“Don’t Rat Me Out” – A Mouse’s Tale

By:

Robin Mountjoy

July 7, 2015

There you are, standing only a few feet from the entrance of your home. You’re returning from a long day of work – or it’s a lovely Sunday afternoon – who knows, what do I care? It’s my time to shine; my 15 seconds of fame. Here I go…3, 2, 1…screams, panic, disgust! From her reaction, my scurry was a success. But wait, did she just call me a rat? I’m a mouse, folks. I know we have our similarities, but I’d like to inform you of a few differences in our appearance.  

For starters, I’m much smaller (and cuter). While I’m a healthy 30 grams at 3-4 inches long, my much larger counterpart weighs in at an average of 350-450 grams for females and 450-650 grams for males at 9-11 inches long. I hate to brag, but my biggest accomplishment was right after my birthday. When I turned 10 weeks old and was fully matured, I squeezed into a space the size of a dime right in downtown DC. Rats would never be able to do that – they bow at anything smaller than a quarter.

Snack Time

Anyways, back to me. I love to eat, and I eat often. I eat about 15-20 times a day. Contrary to popular belief, and years of movie and television experience, I don’t actually like cheese. I’m technically an omnivore. Living near humans has introduced me to a whole new world of food; you don’t know how good you have it!

I favor grains, seeds, and nuts, but once I’m home, I’ll eat anything you have to offer. Not like those guys who incorporate garbage into their daily meals. I also love foods high in fat and protein – who doesn’t love butter, bacon, and meat?

I’m not above gnawing on aluminum and asphalt either. Throw in some wood and we’re in paradise! When food is plentiful, my team and I can cause many months of damage, especially behind walls and inside cabinets.

Home Sweet Home

Given the information above, I won’t be offended if you don’t want me around. We like to build our nests in dark and protective environments (think your garage or basement), and while my kind enters a home on the ground level, rats enter through basements or other underground entrances. Start by sealing holes on the outside of your home – I recommend quick dry cement – and using metal screenings to cover ventilation openings. Rats also like damp, dark environments; ensuring openings for water pipes, sewer pipes, and drains are tightly sealed is essential for future prevention.

Pay extra attention to the kitchen or other areas where food is kept as well. I suggest storing dry foods in glass or metal jars that you can seal, as I can easily chew my way through plastic bags. Remember, I come to your home in search of food and warmth – especially in the colder months. Removing access to my food source will force me to find other suitable hosts.

My Biggest Foe

Truthfully, your efforts might not be enough. If you find yourself with a rodent infestation, call Connor’s. They will identify the problem and prevent my friends from entering in the future. They’ll also follow up to ensure that we’ve all packed up and left.

Connor’s has multiple service plans as well – including a one-time rodent service or a year-round monitoring and control. I can’t lie, it’s been great living with you, but if you want me out, Connor’s will remove my team at a reasonable price. 

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