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Identifying Your Rodent Problem

Identifying Your Rodent Problem: Squirrels vs. Mice

Find yourself hearing the telltale sound of scratching at night? Chances are, you may have a rodent problem.

But what kind of rodent is it?

To the untrained eye, mice and squirrels can leave behind very similar clues. However, when it comes to extermination, it’s important to know exactly what you’re dealing with so you can treat it as efficiently as possible. Mice and squirrels are two common rodents found throughout North America, and both of these mischievous little critters can do considerable damage to your home if left to their own devices.

Squirrels, for example, can be particularly harmful when it comes to your home’s electric cables. It’s quite common for squirrels who have decided to nest in your home to chew through wires in your walls and crawl spaces like your attic. And, because a squirrel nest can house up to seven squirrels at a time, you can only imagine the amount of damage that can be done.
Mice can also be quite troublesome creatures. Due to their small size and the fact that they are constantly feeding throughout the day, Mice leave fecal droppings just about everywhere they go. Due to their tiny stature, they can live in tiny, hidden spaces (such as inside your walls – thus, the scratching) that are hard to access.
Arguably, the worst part about these two creatures is the fact that both can be carriers for a wide variety of diseases such as typhus, ringworm, and even the bubonic plague – yep, you read that right, the black plague.

So, How Do I Tell Them Apart?

There are a few different observational approaches you can take to tell these two pests apart. The first (and typically easiest) method is by analyzing the droppings they leave behind. Because squirrels are larger animals than mice, the size of their droppings will be, as a result, much bigger. Where mice have droppings that are approximately the size of a grain of rice, squirrels leave behind droppings that are closer to the size of a bean.

The time of day at which you hear scratching can also be an indicator of whether or not you have squirrels or mice. Squirrels are most active during the day while mice are predominately nocturnal. So, if the scratching you hear comes primarily at night, you can probably bet you’re dealing with mice. Make sure to keep an eye out for possible points of entry; damage along the roof line, missing shingles, and crevices in outer panels can make for easy “doorways” for pests. Significant claw and/or bit marks are likely signs that you’re dealing with squirrels – especially if the point of entry is higher off the ground (e.g. your roof). Points of entry that are close to the ground, such as cracks in your home’s foundation, are far more likely to be used by mice.

What Can I Do to Stop the Infestation?

Luckily, the internet can offer a lot of great resources and instructions on how to get rid of pests. That being said, there is no piece of advice greater than this one: call a professional exterminator.
While, sure, doing your own extermination might be budget-friendly, you run the risk of actually making the problem worse. And, don’t forget, both mice and squirrels can be carriers for diseases – and this includes feces that’s been left behind. Both squirrel and mice feces can carry bacterial diseases like salmonella, so you’ll need to handle the cleanup with care and precision. For this reason, it’s always best to bring in the experts.

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Renee A
16:14 14 Jun 19
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Tamara Kramer
15:12 08 Jun 19
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22:12 23 May 19
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Mel Hawl
22:54 26 Apr 19
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15:39 23 Apr 19
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18:43 15 Apr 19
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13:41 25 Mar 19
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Julie Widiker
Julie Widiker
19:39 01 Feb 19
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Sara DeNardo
20:17 14 Jan 19
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Laura Gush
Laura Gush
10:44 09 Jan 19
Pest control for bedbugs for apartment complex. Have been dealing with bedbugs for about 7/8 months now. Initially heat and chemically "treated" did a few follow up appts and never showed up for the last couple that they said they would. Fewer bedbugs and the duration that they'd be seen after went from upwards of 10 every day down to 1 or 2 bedbugs every 2 weeks to a month (just thought maybe they were single straddlers". Anyway, bedbugs started coming more frequently again and in increasing numbers again, so apt management was notified and Pest control guy came, had an attitude (not to mention, this particular employee seemed always to have an attitude any time he did actually come to do his job) about "why" he was just now hearing about them again after 6 months. And I told him, well, they weren't coming so frequently anymore until now, plus you never showed up for the last couple "follow ups" he looked around and asked "where are you seeing them?" I said, what does that matter, we are seeing them and they need to be treated. Well, he didn't treat anything that day and was "supposed to" come back a couple days later and never showed. So now I have to continuously go to apartment management who are only here 3 days per week for a total of 12 hours (4 hrs each day). Another week passes and apartment management said that "Pest control had come" I said, no they absolutely did not. If they did, they didn't come to my apartment. They also claim the initial heat/chemical treatment doesn't kill the bedbug eggs. That doesn't seem right either. I bet if they had to live with bedbugs they'd treat theirs real quick....Update: they came and were completely professional. Fabulous the last times to treat the bed bugs. Just a shame it couldn't have been treated the first time. Thank you!read more
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00:37 04 Nov 18
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