|TYPE OF RODENTS||DESCRIPTION|
|ROOF RAT ||Roof rat is slender and agile, and Its tail is longer than the head and body lengths combined. Its total length may reach 12 to 17 ¾ inches and can weigh up to about ¾ of a pound. Roof rat nests above ground and lives in ivy, wild blackberry vines, attics, garages, and wood piles. It will enter buildings if given the opportunity, and often use utility lines and fences as runways. It prefers to feed on fruits, nuts, ivy, and pet food commonly found in residential areas. Call today for rodent control for roof rats.|
|NORWAY RAT |
Alias: Sewer Rat/Wharf Rat
|Norway rat is larger and more aggressive than the roof rat. It has smaller eyes and ears than the roof rat, and its tail is shorter than the combined head and body length. Its total length may reach 18 inches and may weighs up to about 1 lb. Norway rat lives and nests in underground burrow system and is generally found in agricultural areas, creeks, sewers and occasionally developed neighborhoods. It can also live in buildings, basement, creek banks, waterfronts, under blackberry vines, under wood piles. It feeds on garbage, pet food, meat scraps, cereal grains, fruits and vegetables. Call today for professional rodent control.|
|HOUSE MOUSE ||House mouse is small, slender bodied, and the tail is longer than the length of its head and body. Its body size ranges from 2-1/2 to 3-4/5 inches long. Its body color is generally grayish brown with a gray or buff belly. House mouse are agile climbers and can fit through openings as small as ¼ inches in diameter. It eats many types of food, but prefers seeds and grain. It normally travels an area averaging 10 to 30 ft. in diameters. Call today for mouse and rat control as part of our GreenBelt Services rodent control package.|
General information about rodents
Mice and rats live in close association with humans. Rodents are nocturnal and tend to move indoors to warmer areas during late fall or early winter and return to the outdoors in late spring or early summer, or remain indoors if food and suitable harborage are available. Rodents generally have poor sense of vision, but they have acute sense of smell, touch, and taste. They tend to gnaw through any material that is softer than their enamel, and they are generally good climbers, jumpers, swimmers and burrowers. Rat and mouse rodent control before populations grow to large is a big advantage.
Signs of activity for rodent control
- Damaged, partially eaten fruits and nuts, such as walnuts, oranges, and other trees.
- Broken snail shells under bushes, on fences or near nesting sites.
- Signs of gnawing on plastic wood or rubber materials.
- Greasy rub marks caused by the rat’s oily fur coming in repeated contact with painted surfaces or wooden beams.
- Rodent droppings are usually signs of significant rodent activity. The droppings are randomly scattered and will normally be found close to a rat runway, feeding location, or near shelter. Also, droppings can be found in forced air heaters, swimming pool heater covers, and water heater closets.
- Sounds (gnawing, etc.) from attic, sub-floor areas and wall spaces.
- Visual Sightings on utility cables, tops of fences, or in trees.
- Burrows in the ground, and adjacent to sewer lines are signs of Norway rat activity.
Make sure you call GreenBelt Services today for professional rodent control. rat and mouse control is a necessary service in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Star, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding treasure valley.
Common entry for rodents
Steps to rodent control
Rat and mice survival depends upon the existence of 3 basic environmental factors: (1) Food, (2) Water, and (3) Harborage. Our plan will require some of you assistance with these categories.
STEP 1: Eliminate Food and Water
- Remove all potential sources of food from the premises, such as bird seed left out for birds. Routinely harvest ripe fruit and pick up all fruit that has fallen to the ground.
- Store pet food in metal containers with tight sealing lids and do not leave uneaten pet food outdoors.
- Avoid storing food in garages and storage sheds unless it is in rat-proof covered metal containers.
- Eliminate snails and pet feces since they are favorite food items.
- Keep trash cans closed at all time with tightly fitted lids.
- Repair leaking eliminate any other faucets, sprinklers, or other piping. Keep drain covers tightly fastened and unnecessary standing water.
STEP 2: Destroy Rats and mice
- Rats and mice should be trapped if they are inside a residence or building. Place traps near nesting areas or where rodents are likely to hide. Remember, eliminate placing traps where children or pets will disturb or be harmed by them.
- Remember, poisoning with baits indoors is NOT recommended because a rat may die inside the structure and create an odor and fly problem. GreenBelt does NOT use poison baits.
- Remove dead rats by placing animals in tightly sealed containers for proper disposal.
- Clean and disinfect the affected areas. We offer this service.
STEP 3: Eliminate Shelter & Harborage
- It is important to close all openings larger than ¼ inch to exclude rats and mice.
- Repair or replace damaged vent screens.
- Remove all trash and debris.|
- Stack woodpiles, lumber and household items at least 18 inches above the ground, and 12 inches away from fences and walls.
- Trim trees, bushes and vines at least 4 feet away from the roof.
- Remove heavy vegetation away from buildings and fences.
- Thin vegetation to allow daylight in and remove rat hiding places.
STEP 4: Maintain a Rat Free Property
- After rats have been reduced, prevent re-infestation by keeping harborage and food sources to a minimum.
Roof rats can enter even small exterior opening of a home. Important steps a homeowner can take are inspecting and repairing:
- Basement windows and ventilation ports.
- Attic vents and louvers.
- Gaps between roof and chimney.
- Tile roofs along the eaves
- Vent pipes and shafts.
Let GreenBelt Services Rodent-proof Your Building to Prevent Rodent Entry
- Close all openings larger than ¼ inch to exclude rats and mice.
- Repair or replace damaged vent screens.
- Screen vents, holes and overlapping roof with 16 or 20 gauge ¼ inch hardware cloth.
- Use sheet metal collars around pipe entrance on wooden walls.
- Use cement fill around pipe in brick, stone or stucco walls.
- Sub-floor crawlspace entry hole must be sealed with a door or a lid that will excel finger size objects.
- Removable lids should fit so that the lids must be lifted up to open.
- Use sheet metal edging along door bottoms to prevent entry and gnawing by rats.
- Repair broken or open building sewers to prevent sewer rats infesting property from broken or open sewers which connect to the main sanitary sewer where they may live.
Rodents and landscape
Many plants species harbor roof rats. Whenever possible, these plants should be replaced with species which achieve the desirable effects of ground cover, but will not contribute to the rat population. Characteristics GreenBelt Services will advice you to look for in a desirable ground cover are:
- Plants should be low growing, not more than 10 inches in height.
- They should not be climbers.
- Fruiting plants should not be used.
- Plants should provide soil stabilization.
- Plants should require a minimum amount of water once established.
- Once established, plants should be properly maintained.