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New Castle Property Owners' Complete Guide To Effective Rodent Control

August 31, 2020


As a New Castle property owner, dealing with pests of all kinds can be frustrating. While many people associate pest problems with insects, rodents are also a very common problem that home and business owners have to deal with.

In the area, mice and rats are the rodents you’re most likely to find around your property. While they are two different species, they are similar in the kind of damage they cause and the health risks they pose. However, it’s very unlikely that you’ll deal with both mice and rats at the same time. Since these two rodents can look similar, knowing how to tell them apart is helpful.

 Here is a brief guide to what mice and rats look like:

  • Mice are slightly smaller than rats, but you can’t always rely on size since baby rats can be confused for mice. Other ways to tell mice from rats are that they have a pointed nose and proportionately large ears. They also have tails that are about the same length as their bodies and are a greyish brown color.

  • Rats have proportionately smaller ears than mice and their tails are usually longer than their bodies. They can be grey or dark brown depending on the species. They also have heads that are bigger and clunkier compared to their bodies than mice do. 

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Are Rodents Dangerous?

While some people actually like rodents and even keep them as pets, the mice and rats that you find in the wild and around your property aren’t so cute. They are dangerous pests because they pose many health risks and also cause property damage.
Because of their tendency to constantly gnaw on things, mice and rats can chew through anything from wires to plumbing to drywall, and they can end up costing a lot of money in repairs.

However, the most dangerous thing about these rodents is the variety of health hazards they pose to humans. Here are the reasons why mice and rats are considered safety risks to humans:

  • They are known to carry and spread around 35 diseases including hantavirus and salmonella.

  • Their fur, droppings, and urine can cause allergic reactions or asthma attacks.

  • The build-up of their feces in walls can lead to respiratory problems.

  • They can also carry parasites.

  • In rare cases, they may bite, especially if handled.

Is It Hard To Get Rid Of Rodent Infestations?

Because of the many health and safety risks that rodents pose for you and your New Castle property, getting rid of them is essential. However, rodents are difficult to remove. 
There are a few reasons for this. First of all, they are prolific breeders that reproduce quickly, making it hard to keep their numbers from growing. For example, one female mouse can have up to ten litters per year and give birth to up to fourteen pups per litter.
Second, mice and rats are hard to keep out in the first place as they are able to slip through small holes and cracks. Rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter while mice can get through holes the size of a dime.
Third, rodents are hard to remove because they are hard to get rid of for good using typical methods such as traps. While traps can get rid of a few mice or rats, they aren’t effective at getting the entire infestation.

What’s The Best Kind Of Rodent Control?

Rodents are dangerous, destructive, hard to prevent, and even harder to eliminate. Because of this, the most effective and safest way to protect your property is to contact the pest control experts at Moyer Pest Control. Our company has been in the area for over 100 years, so you can trust our technicians will get rid of the entire infestation for you.

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