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Problem
miceMice can cause damage by gnawing on baseboards, drywall and cupboard doors, chewing through the fabric on furniture and eat through wiring, creating a fire hazard. They can carry a wide variety of diseases including salmonella food contamination.

Identification
Adult mice measure between 6.5 to 9 cm and the tail measures from 7 to 10 cm. Their fur varies in coloring, the ears are bigger than those of rats, and they have small eyes and a pointy snout.

Detection
• Trail of excrements on the floor, counters or furniture.
• Holes in the walls
• Damage to food wrappings
• Dirty smudges and urine dribbles on floors along the baseboards.
• Scampering noises.

Propagation
Mice seek to get in the house in fall when it starts to get cold. When one mouse sets up house and begins to multiply, you might end up with 10 or 12, or more. They nest in any area where it’s warm and close to water and food sources.

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Problem
ratRats carry diseases that are health hazards to both humans and animals. They are dangerous because they eat and contaminate all types of food (fresh or spoiled) as well as damage and destroy property.

Identification
Common sewer rats measure between 18 and 25 cm and the tail reaches between 15 and 21 cm. They weigh between 200 and 500 g. Their fur is dull brown streaked with black hair, they have small eyes and ears, and a flattened snout.

Detection
• Trail of excrements, dirty smudges and urine dribbles on floors along the walls.
• Big gnaw marks with rough torn edges in wood, aluminum, copper or lead pipes, electrical wires, plastics and food containers.
• Burrows measuring around 3 inches wide found in the ground, along walls, under floors and foundations.
• Scampering noises.

Propagation
Rat nests are often found in dark moist places concealed in piles of debris or stored material, between walls and under floors. The brown rat can have up to five litters a year composed of at least halt-a-dozen pups. Block all points of entry and eliminate all food and water sources.