Why Are Rodents Difficult to Control

Why Are Rodents Difficult to Control

Think you could never have a rodent control problem? Think again. There is this perception that rats and mice live in dirty, abandoned, or unkempt spaces. But the truth is, even in the cleanest homes, rodent control can still be a difficult task. Why is that? Mice and rats are relatively smart and able creatures, with habits and lifestyles that can make them very difficult to manage. But with a fuller understanding of their nature and habits, you’ll be better equipped to control these crafty rodents!

Rodent coming out of a hole in the floorboards

Common Household Rodents

The house mouse is the most common household rodent, and at  1/2 -1 oz, it’s the smallest in size. Roof rats are another commonly sighted household rodent and are often mistaken for a mouse because at 5-9 oz, they are relatively small in stature. The larger residential rodent is the norway rat, which can be between 7-18 oz in weight. Rats are very cautious and shrewd creatures, whereas mice are more curious in nature.

Their small size and ability to fit through extremely tight spaces is one reason why these rodents are tough to control. Both of these rodents can squeeze through the narrowest cracks in your home- 1/4 inch for mice and 1/2 inch for rats!

Tip: Thoroughly check all walls and baseboards for cracks or gaps and fill them in! See info on rodent proofing and sealing here: https://greenratcontrol.com/rodent-control/rodent-proofing/.

Hole in the floorboards that has been gnawed away by a rodent


The word rodent literally means “to gnaw”. Mice and rats alike have the habit of burrowing and gnawing through a variety of residential materials to find a suitable home. Most people are aware that rodents can chew through woodwork and insulation. You’ll be shocked to discover that they are capable of gnawing their way through so much more- lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminum siding and even some concrete!

Tip: You may not be able to see rodents when they are trying to gnaw their way around, but often you can hear them. Schedule a rodent control professional to assess the situation at the first sounds of gnawing and you’ll prevent potential damage and the rodents from spreading. Visit https://greenratcontrol.com/rodent-control/ to schedule a consultation.


Rodents prefer to nest tight, warm, hidden places. This is tricky because they’ll nest in spaces you rarely see (the attic) or that you can’t even access (in between the walls). Rodents normally have a limited range of motion. Rats habitually move within a range of 98 to 164 ft. and a house mouse within 10 to 33 ft from where they nest. However, if they become comfortable in the space, their range of movement will increase.

Tip: Don’t wait until it’s too late! Find and eliminate the rodents’ nest while their range of motion is still small. This will minimize the scope of damage to your home.

Nocturnal Activity

Rats and mice are nocturnal creatures. Nearly all of their activity- burrowing, gnawing, foraging for food- happens while you sleep. That is why it is entirely possible that you could have a rodent, or rodent infestation that has gone unnoticed. Rodents are rarely seen during waking hours. You are more likely to identify a rodent problem by finding other clues, such as rodent droppings. Keep an eye out for them in the kitchen around low cabinets or baseboards, and in rarely disturbed storage spaces.

Tip: Rodent feces, droppings, and urine can carry harmful diseases. If you come into contact with them, wash hands thoroughly. Next, contact rodent control experts. They’ll have the proper protective gear to eliminate all hazards from your home safely. Read more information at removal-https://greenratcontrol.com/rodent-control/rat-control-rodent-removal/animal-waste-removal/.

No doubt about it, rodents control is though! But knowledge is power, and armed with the right information and help of rodent control professionals, you can successfully protect your home.

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