House Mice

This rodent has a grayish-brown upper body, is lighter underneath, and is about 5”–7.75” long. They usually weigh less than 1 oz., and you can usually find them in buildings, cultivated fields, and areas near humans. Typically, they produce an average of 7–10 litters of 4–16 young per litter annually.

Nibbler
Inquisitive
Stays Close to Nest
Makes Nests Made of String, Shredded Paper, & Straw

Good Climber
Grooms Frequently
Chews through Walls, Floors, Baseboards, & Even Electrical Cords, Which Can Start Fires

Food Preferences:

Seeds
Cereals
Grains
Sweets


Norway Rats

These rodents are also known for their small eyes and hairy ears. Typically, they weigh from 7–17 oz. You can commonly find them in human dwellings, warehouses, farms, cultivated fields, and sewers. They average about 5–12 litters of 7–11 young each year.

Characteristics:

  • Agile Climber
  • Excellent Swimmer
  • Uses Sensitive Whiskers to Navigate
  • Feeds at Night
  • Daytime Feeding Indicates Large Population
  • Powerful Front Teeth Grow Continuously so Rats Maintain Them by Gnawing through Wood, Electrical Cables, Pipes, & Other Objects
  • Nests in Burrows
  • Suspicious & Wary

Food Preferences:

  • Cereals
  • Meat
  • Seeds
  • Chicken Eggs

Roof Rats

The roof rat has a dark, brownish upper body with gray underneath and is an average of 15” in length. They are known for their long, slender tails, which are longer than the head and body combined, and their large, nearly hairless ears. On average, they weigh up to 9 oz. and produce several litters of 2–8 babies annually. You’ll commonly find them in upper floors of buildings, trees, lush vegetation, seaports, ships, in the South, and along coastlines.

Characteristics:

  • Extremely Agile
  • Expert Climber
  • Gnaws through Wood, Lead Piping, & Electrical Cables
  • Nests in Attics & Upper Floors of Buildings, as well as above Ground in Trees & Tangled Vines

Food Preferences:

  • Cereals
  • Grains
  • Nuts
  • Fruit