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Mouse & Rat Identification


What are mice and rats?

Mice and rats are rodents. Rodents are mammals characterized by having two continuously growing front incisors that must be kept short by gnawing to file them down.

The house mouse is a small rodent that has a somewhat pointed nose, small, black, slightly protruding eyes, and fairly large ears for its size. They are generally grayish-brown with a gray or tan-colored belly.

Rats are generally larger than mice and can grow up to 18 inches long, including their tail, whereas mice are around 7 ½ inches long, including their tail.

Rodents like mice and rats are a common pest problem for Pennsylvania homeowners and businesses, especially during the fall and winter months.

a rat crawling on the ground outside of a home in west chester pennsylvania

Why do I have them?

Both mice and rats will enter your home in search of food, water, shelter, and warmth. They are considered commensal rodents, meaning they tend to share space with humans and partially depend upon us to survive. These rodents gain entry into buildings through cracks and holes as well as through openings that have been made for utilities, but the size of the hole required will differ by species. For example, an adult house mouse can fit through a hole no bigger than a dime while most rats need a hole the size of a quarter to get inside.

Are mice and rats dangerous?

Yes, mice and rats are known to contaminate food and other products with their droppings and are known carriers of serious diseases such as lymphocytic choriomeningitis, salmonellosis, and the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. They can also carry ticks, fleas, and other parasites onto your property and are known to cause structural and electrical damage with their constant gnawing on wood, pipes, and wiring.

How do I get rid of mice and rats?

Due to their shy nature and ability to move fast mice, rats and other rodents are hard to spot and even harder to get rid of. A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of mice and rats and recommend one of our two levels of interior service to help you get rid of mice and rats.

Can I do it myself?

Mice and rats are not pests that many homeowners have much success in eliminating on their own. Many do-it-yourself repellents, sprays, and traps advertised to rid your property of mice and rats simply do not work as the chemicals they use aren't effective and mice and rats often learn to avoid traps. Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets, or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families, or their employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use. In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so most of our customers choose one of our three comprehensive ongoing pest control programs to ensure mice and rats stay out of their home or business.

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Moyer provides effective extermination services in Souderton, Franconia, and Lansdale as well as throughout the Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks, and Montgomery counties and parts of the Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties.

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