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How to identify a mouse infestation?

  • Visible traces of excrement along the walls, or under the kitchen or bathroom sinks;

  • Scratching noises, scampering in the walls at night;

  • Discovery of bitten, gnawed objects;

  • Vines or trees that touch your property, including through the roof;

  • Boxes and packaging of notched foods;

  • These are the most common signs of rodents in your home, this should alert you that a mouse infestation is possible

Rodents Carry Diseases

Just like insects, rodents are pests and are often the vectors of diseases that are present in their feces, urine and saliva and can be a major danger to your health.

 

Rodents feed on your reserves and munch on food from your pantry. They soil their urine and feces with everything on their way: kitchen counter, linen, food, etc.

 

They imbue their environment with foul smells. They are often heard walking around late at night or very early in the morning or even at night, when everything is peaceful in the house.

 

Unfortunately, it sometimes happens that they gnaw on the sheath of the electric wires, leaving them bare and this could cause a risk of fire.

 

There are very effective ways to combat them, however their implementation is always tricky and can be dangerous for people and pets.

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THE GRAY MOUSE

(Mus musculus)

Like insects, rodents are pests and are often also called house mice, house mice. The body of the common mouse is covered with gray hairs, lighter on the belly, except the tips of the legs, the ears, the tip of the muzzle and the tail.

 

It is a nocturnal animal, generally rather fearful, which often lives near or in human habitations. In the common mouse, the reproduction takes place all year long. Sexual maturity is reached around the age of five to six weeks.

 

A female can give birth to 5 to 15 litters per year. The gestation period is 18 to 21 days and there are generally between 5 and 12 pups per litter. Vectors of diseases which are present in their excrement, urine and saliva and can be a major danger to your health. Rodents feed on your reserves and munch on food from your pantry. They soil their urine and feces with everything on their way: kitchen counter, linen, food, etc. They imbue their environment with foul smells.

 

They are often heard walking around late at night or very early in the morning or even at night, when everything is peaceful in the house. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens that they gnaw on the sheath of the electric wires, leaving them bare and this could cause a risk of fire. There are very effective ways to combat them, however their implementation is always tricky and can be dangerous for people and pets.

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BROWN RAT, SEWER RAT

(Rattus norvegicus)

Also called Norway rat or sewer rat, this large gray rat, native to Asia, measures 20 to 25 cm and weighs approximately 350 g. The body is stocky, the muzzle short, the ears small, the tail is shorter than the head and the body.

 

This aggressive animal lives in colonies, it likes humid places (edges of streams or rivers, cellars, sewers). It moves along tracks that can be recognized by the fatty deposits that it leaves by friction on grasses, soil, walls, etc.

 

We can also recognize this rat by its excrement, the faeces are oval, in the shape of an olive stone. In the brown rat, sexual maturity occurs between 50 and 60 days after birth.

 

The brown rat is an extremely prolific animal. A single female can give birth to around sixty pups per year. The spleen gives birth on average from 6 to 12 pups per litter.

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THE MOLE

(Condylura cristata)

Its length reaches approximately 20 centimeters, the tail totaling a third. It owes its epithet of "star" to the very characteristic shape of its muzzle.

 

The Condylure with a star nose is all gray. It has a total length of 16.2 to 23.8 cm including a tail 6 to 9.2 cm long.

 

Its feet measure between 15 and 32 mm4. Its muzzle, which measures 1 cm in width, has the shape of a bare disc with 22 symmetrical tentacles; these are not organs of smell, but rather tactile organs which can move in all directions and which are used to explore the environment or to look for food.

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