Common Rodents in MD/DC/VA

The three rodents we see the most often in our area are the common House Mouse, Norway Rat, and the Roof Rat. Identification of the correct rodent species invading your home is a crucial first step for proper control. A thorough inspection of the home is also required in order to locate possible entry points, harboring sites, and any food and water sources. Senate Termite Control utilizes bait placement and/or non-toxic control measures to best suit your needs.

Common Types of Rodents

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House Mouse

(Mus musculus)

House mice are small and slender, measuring less than 4 inches in body length. The fur is generally grayish-brown with a white or light-colored belly. House mice are very good at climbing and can fit through dime-sized openings. They enjoy eating seeds, but will eat many different types of food if it is available.

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Norway Rat

(Rattus norvegicus)

Norway rats can reach a total length (including the tail) of 18 inches and weigh 1 lb. They prefer underground burrows, but can also be found in basements, waterfronts, and wood piles. They feed on a wide variety of foods – garbage, pet food, meat scraps, fruits, and vegetables. Norway rats are larger and more aggressive than their cousin, the Roof rat.

Also known as:
Sewer Rat or Wharf Rat

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Roof Rat

(Rattus rattus)

Roof rats are smaller and darker than Norway rats. They measure between 12 and 17 3/4 inches and can weigh up to 3/4 of a pound. Unlike Norway rats, Roof rats prefer to nest up high and are generally found in ivy, wild blackberry vines, attics, garages, and wood piles. Their diet mainly consists of seeds, nuts, fruits, but will also eat pet food if available.

Also known as:
Black Rat or Tree Rat

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