There are over 4,000 species of rodents. Squirrels, chipmunks, porcupines and beavers are all categorized as rodents, but most people think of mice and rats when they hear the word rodents. Mice and rats are four legged fury mammals with large teeth. They can squeeze into holes the size of coins and often enter homes in the fall to get out of the cold. Rodents can cause destruction to personal property and farms. Mice and rats also spread diseases. One deadly disease spread by rodents is the Hantavirus. A human can catch this disease by breathing air around infected rodent feces. Finding rodent feces may indicate that you have a problem. The sound of a rodent’s teeth and claws as well as their squeak may be another indicator. It is best to stay away from rats and mice outdoors. If you see mice or rats in your home, do not try to handle the problem on your own. They are difficult to control because they reproduce quickly and they contaminate everything they touch. Call a pest control professional for assistance.
Mice are found all over the United States and are known to spread disease. Deer mice and house mice are two common species.