Connecticut Mouse and Rat Information
Mice, rats, and rodents are thought of as the most bothersome, problematic, and costly pests in Connecticut. Rodents, such as, mice and rats infect food surfaces and attic insulation with their feces and urine. Their chewing causes damage to electrical wiring, causing issues that may start a fire. They damage home and business property. They also eat food meant for us and our pets. Mice and rats in Connecticut can survive and thrive in the many different kinds of conditions we experience.
Mice, such as, the common house mouse are usually gray or brownish in color with a white underbelly. House mice have larger ears and small, beady eyes. Including the mouse’s tail they average around 5 to 8 inches long and weigh around a ½ of an ounce. Their tail is usually 2 to 4 inches long and has hair on it.
Mice will feed on many different kinds of foods, but their main source of food that they like is cereal grains. Mice do not have a good sense of sight, but they do have very excellent senses of taste, touch, smell, and hearing. House mice are very nimble, they can jump from the ground up to a little over a foot. They have a good sense of balance that enables them to walk or run along wires and pipes. A mouse can fit into an opening almost as small as a dime.
Mice produce quite rapidly, which can create a sizable infestation in a home or business quickly. During a year span one female mouse will have between 5 and 10 deliveries of young mice. Each litter has around 5 – 6 baby mice. What this means is if you have one female mouse in your house within a year you could have 60 mice. That’s a lot of mice.
The most common seen rat in Connecticut is the Norway rat. Norway rats in Connecticut have short thick grayish to brownish fur that covers all of their body except for their ears, nose, and tail. Norway rats grow between 14 – 16 inches including the tail. Their tail is hairless and a little bit smaller than their body. They can grow from about a half a pound to over a pound.
Norway rats in Connecticut can live in a variety of places. Most places you will find them near homes and businesses are in sewers and tunnel systems they burrow near buildings. Once they have established themselves near your home or business they will try and get inside to find other nesting areas and to search for food. Norway rats are scavengers and will eat almost anything to survive. In places that are inhabited by humans they love to eat discarded food and garbage.
Norway rats, like mice, produce quite quickly. Female Norway rats can have up to 7 litters of babies a year with up to 8 rat pups being born. This means in a year span that just 1 female rat can have almost 60 little rats. Just like mice, a minor rat nuisance can become a major rodent infestation quite quickly.
Recognizing Rodent Infestations
In most instances recognizing that you have a mouse, rat, or rodent infestation comes to light after its been there for a period of time. It’s important to do something as soon as you see signs of an infestation because the way these rodents have babies it will escalate quite quickly.
Here are some sure signs you have a rodent infestation.
• Rodent Droppings – Poop
• Strong Urine – Ammonia Smell
• Fresh Gnawing or Chewing Marks
• Rodent Tracks
• Shredded Paper, insulation, and or nesting material.
Prevention and Control of Mice and Rats
Complete mouse and rat prevention and control involves keeping a clean house with no food scraps or crumbs on the floor and counters, keeping foodstuffs like cereal and pet food properly stored. Having your home or business mouse, rat, and rodent proofed. This includes sealing up any holes they can get into and cutting any brush or tree limbs that are touching the building. Lastly you need to reduce the rodent population by trapping and using poison, if needed.
Getting Rid of Dead Mice, Rats, and Rodents
If you’ve caught a mouse, rat, or rodent in your home or business it’s important to get rid of it properly to protect yourself and in case you’ve used any kind of poison to protect pets and wild animals. Before touching a mouse, rat, or rodent make sure to put on plastic or rubber gloves. These rodents can carry some nasty diseases and its best not to have it pass on to you. Put the dead carcass in a plastic bag, tie it, and put it in a garbage can with a tight lid. It’s important to make sure that pets and wild animals can’t get to it, especially if you have used poison. If they eat it they will become sick and may die.
Any gloves, traps, and areas where the dead mouse, rat, or rodent were should be disinfected with a commercial disinfectant or a solution of 3 tablespoons of bleach to 1 gallon of water.
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