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Can You Tell the Difference Between a Rat and a Mouse?

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 19, 2017 5:45:00 PM

Is it a rat or a mouse?

You’ve heard scratching sounds; out of the corner of your eye, you’ve seen something scurrying away; you’ve found little black pellets laying around; or encountered any of the other signs of an infestation. Now you need to know what exactly you are dealing with so you can figure out how to get rid of it.

Recognizing the difference between rats and mice can be tricky, but there are a few tell ‘tail’ signs that will make the job easier. If you’ve actually seen the rodent in question, consider these identifying characteristics:

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Topics: Rodent Control

What Do Mouse Droppings Look Like & What to Do When You Find Them

Posted by Rita Stadler

Dec 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Seeing a mouse in the house is upsetting, but finding out that a rodent infestation has been lurking in your home for a long time is even worse. Knowing how to identify the signs of a pest problem will help you prevent infestations and keep your home pest free.

Finding mouse droppings is one of the most obvious ways to discover you have a mouse problem in your home. In this article we'll discuss what mouse poop looks like, the dangers of mouse poop in your home, and how to properly clean and dispose of the droppings.  

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Topics: Rodent Control

Diseases from Mice - Types of Rodent Related Illnesses

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 14, 2016 5:55:32 PM

A mouse in the house can be more than just a nuisance; a rodent infestation can be a serious threat to the health of yourself, your family, and your pets. Rats in New York City have been called “disease-sponges,” and wild mice are known for spreading the potentially fatal Hantavirus, resulting in outbreaks like the one at Yosemite a few years ago.   

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Topics: Rodent Control

Low Cost Mouse Proofing for Chicken Coops & Pet Houses

Posted by Lisa Dingeman

Oct 26, 2016 6:30:00 PM

What’s in your chicken coop?


A chicken coop, or other structure that houses animals like a duck house or pet gazebo, has a strange way of attracting other pesky pests that you don’t want living alongside your feathered friends. Unwanted guests are attracted to these spaces because you are providing the perfect atmosphere and environment for your beloved pets—and mice love to join in on all that love! One thing about mice is that they are the world’s best freeloaders and they can’t help being attracted to a free meal and warm place to call home; you can’t blame them, really. But as bad as you may feel for the mouse, they can cause more damage than just a couple nibbles out of your pet feed.

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Topics: Rodent Control

DIY Tips to Stop Mice Infestations in Storage Units

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 14, 2016 4:05:00 PM

One out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage.

When we store away our belongings, we expect them to be safe and damage free until the next time they are needed. Sometimes we end up with an unpleasant surprise when we go to retrieve our stored goods though. Pests love to infest undisturbed places that provide protection from the elements; places like storage units, sheds, basements, attics and garages.  

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Topics: Rodent Control, Stay Away

Mice Prevention:  Details on the Diet of a Mouse

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Sep 16, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Mice are pesky little critters you don’t want to see scurrying about your home. If you’re looking to get rid of mice or prevent mice from ever returning to your home, then it’s a good idea to learn a little something about them. After all, learning about your invaders is one of the best tactics that’s used in war, and getting rid of mice can be considered a war of sorts.

The first step in winning the battle against mice and other rodents in your home is learning what they eat. We’ll cover some of the main staples in a mouse’s diet and how you can use this information to effectively combat these common pests.  

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Topics: Rodent Control

A Mouse in the House, A Rat in the Roof: How To Identify a Rodent

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Sep 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Mice and rats can make excellent pets. When domesticated, they are clean, intelligent and docile. However, just as a weed is a plant in the wrong place, a pest is a pet you didn’t ask for.

The types of rodents found in the wild can spread disease, damage property and harm humans and other animals. They also reproduce prolifically — a single mating pair can spawn hundreds of offspring in a single year. However, rodents are not all alike, and the first step to eliminating an infestation is identifying it.

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Topics: Rodent Control

Washington DC, NYC & Chicago Overrun By Rats

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jun 2, 2015 2:02:00 PM

Summer is just around the corner and temperatures are starting to rise. As much as everyone loves fun in the sun, summer in big cities means more than weekends at the beach. It means hot steamy days and garbage baking in the sun. And where there’s garbage, there’s rats -- lots and lots of rats -- scurrying through the streets and into subway stations.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage, Rodent Control