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The word¬†rodent¬†means to “to gnaw”. Below are a few pesky rodents that may make their way into your home or office.

Roof Rat

  • Also known as the black rat or ship rat
  • Roof rats are smaller and sleeker than the Norway Rat.
  • Primarily occupies coastal areas and are very common in seaports
  • Adults weigh between 5 and 9 ounces.
  • Roof rats are thought of as vegetarians because they prefer fruits, seeds, and vegetables.

Norway Rat

  • Also known as the house rat
  • Are the most widely distributed rat in the United States and are found in all states
  • Are Stronger and more aggressive than roof rats
  • Can adapt to cool climates better than any other species
  • It’s stocky body weighs between 12 and 16 ounces
  • Prefers meats and proteins for food
  • Largest of the rats

House Mouse

  • House Mice came to the United States on boats from Asia in the 1500’s
  • House Mice can be found all over North America
  • House Mice are nocturnal and use shredded paper, insulation material, and string to form their nests.
  • They cause damage in residential and commercial structures.
  • Unlike rats, mice like to explore new objects
  • House Mice have poor vision, which is compensated by other senses, such as taste, smell, hearing, and touching