Common Names: Mouse or Rat
LifeSpan: Mostly under 2 years
Rats: The presence of rats can be detected by droppings or evidence of fresh gnawing. Tracks can be seen in mud and on dusty surfaces. Runways and burrows may be found next to buildings, along fences or railroad tracks, and debris. Breeding is most active in spring and fall. The average female has four to six litters per year.
Mice: House mice have a characteristic musky odor that reveals their presence. Mice are active mostly at night, but they can be seen occasionally during the day light.
A key to successful long-term mouse control is limiting shelter and food sources wherever possible. Trapping works well, especially when a sufficient number of traps are placed in strategic locations. Trapping also can be used as a follow-up measure after a baiting program