Step One In North Georgia Rodent Control – Identification
If you were to ask experienced North Georgia pest control professionals to name the first step in controlling an infestation of any pest, the resounding response would be proper identification.
Knowing your target pest’s characteristics and tendencies allows for better placement and product selection. The difference between knowing and not knowing the exact pest you’re dealing with is much like the difference between target shooting with a finely tuned scope and shooting at a target blindfolded. Rodents are no exception, as determining the correct species could be the difference between gaining control of an infestation and getting very poor results.
Mice, Norway Rats and Roof rats may look similar to the untrained eye, but with a few tips, you can easily distinguish their differences.
Often you can determine the type of rodent without an actual sighting, as they have distinct droppings. A mouse dropping is 1/8 – 1/4 inch long and rod-shaped, a roof rat has a spindle-shaped dropping that measures approximately 1/4 – 1/2 inch, while a Norway’s dropping is between 3/4 – 1 inch and is capsule shaped.
As for visual characteristics, the difference between the species is fairly easy to notice:
- Norway rats are the largest of the group as they have a thicker build to them (not quite rabbit like, but close). They range in size between 8 – 13 inches from snout to tip of tail, with their body being longer than their tail. They have blunt noses, small eyes, and small ears.
- While roof rats can be fairly long (between 8 – 13 inches), they are typically thinner than Norway’s. Their tails are usually longer than the remainder of their bodies. They have long pointed snouts, large eyes, and large ears.
- Mice are small, measuring 2 – 3.5 inches from nose to tip of tail. They have pointed snouts, small eyes, and large ears.
The most frequent misidentification happens between mice and young roof rats. They look similar, because they both have large ears and pointed snouts. The difference, however, is in the eyes. While roof rats have large prominent eyes, the feature is much smaller in mice.
When you’ve identified your particular pest, contact your local North Georgia Rodent Control expert today.