The Rodents of South Florida
If you have rats or mice in your Coral Springs home, then call our pest control service to eliminate the problem. Where there’s one, there’s probably more not too far away.
You should know that there are three basic categories or varieties of common rats and mice found in South Florida. These are the Florida house mice, Norway rats and Roof rats.
The Florida House Mouse
The hair of this rodent has a distinct tan or may appear to be light brown in color. They also have characteristic large ears with small, black and bead-like eyes. Their length can vary from 5 to 7 inches with their tails being about 3 to 3.5 inches. Most of the activities of these mice are nocturnal. Grains form a huge part of their diet, with rice and cereals featuring prominently.
They usually use cardboard, paper and various other fibrous materials to build their nests. The nests give out a musky order that is quite distinctive. In the nest, a single female mouse can have several litters in a year. The total number ranges from 25 to 50. The house mice have a short lifespan and only live for a period of about one year.
The house mice pose a danger to humans because they contaminate the sources of food for humans. This can lead to the transmission of illnesses and diseases. Additionally, structural damage to property may result from mice infestation.
The Norway rat is also common in South Florida. It is also called the brown rat or the common rat. Their fur is brown and reddish-gray in with the belly being grey or white in color. These rats are significantly larger than the house mouse. Adult rats can be up to a foot long and weigh up to one pound. Their tails are short and have small ears.
Being scavengers, the Norway rats feed on virtually all types of food. They have a preference for the freshest food and food that may be readily available. They thrive in the garbage found in residential areas because they get a constant supply of food. These rats make use of fibrous materials when it comes to nesting. They can also burrow and nest in the lower areas and floors of buildings.
These rats are carriers of plagues and other diseases. The spread of plagues in the past occurred as a result of infectious contact between rats and humans. The illnesses can be spread through their fecal matter, rat bites and fleas that are found on their fur.
Florida Roof Rats
These rats are also called the ship rats or the black rats. They have a distinct long tail and their fur is very dark or black. It is typically smaller than the Norway rat. When their tail is included however, they are about the same length. Their ears are also larger than those of the Norway rat. They primarily feed on vegetables, fruit and cereals and require an ample supply of water to survive.
Just like the Norway rats, the roof rats are a danger to human life because they spread diseases. They also gnaw insulation and electrical wiring. This may make the electrical wiring of your house to be prone to electrical fires.
Regardless of the type of rat or mouse, we know you simply want it out of your house. Give us a call and we can solve this problem…954-906-9118