Food and shelter are the primary reasons for rats and mice to enter a home. Three types of common rodents found in Memphis are the Roof Rat, Norway rat, and House Mouse.
The house mouse is secretive and therefore comes out at night. They can climb any rough vertical surface and can jump 12 inches vertically. The preferred food indoors is dry pet food or grain products. They are light brown to gray in color, and their tail is as long as the head and body combined.
Roof rats, or black rats, are excellent climbers. They like to nest in attics, inside walls or in trees. Their preferred method of entry is by tree or power line. They eat fruit, human food or pet food. The fur color is usually brown and black mix, smooth, and soft. Their tails, typically scaly in appearance, is longer than the head and body combined.
Norway rats are commonly found in Memphis area sewers. Their ability to swim under water for 30 seconds enables them to enter homes through toilet pipes. They like to eat meat and fish, but they will also eat human or pet food. They are usually a grayish-brown mix, but are hard to identify by color alone. Their tails are shorter than their bodies.
*Quick Tips – Rodent Control in Memphis*
- Remove piles of lumber or trash.
- Do not keep firewood stacked for long periods.
- Keep pet food and bird seed in rodent-proof glass or metal containers.
- Pick up fallen fruit from trees.
- Secure trash can lids.
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