Archives: November 2019

It does not matter where you live, there will always be some pros and cons to your city. Some cities have lots of fun things to do but the traffic is terrible. Other cities have no traffic but there is literally nothing to do. Your city may be extremely family friendly but not have some other features that you are looking for. You always have to take the good with the bad in every setting. Here in Manhattan, New York there are so many different things to love. Our bustling city is known as the “Big Apple” and is one of the commercial, financial and cultural centers of the world. Manhattan conjures thoughts of skyscrapers, neon lit Times Square and Broadway. Along with those all perks comes some cons. One con that Always Ready Pest Control deals with here in the great state of New York with our many apartment complexes and dense housing is the insects and rodents you find here. Today we want to talk about some of the common rodents that you can find across the state.

Identification of Common Types of Rodents

The four most common rodents here in New York are Norway rats, roof rats, house mice, and deer mice. Let’s start by briefly talk about each of these rodents.
Norway rats: Norway rats are larger than roof rats. They are between 13 and 17 inches in length. They are gray-brown in color.
Roof rats: These rats are smaller and thinner than Norway rats. You can tell if it is a roof rat by taking a look at the tail. The tails of the roof rat is longer than the body of the roof rat. They are brown or black in color.
House mice: House mice are about 2.5 and 3.75 inches long. They are typically light gray in color. They are rather small and very thin.
Deer mice: Deer mice are longer than house mice. They are between 5 and 8 inches in length. They are brown or tan in color with white bellies and white feet.

Diseases Spread By Rats & Mice to Humans

If you have any of these rodents on your property you will want to take care of them right away. They can carry and transmit different diseases and parasites. You do not want your family to get any of the diseases or parasites that they carry. Getting rid of rats and mice can be extremely hard to do. One reason they are hard to get rid of is that they typically build their nests in hard to reach places like your attic, basement, wall voids, and under concrete. Another reason is that they reproduce extremely quickly. You may get rid of some just to find out that you have tons of other rodents to deal with.

Rodent Inspections, Control, Removal, Exclusion & More in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan NYC & Greater New York

The good news that there are a few things that you can do to help prevent rodents from getting into your home. Rodents come into your home looking for food and shelter. If you make those two things harder for them to get that will definitely help. First you will want to make sure you carefully secure all of your food. If they cannot get into your food they will not want to stay in your home. You will also want to make it harder for them to get into your home. You can do this by making sure that all of your doors and windows are properly sealed. If you do end up with these rodents in your home the best thing that you can do is call Always Ready Pest Control right away. We have the expertise and equipment to help get these unwanted rodents out of your home as quickly as possible.

The cold weather means that many people are trying to find activities that are in the house or indoors. They want to stay out of the cold weather so that they can enjoy life. It also means that you have likely swapped to using the heater in your house so when you are done outdoors you can warm up. The problem is that there are pests that are looking for a nice warm house in invade as well. One of the pests that seem to be a problem in the colder months are rodents. They do not want to live in the cold if they can find a way in. The problem is that your home might be the perfect spot for them and most people are not aware of how easy it is for them to get inside. You could be dealing with a mouse all the way to rats. They are not something that you want to let freely roam around your house. They can bring disease and of course damage with them. Always Ready Pest Control outlines some of the tell-tale signs of rodents and how best to treat them.

Rodent Droppings & Chewed Packages

Rat and mice droppings are tell-tale signs of rodents in your house. Rat droppings are shiny black and about 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch long, whereas mice droppings are smooth and smaller with pointed ends. Another obvious sign are chew marks. Typical rat teeth marks are roughly 1/8-inch long, while mice leave smaller and “scratchier” marks on food packaging.

Rodent Noises; What Do Rats & Mice Sound Like?

One of the most common things you can use as a sign that rodents are in your house are the sounds that they make. They tend to be quiet in the day time when you are using your house and you are up and making noise. When the house starts to quiet down and you lay down for bed the rodents are out to start working. You may want to try and lay down to fall asleep and start to hear scratching in the walls. They are looking for scraps for their nest and making their way to the food. You want to make sure that if you are hearing any scratching or even scurrying around that you contact a pest control company right away.

Mouse & Rat Odor

Most people want their home to smell nice and inviting when they come home and when friends are over for a visit. When you have an infestation of rodents you will start to notice an odor that is in the house. This is something that might smell musty and can get worse over time. The odor is due to the rodents leaving urine and feces all around the house. The ammonia in the urine will start to build up and can create an odor that is hard to handle. The only real way to get rid of the smell is to have the infestation treated.

Rodent Exclusion

Prevention is the most important part of protecting your home from rodents. You can try to seal off any areas that they can use to get in the house. You also want to keep any foods that might be attracting them sealed up. This also includes your pet food as well. Lastly be sure that your home is being treated for pests through the whole year.

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

Always Ready Pest Control can come to your home and treat for unwanted rodent infestations. Call us today!