Palos Verdes Estates Rats and Mice
Rats and mice belong to a group of animals called rodentia or rodents. Rodents, which also includes beavers and squirrels, have teeth that constantly grow like our fingernails. When you have rats in the walls or rats in the attic, you hear scratching or chewing or gnawing because rats and mice like to chew wood, paper or plastic and sometimes electrical wires, to file down their teeth the same way we might file our fingernails.
Rats or mice in your home or car can be very destructive. It is better to trap and remove rats and mice than to use poison. Rat traps and mouse traps eliminate them where they can’t be removed. With poisons, rats and mice may die in a wall, under a kitchen or bathroom cabinet or in any other structure where they cannot be removed. A dead rat will emit a putrid odor for about two weeks.
The two main differences between rats and mice are size and location.
Mice are tiny, with a body only 2 and 1/2 inches in length and their droppings are smaller than a grain of rice. Mice do not climb up high into attics. Mice do climb up on stoves, kitchen cabinets and bathroom sink cabinets. Mice get in closets, drawers, pantries, garages, cars and sheds.
Rats are larger, usually 5 to 10 inches long and 4 to 5 times larger than mice. Rats are great climbers. No doubt you have heard terms such as tree rats, wire rats, roof rats, wharf rats, etc. Rats climb inside walls, up stucco, chimneys, vines, plumbing pipes, etc. Rats in the attic are at times so loud that the sound like possums or raccoons. It is even creepier to have rats in the house eating fruit or cookies off your dining table or kitchen counter.
Please call us to have any rats or mice removed quickly, before they multiply and become even bigger problems.