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Mice and Other Rodents:
Animals that may come indoors during winter include mice, rats,
squirrels, and sometimes even raccoons and opossums.
Rodents may come in through almost any opening - pet doors, holes in
walls, missing vent screens, openings around pipes, dryer ducts vents,
The roof may also be a handy highway into your home. Rats can climb
plants or trees that are too close to the house.
That's where roof rats get their name.
Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel.
Rats can squeeze through a space as small as a half dollar.
Rodents usually can spread diseases, including potentially lethal
hantavirus and arena virus.
In the U.S., rodents try to come inside from October through February.
An estimated that 21 million homes in the U.S. are invaded by rodents
each year winter.
House mice constantly give off hundreds of micro-droplets of urine as
they travel around their territory every day. A large medical research
study showed a protein in house mouse urine called mouse urinary
protein (MUP), caused allergies in 18% of the inner city children
You know you have rodents when you can hear scampering or gnawing
sounds late at night in the attic or behind walls.
Rodent droppings may be found in undisturbed areas of the house such as
pantries, attics, garages, under baseboards, and along walls.
Telltale signs of rodents' gnawing may be seen on packaged goods,
cardboard boxes, and walls near pipes and vents.
Inside, rodents can be very destructive. They chew through wallboards
and can eat through cardboard boxes, wood, and plaster.
Rodents gnaw on electrical wiring that could potentially cause an
Diseases associated with rodents
Rodents carry disease and fleas and leave waste.
Wild and domestic rodents have been reported to harbor and spread as
many as 200 human pathogens.
Rodents, primarily the harmless-looking deer mouse and pack rats, can
spread the potentially deadly hantavirus and arena virus.
Hantavirus was first identified when soldiers in the Korean War fell
ill with hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS).
Hantavirus is contracted primarily by inhaling airborne particles from
rodent droppings, urine or saliva left by infected rodents or through
direct contact with infected rodents.
The Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), while relatively rare, kills
nearly half the people who develop it.
After suffering from flu-like symptoms, victims of lethal cases of HPS
die quickly from severe lung damage.
Odorous House Ant Tapinoma sessile Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Formicidae Size: These ants are about 1/8-inch (3 mm) long. Color: Dark brown or black. These ants are most easily identified by the coconut or turpentine odor produced when their bodies are crushed. This odor gives this ant its name. Geographic Range: The odorous house ant is found throughout North America. Habitat: These ants nest outdoors under items on the ground, within landscape mulch, beneath loose bark on trees, under ground cover, in potted plants, and within piles of items, such as lumber, firewood, or bricks. Nests may readily be established inside homes, in walls, beneath carpeting, and other suitable voids or spaces. Food: Odorous house ants forage both night and day and eat many types of foods. They eat live and dead insects but are also very attracted to sweet foods. They especially like the honeydew that is produced by aphids and mealybugs. Many colonies of odorous house ants tend or herd aphids and mealybugs to collect the honeydew they excrete. Biology: Odorous house ants may develop huge colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens. This species may be difficult to control and does not feed much on ant baits. The keys to control are to find the colonies and subcolonies and treat them directly. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move in from neighboring properties Pete's Pest & Wildlife Control Offers pest control and exterminator solutions for the greater Portland and S.W. Washington areas.