Identification of Different Types of Mice & Rats in Your Moorpark, CA House or Apartment
No home is exempt from insects, spiders and rodents. Over the course of your life as a homeowner you are bound to have some encounters with unwanted pests. Some insects, spiders and rodents bring more fear to homeowners than others. Mice and rats are two of the most feared insects and rodents in the United States. There are many different species of mice and rats that are frequently found inside of homes. Ventura Pest Control & Termite wants to go over each of them today so that you will know if you have mice or rats in your home you may be able to identify which species you have.
The scientific name for the house mouse is the Mus Musculus. As the name implies it is typically found in domestic households. House mice have an excellent sense of hearing, smell, vision and touch. These attributes allow them to adapt to whatever environment that they may find themselves in. They are typically black or dusty gray in color. They come out at night to find food to eat. They will eat any food or crumbs that you leave out on your food or tables. They can squeeze into spaces as small as ¼ inch so they can find their way into all sorts of different spaces. House mice reproduce seven to 10 times every year. Each litter has between four and 16 young. Their gestation period is about three weeks. It is frequently said that once you have once mouse you likely will have hundreds soon due to their quick reproductive cycle.
The scientific name for the deer mouse is Peromyscus Maniculatus. They are reddish brown to golden brown in color on their body; their feet and chest are white; and they have a bi-colored tail. Deer mice are four inches in length and weigh between 0.5 to 1 ounce. They have big protruding black eyes and large furred ears. They prefer to eat grains, seeds, and fruit. They can be extremely frustrating to farmers because they get into their storage bin and grain silos and eat their grain and seeds. Just like the house mouse they also reproduce quickly. They can have a litter with three to five young two to four times a year.
The scientific name of the roof rat is Rattus Rattus. They are also called black rats and fruit rats. Roof rats are famous for living in close proximity to humans. They will live wherever there is food and shelter available. Roof rats are black or dark gray in color. They weigh about eight ounces in weight and are between 13 to 17 inches long. Roof rats breed between four to six times a year. Each litter has 6-8 young in them. They have lanky and thin bodies with a pointed nose, long tail, and large ears. Roof rats are known to chew through electrical wires.
The scientific name for the Norway rat is Rattus Norvegicus. Norway rats are brown to brownish red in color. They weigh about 15 ounces and are 12 to 18 inches in length. They have a stocky body with a blunt head and short ears. They can produce a litter with six to 12 young between four to seven times a year. Norway rats will eat just about anything they can find.
If you find any mice or rats in your home you will want to get rid of them as quickly as possible before they keep multiplying inside your home. Ventura Pest Control & Termite can help you get rid of any species of mice or rats that you may have in your home.