How To Tell If You Have Mice Or Rats In Your Tampa Bay Home
Do you hear the pitter patter of little feet across your ceiling or in your walls? Do you see little, black pellets magically appearing on your kitchen counters? If so, you may have a problem with rats in Tampa Bay, or are they mice? What are they, and how can you get rid of them!?!
Our professionals at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control identify the differences and provide resolutions.
Rats and mice are both nocturnal rodents and they both seek sources of food. They both swim, jump and climb, and they willl scatter when you suddenly turn on the lights!
Rats have a more coarse fur, where mice are smooth. Rats have longer tails, but mice are far more active using their tails to eat, fight and navigate their surroundings.
Mice prefer rice, cereal and plants, but will eat practically anything. We’ve even seen tiny paw prints in softened butter! Rats are more carnivorous and opt for meat, but they, too, will eat grains, proteins, and almost anything…including mice!
Mice are generally smaller and can enter a home through a crevice as small as ¼ inch. Rats
have larger heads and thicker bodies, so they just need openings of at about a ½ inch. This could be a space found along the Freon lines from your central air conditioner compressor into your home, as well as breaks in eaves or foundations.
All rodents are threatening in that they are capable of carrying disease, especially rabies. Our experts at Coby’s can identify danger zones for rodent infestation, properly seal any potential entry points, and prepare traps that are extremely effective to rid your home of these nasty rodents.
If you’ve got a problem with rats, mice, or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727.462.0400 and ask for Coby. He’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!
PS: And remember… “As long as God keeps makin’em, we’ll keep killin’em!”
PSS: Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58-Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!