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Got a mouse
in your house?

Your life isn't a
dr. seuss book

The deer and house mouse are the most common reasons people call us for rodent control services here in Western Pennsylvania. Both mice are similar in that they enter structures during the colder months, but with the right conditions, they can be a problem all year round. They will look for nesting sites in homes, garages, sheds, stored RVs, and any other infrequently used vehicles, and they have almost limitless nesting opportunities outside of the home. Mice are known to get into kitchens and pantries, chewing into foodstuff as well as pet foods that we keep around the house. Mice will also feed on insects, seeds, nuts, berries, small fruits, and fungus.

Mice vs. Rats

Mice

Mice communicate with their droppings - gross right? They leave trails of droppings along their routes of travel and in areas of food, indicating to other mice safe routes of travel and good food sources. To make an infestation even worse, females can have a new litter as quickly as every 19 days, and they like to nest within 30 feet of their food source. Deer mice can be of serious medical concern as they are the primary carriers of hantavirus, which is transmitted primarily by the inhalation of dust particles contaminated with the urine or feces from infected deer mice.

Rats

While there are several types of rats, the most common that we encounter in Pennsylvania are Norway Rats. These rats tend to live in burrows underground, or in rubble close to basements and sewers. A female rat can have a new litter every 23 days, and rats can travel up to 400 feet from their nest looking for food sources. If you are not sure whether you have a mouse or rat problem, the easiest indicator is their droppings. Rat droppings are typically a 1/2″ to 3/4″ long (much larger than mouse droppings). Similar to mice, rats will also communicate with each other with their droppings and trails.

Boo's Mice & rat
treatment solutions

Rodents are trapped

Prevent rodents from
entering your home

Our approach to mice and rats is to stop them from coming into the house by trapping them outside of the house.  We install bait stations around the perimeter of your home and we visit on a regular schedule to replace the bat traps.

The unwanted potential home guests ingest the bait and die outside of your home before they become a problem for you.

The advantages to our approach:

  • The problem is prevented ahead of time
  • The is no poison or trap set in the home so pets are not affected
  • Whichever spouse is afraid of seeing dead critters in traps is happy