What are the types of rodents that invade properties
Some of the most common rodents that invade properties and can pose health risks and cause property damage include:
· The common house mouse (Mus Musculus): The house mouse usually appears in a shade of gray, has a round body measuring 3 to 4 inches long and has round black eyes. Females generate dozens of offspring per year; therefore minor intrusions can quickly develop into major infestations.
· The deer mouse (Peromyscus Maniculatus): Slightly larger than the house mouse, deer mice have brown fur and a hairless tail. The deer mouse is most common in the eastern US and is a carrier of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.
· Roof rats (Rattus rattus): Commonly referred to as a “black” or “ship” rat, the roof rat is known for having excellent climbing skills that allow the species to infiltrate structures from roofs or other upper areas. Roof rats have a body length of 6 to 8 inches and a tail that exceeds its body length.
· Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus): The Norway rat usually has brown fur with a few black hairs, a body that is 6 to 8 inches long, and a tail of about the same length. Unlike the roof rat, the Norway rat stays at ground levels.
· Squirrels: Including their tail, squirrels usually exceed 15 inches in length and these creatures are good climbers. Some of the most common species include the flying squirrel, gray squirrel and fox squirrel.
Although most rodents are unlikely to be aggressive towards humans, these pests will frequently enter homes looking for food or shelter during colder months.