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Common Mice & Rats in New Jersey

Mice In New Jersey

Mice infestations are extremely common in New Jersey and throughout the country. In fact, the National Pest Management Association reports that an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S. are invaded by mice and other rodents each winter! Although it is a common occurrence there are many threats posed by mice and a few mice in a home can turn into a major infestation in a short time. Consider these facts reported take from Pestworld.org:

  • Mice carry multiple diseases harmful to people. Hantavirus and Salmonella are commonly associated diseases transmitted to humans from mice urine and droppings.
  • A single house mouse will produce between 40 and 100 droppings per day.
  • A female house mouse can give birth when they are just two months old and produce up to 150 offspring in a single year, proving just how quickly a single mouse sighting can turn into a full-blown infestation in no time! 
  • Perhaps the most frightening statistic on mice is that they like to gnaw on electrical wires in a home. They are said to be responsible for up to 25% of house fires each year in the U.S.

Mice come in from the outside, mostly in the fall when the weather turns colder. They are in search of warmth, shelter, moisture and a food source. Your home or building provides the perfect environment for mice to thrive indoors and they are quite comfortable living among humans coming out at night in search of food.

Mice breed throughout the year, with as many as 6-20 litters of 2-15 per litter. This means that a healthy pair of adult mice can produce 100-130 young in just twelve (12) months inside of your home!

Preventing A Mouse Infestation In New Jersey 

Help tip you can do today to present against a mouse infestation include:

  • Seal and caulk gaps and openings into the home
  • Remove window air conditioning units, especially those on the lowers levels of the home
  • Clean up spills and crumbs quickly in the kitchen and other areas of the home
  • Seal food products including pet foods in plastic sealed containers

Take action at the first sign of an infestation! With rapid breeding abilities, a single mouse in the house can result in a full blow infestation in no time. Keep the garage door closed, particularly in colder weather. 

While there are many mouse control products on the market, control without a thorough understanding of mice habits can be extremely difficult without the help of a pest professional. And while you may be able to catch or bait mice, if you don’t identify the source in the home in which they are entering and exclude them the battle will be ongoing.

Rats In New Jersey 

Rats are typically happy to confine themselves to the outdoors. However, the recent weather events like Hurricane Sandy displaced many rats sending indoor populations skyrocketing. Rats pose all of the same dangers to have indoors as mice do and then some.

Roof Rats in New Jersey

Roof rats enter the upper part of a structure through holes as small as a half inch in diameter. They can infest a roof and the upper level of a home or building quickly posing fire hazards as they chew through insulation and into electrical wires. They are known to carry disease include the bubonic plague and carry fleas, ticks and other insects indoors.

Norway Rats in New Jersey

Norway rats can squeeze through a hole in a structure as small as a half inch. They pose a threat to properties in the same way that other rodent infestations do and prompt action is recommended when an infestation occurs. They are excellent climbers and look to enter a home as the weather cools in New Jersey in search of food sources inside.

Controlling Rats In Your New Jersey Home

Rats are extremely difficult to control with do-it-yourself measures and although baiting and glue traps may work to catch some rats the smell of a decomposing rat can be unbearable in a home and will attract flies and other pests. Working together with a pest professional is highly recommended.

The habits that attract mice to your home will also attract rats. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of an infestation:

  • Ensure that any holes or gaps in the roof or structure are sealed.
  • Never leave pet food bags open and in the home or garage. Always seal in a plastic, air-tight container to prevent rodents from being attracted to it. Never put pet food outdoors, it will attract rodents to the perimeter of your home or building.
  • Never store firewood up against a structure.
  • Clean up fruit tree droppings promptly around the perimeter of a structure.
  • Keep overhanging trees, high shrubs and debris clear from the perimeter of a home.
  • Address water issues promptly, repair damage and ensure that water drains away from a building and not at the foundation.
  • Ensure that garbage is properly sealed and inaccessible to rodents.