Droppings, fresh gnawing and tracks indicate where mice are active. Mouse nests are made with shredded paper and other fibrous materials that are often found in sheltered areas. Mice have a very distinct musky odor and are occasionally seen during daylight hours. House mice are grey or brown rodents with fairly large ears and small eyes. An adult weighs about 1/2 ounce and is about 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long, including the tail. Mice love grain foods, but will nibble on just about anything. Mice have a very good sense of smell, taste, hearing and touch. They can climb any rough surface making them excellent climbers. They are also known to jump around 13 inches. Mice can fit through holes the size of a pencil eraser. If their head will fit, their body will fit.
In 1 year a single female can have 5 to 10 litters, each containing around 5 young. Mice give birth 2 to 3 weeks after mating and the young will be mature in 6 to 10 weeks. The life span is usually 9 to 12 months.
We provide rodent control in Albuquerque and rodent control in Rio Rancho by means of: trapping, baiting, and exclusion work. In the past century alone, more that 10 million people have died from rodent-borne diseases. Rodents found in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area harbor a wide range of parasites such as fleas, and ticks. Rodents can directly transmit deadly germs excreted through their urine and feces. Rodents shed hair daily leaving behind millions of fragments that could possibly contain deadly pathogens. Hantavirus is always a major concern.
Damage to structures is another concern. Mice teeth continue to grow, so if they don't chew things, such as wire, their teeth will "outgrow" their mouth. It is estimated that 25% of all fires caused by "unknown causes" are probably caused by rodents chewing gas lines, and wires.
We offer control for these pest in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque by trapping, exclusion work, baiting, and live trapping.
The Norway rat, also called the brown rat or sewer rat is a destructive pest found just about everywhere, from suburban to urban neighborhoods. They eat and contaminate food, damage property by chewing and burrowing around properties. They can also spread disease to humans and pets.
Norway rats are thick, brownish in color sometimes more on the grey side and weigh around 11 ounces. Adults can be 13 to 18 inches long including their tail. The tail is shorter than the head and body. Their fur is coarse and ruff looking. The belly can be grey to a yellow/white. The ears and tail are bald and have scales on them.
Norway rats are omnivorous and feed on almost anything that humans consume. they prefer to be near water. Norway rats require 1/2 to 1 ounce of water daily when feeding on dry food. It is rare to find them running around during the day however stress can cause them to come out of hiding. Rat litters range from around 6 to 12 young, which are born only 3 weeks after mating. Young rats can start to reproduce at around 3 months of age. The average female will have 4 to 6 litters in 1 year.