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RODENTS

There are many rodents common to Colorado.
If you are seeing signs of rodents in your house, garage, or yard, give us a call.
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MICE AND RATS

Mice and rats are some of the most common rodents. If you have mice or rats in your house, garage or office, they can be controlled and, in most cases, eliminated. Call our office and allow our professionals an opportunity to end your mouse infestation. Whether you have only one mouse, or many, it's a problem we take seriously. You DO NOT have to live with mice!

Mice are a small rodent - 2 to 4 inches long with a tail the same length as the body. They are covered with gray, brown or white fur.

House mice look different than Deer mice. Deer mice are the species that carry hantavirus (A virus that can be contracted by humans and can be fatal. Deer mice are slightly larger than house mice and have large eyes and ears. A Deer mouse has a tail covered with short, fine hair that is dark on the end and white near the body.

Rats are a larger rodent - 5 to 10 inches long with a long, thin tail that has no fur. Rats are covered with fur, the same as mice, they are just bigger.

Mice and Rats can be controlled and even eliminated from your home or office. The key to eliminating mice inside a structure is finding their point of entry and effectively sealing it up. At the time the structure is being sealed, non-toxic glue boards can be placed inside to catch and eliminate the mice inside, while bait stations can be placed outside to eliminate the mice outside living in the immediate area.

Sealing mice out: The one material mice cannot chew through is steel wool. You can purchase steel wool at the hardware store in bulk. If you have found a hole the mice are coming in through, before you patch it up with drywall or wood, seal it off with steel wool. Another place to use steel wool is around plumbing pipes going in and out of the house or especially going between apartments.

More about mice: Mice breed throughout the year. The female produces a litter between 2 and 13 mice, with the average being 5 to 6 mice. They carry their young for 18 to 21 days. Well fed mice are more productive. Depending on conditions, mice can live up to two years.

In their native habitat, mice feed on seeds and eat small amounts many times a day. The domesticated house mouse will eat nearly any kind of food. They are very fond of seeds, nuts and peanut butter. If cereals and grains are available to them, they will eat them over other foods.

POCKET GOPHERS AND VOLES

Two common rodents in the Denver, Colorado area are pocket gophers and voles. Both of these animals cause a great deal of damage in yards. (In general we do not have moles in and around the Denver area). Fortunately both pocket gophers and voles can be treated.

will dig tunnels and leave mounds of dirt in your yard. Unlike in the picture, you usually won't actually see the gopher. Click on the link under picture to see what the pocket gopher mound looks like.

These rodents feed on roots they encounter when digging their tunnels. They will also feed on vegetation above ground near their tunnel. They particularly like above ground vegetation when it is green. Many shrubs, bushes and trees will be clipped just above ground.

Pocket Gophers usually construct one to three mounds per day (this can vary), with most activity occuring in spring and fall.

Unfortunately pocket gophers also cause a lot of damage to landscaping and are best treated early with a follow up twice a year.

More Information On Pocket Gophers:

Pocket Gophers usually breed in the spring and produce one litter of 1 to 10 young after about 20 days of gestation.

They reduce the productivity of native grasslands on which they are found by 20 to 50 percent.

These rodents feed on shrubs, bushes and trees. Unfortunately voles cause extensive damage to ornamental plants, trees and shrubs, as well as lawns and golf courses. They prefer the bark of young trees but will feed on any tree when food is scarce.Most damage occurs in the winter when voles are under the protection of the snow.If you see any vole damage in your Denver area yard, contact us to set up an appointment. We do services in Denver and surrounding towns and cities.

More Information On Voles:
Voles are a small rodent that measure 4 to 8.5 inches long and weigh 1 to 3 ounces. They range in color from brown to gray.Voles are active day and night all year - they do not hibernate. They live between 2 and 16 months. Vole population usually peaks every three to five years.They have three to six young per litter and between 3 and 12 litters per year. They carry their young from 20 to 23 days and breed almost year round.

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