.
- Can live in areas where humans live.
The deer mouse is normally found in rural, outdoor areas. They rarely invade residential homes, but can be a problem in rural farming areas, vacation homes, outbuildings and sheds. Deer mice are common carriers of Hantavirus which is a medical concern.
- Brown, with white feet and underbelly
- 5 to 8 inches long
- droppings measure about 1/8-1/4 inch long
- rarely invade residential homes
The Norway rat, or referred to as the street or sewer rat. Norway rats are found throughout the world and have fairly poor vision and are colorblind. Despite this, their other senses, including hearing, smell, touch and taste are keen. Although they are not extremely agile, they are capable of running, climbing, jumping and swimming. The norway rat is known to cause damage to properties and structures through their gnawing.
- They can reach lengths of 40 cm, and their tails alone can measure 21 cm. They are large rodents that may weigh in excess of 500 grams.
- Norway rats have fur that is brown or gray in color.
- These rodents are covered in shaggy fur. Their ears and tails are covered in scales, and their tails are shorter than their head and body.
The knowledgeable and experienced rodent control experts at Pathfinder Pest Service in Buffalo have several ways of resolving mice and rat problems.
- Snap traps
- Bait stations
- One way traps
- Multi traps
- Natural deterrents
The biggest thing that helps is to inspect and seal up any gaps or cracks found around the home or business. Sealing up the gaps will prevent them from coming back and provide continued protection if done correctly.