There are about 4,000 species of mammals in the world. At about 1500 species, rodents make up the largest group of mammals. Here in the northeast US, we are concerned with two species that we consider structural pests; the House Mouse and the Norway rat. Once thought to be “dumb” animals, recent research has proven that rats and most likely mice are capable of cognitive reasoning. Next to man the most successful animal on earth is the House Mouse. Rodents living close to people and in their structures are called commensal rodents. Rodents will eat anything that humans eat and then some! Mice do not need standing water to survive. Mice are very efficient at conserving water and can get their water from the foods they eat. Rats, on the other hand, do need a ½ ounce of water daily and about 1 ½ ounces of food. Like humans, rats and mice need certain nutritional requirements to remain healthy. Both rats and mice eat a varied diet. Mice need only about 1/10th of an ounce of food a day to survive. Rats will lick the morning dew off grass and get enough water to survive.
Mice and rats have special abilities that have made their survival possible. Mice and rats have developed unique behavioral characteristics that permit them to live in close proximity to humans and to be rarely noticed. It is only when populations become large that their presence is discovered.
Both rats and mice carry diseases that are transmittable to humans. These include salmonella food poisoning, Leptospirosis, LCM, Hanta Virus and other diseases that can make people sick. Their droppings, urine and hair contaminate the environment and cause sensitive people to experience allergic reactions from these biological materials. Mice and rats contaminate stored food items with their fecal material, urine and hair. Their constant gnawing behavior causes structural damage and when electrical wires are the target of their gnawing, they can start fires and damage sensitive electronic items such as computers.
You will never eliminate these rodent pests but Arrow can provide the service necessary to effectively eliminate these rodent pests from your home or business and keep them out.