Archives: February 2017

Named for their very similar look to the white tailed or mule deer these tiny mice could be causing big headaches around your home. These mice are often mistaken for white footed mice as their coloring is very similar. Don’t be confused however if you live in more wooded areas of Northern New Jersey a deer mouse problem is more likely what you have. Knowing what they like, what they look like and where to find them is the first step before giving Always Ready Pest Control a call to solve any issues they may be causing.

Deer Mice Identification

Deer mice are small mice that range in color, length and weight. Like the mule deer and white tailed deer, these little rodents range in color from a light grayish brown to a reddish brown. A deer mouse can be roughly 3-4 inches in length with a long tail used for balance when they climb if their habitat deems it necessary. These good little climbers don’t have a lot of body weight to pull around as a deer mouse at its most will only weigh just over an ounce.

Diet of the Deer Mouse

These nocturnal feeders eat a wide variety of nuts and seeds. They also enjoy insects such as sawflies and bud-worms when they can find them.

Habitat; Where Do Deer Mice Live?

Deer mice like dryer climates. They like borrowing and building nests. These rodents can also be found in buildings like your home building nests. Around your home there nests can most often be found in tree stumps or rotting logs.

Deer Mice Reproduction & Lifespan

At four to six weeks of age a deer mouse is sexually mature and usually begins breeding during breeding season which is usually from February to November. They can sometimes have four litters a year with three to five pups in a litter. The male Deer mouse often helps raise the pups. Deer mice can usually live up to two years in the wild but in captivity they have a nice long life of approximately 8 years.

Predators of Deer Mice

As these feeders wake up after the sun goes down so do those who eat them. When there are a lot of these mice the population is often controlled by creatures such as hawks, owls, foxes, snakes and other animals for whom these tiny mammals are an important part of the diet.

Deer Mice Pest Infestation Problems

Deer mice are considered pest because when they do get into homes they use your pantry as a buffet. They get into food and use the packaging for their nests. If they get to your furniture they will shred up fabric and steal stuffing to pad their nests for their young. Deer mouse feces carries a disease called Hantavirus. Hantavirus is caused by a microorganism spread through contact with their feces that can be deadly to humans.

Deer Mice Inspections, Control & Removal in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

While these cute little mice make great pets we do NOT recommend trying to tame them. Instead call Always Ready Pest Control to come remove deer mice from your home and safely clean up and feces that may be dangerous to your family. If you find mouse droppings in your home or food storage please give us a call immediately.

The Norway rat is one of the largest rat species and is widespread throughout North America. These rather aggressive rats find their way into homes and businesses and can be very destructive. Unfortunately, preventing and controlling Norway rats is a common practice for Always Ready Pest Control. We will share some of our experiences below on how to identify, prevent and control Norway rats from infesting your home or business.

Norway Brown Rat Facts; Identification, Appearance, Length & More

The Norway rat is also known as the sewer rat, water rat, brown rat, and the gray rat. As the largest rat in the United States, they grow up to eight inches long. Norway rats have small eyes, ears, and feet, with a rounder nose. Their fur has a shaggy look and their colors can very from brown, yellowish tan to grey with either a white or yellowish under belly. Their tail is scaly and shorter than other species of rats.

Signs of Norway Rat Infestations; Norway Rats, Droppings, Rodent Burrows & More

The Norway rat can mate up to seven times per year and have up to 12 pups a litter. The pups can reach full adulthood in just three months. This makes even the smallest infestation a serious problem very quickly. Identifying an infestation is easy enough as Norway rats do not have a problem showing themselves to get where they want to go. You may also notice dirt smudges along their travel paths or even chew marks on piping or wiring. The Norway rat is very destructive to homes. They will chew through walls, plumbing lines, and electrical wiring. Inside they make nests out of insulation and other building materials. Outside, they will make burrows in shrubbery and other plant debris. If you are experiencing any of these problems this is a clear sign of a Norway rat infestation. Of course if you’re seeing rat droppings, realize that Norway rats are large. Large rats means large droppings.

Preventing Norway Rats in Businesses, Homes & Yards

Prevention of Norway rats accessing your home or business is the first step. Your second step is a control or management program. To start with, you will need to do an inspection of the home, buildings, yards and any exterior plumbing for any leaks. Outside, remove any clutter or large piles of debris. Afterward, inspect the building for any entry points that allow rats to get inside. Larger areas can be covered with metal meshing. Seams or smaller areas can be sealed with caulking glue. Make sure the inside of buildings are clean and there is no food left out. All food should be sealed in air tight containers.

Rodent Infestation Control

Norway rats can breed and spread pretty quickly. Therefore it is strongly recommended you contact a professional pest control company to assist you in your rat management program. However for those who want to try to do it themselves, you can start with traps. You can use any live capture traps, or fatal traps. Either way, make sure you line the traps with newspaper etc to easily clean and prevent the spreading of any diseases. You can also use poisons but again this could create some problems with cleanup when you find the dead rat.

Norway Rat Rodent Inspections, Control & Removal in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

Dealing with the Norway Ray can be rather difficult if not done quickly and properly. Don’t allow a population of Norway rats to invade your home or business and in numbers that will make it impossible to control. Always Ready Pest Control can help create a proper management program for your Norway rat problem as well as other pests you may encounter. Contact Always Ready Pest Control today.