Blog: Delta’s three main rodents

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Rodents are cagey, vigilant and nocturnal animals. To outsmart these Delta residents and protect your home, you need to know what you’re dealing with and here are some helpful hints to help you recognize them.  

House mice nest in walls, attics, crawl spaces, woodpiles, garages, basements, storage places but they really like to hang out in the kitchen and pantry. Signs of house mice include food that has been left out and nibbled on, droppings similar to the size of rice and a musky odor they leave behind.

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Roof rats are smaller in appearance than their cousins the Norway rats. They are climbers of both trees and homes, nesting in attics, walls, appliances, garages, and in foliage like ivy and climbing vines. Signs of roof rats include grease marks, scampering and climbing noises, the smell of urine and feces on floors and insulation. These guys will eat almost anything.  

Norway rats are larger than the roof rats. They are known as burrowers, digging holes in the ground and spending a lot of time there. Like the roof rat, they like to nest in attics but will also be in basements, walls, woodpiles, sewers and in their burrows. Signs of these rats is the smell of their malodourous urine and tons of feces. Similar to the roof rats, these guys like to eat everything from grass seeds to fertilize

Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.

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