There are many rodents common to Colorado.
If you are seeing signs of rodents in your house, garage, or yard,
give us a call.
We can take care of the problem!
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.