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Currently Markley's Pest Elimination can treat two types of rodent infestation: Mice and Rats. For rodents such as Squirrels, Opposums, Moles, Bats or other animals please contact your local animal control. We recommend speaking with Jim Wettstein of Action Wildlife Solutions: (309) 467-5422
 
 
 
Roof Rat - Roof rats, a.k.a. "Black Rats" is a long-tailed rodent indigenous to Asia but now common all over the world--especially in warmer climates. The roof rat is not always black. Its coloration can vary from light brown to black, but the belly hairs are usually tinted with white. Roof rats are so named because they are excellent climbers.   
 
Like all rats, roof rats are opportunistic scavengers that depend largely on human rubbish for survival. Furthermore they urinate and defecate often and without regard for their surroundings. Consequently they are carriers of several diseases. 
 
Roof rats are often found in trees, on latticework above patios and gardens, they gain access into buildings via utility lines and exhaust openings. They are largely nocturnal. 
 
 
 
 
 
Norway Rat -  The norway rat, a.k.a. "Brown Rat" is a long-tailed rodent indigenous to China but now the best and most common of all rats. Because the coloration of the norway and roof rat can be similair, the best way to distinguish between the two is to measure the tail aginst the body. Double the tail up against the back of the rat's corpse. If it reaches to the nose or beyond it is a roof rat, if it reaches only to the ears, it is a norway rat.
 
Norway Rats will eat almost anything and are highly intelligent. These two characteristics are responsible for their success as a species. They can squeeze through openings smaller than a dime and demonstrate social learning, passing knowledge on from one generation to the next. Norway rats are very poor climbers but quite agile in the water.
 
Like all rats, Norway Rats are carriers of disease. They reproduce quickly and can form single nests of up to 60 individuals. They nest in soils near water sources and will build these nests under dog-houses, garages and playfield structures if a water and food source are nearby. To prevent attracting these rats do not leave pet foods, water bowls or bird seeds outdoors.
 
 
 
 
 
House Mice -  House mice are small rodents no larger than four inches in body length with a black to light brown coat and a white underbelly. The ears and tail have little hair and appear pink.
 
House mice are usually seen during the early morning or evening hours. They do not like bright light and will avoid it. Because they live close to their food source they are often seen in kitchens and dining rooms. When they forage they stay close to baseboards. Their preferred diet is rich in grain and vegetable matter but they can survive on almost anything--including their own feces.
 
While mice are considered less a health threat to humans than rats, they still carry disease. They will chew through food packaging and structural woods. They expell waste frequently regardless of their surroundings. Because of their small size, they require an opening only as large as a thimble to get into homes.
 
 
 
 
Field Mice -  Field mice (a.k.a. Meadow Voles) are very small nocturnal rodents distinguished from true mice by their chubby build, short tails, and small ears kept beneath a soft coat of brown or black fur. They prefer living in open fields with extensive grass and leaf cover as this hides them from natural predators like cats and hawks. In the winter they will nest on the surface of the ground beneath the snow.
 
Field mice eat grasses, seeds, vegetables and grain. They reprodice very quickly, producing up to 12 litters each year. Their life expectancy is the wild is quite short. Most field mice do not live more than 100 days.
 
Field mice are exceptional swimmers and also capable of burrowing extensive networks of underground burrows. In territorial disputes, or when threatened, the field mouse will stamp its hand feet. The females are very territorial and will grow quite aggressive during mating cycles.
 
 
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Markley's Pest Elimination, Inc. is a family owned and operated business with over 25 years experience specializing in the removal of insect and small rodent infestations for both commercial and residential clients.