roof ratsGeneral Information:

Rats and mice attack our food in a variety of ways and places. Such places are farm fields, orchards, and livestock facilities, during its processing, storage and transport, and while it is in our supermarkets, restaurants and homes. And what the rats and mice don’t eat, they spoil by contaminating it with their urine, feces, or fur. Experts estimate that rats and mice destroy enough food each year to feed 200 million people.
In buildings, rodents damage doors, floors, ceilings and walls as a result of their burrowing and gnawing activity.

house mouseRodents have been responsible for the spread of various diseases to people and domestic animals. Some of those diseases are the Plague, which killed 25,000,000 people in Europe during the 14th century, Murine typhus, Rickettsial pox, Salmonellosis (food poisoning), Rat-bite fever, Weils disease or leptospirosis.


The Bugyman Exterminators does not offer a “liquid” or “spray” that will repel rodents, but we do offer several options of control, please visit our Rodent Management Services page  for more details.

Roof RatHouse MouseDeer Mouse
General Appearance
Adult SizeSleek, GracefulSmall, SlenderSmall, Round
Weight5-9 oz1/2 – 1 oz1/2 – 1 oz
Head & Body6 – 8 in2 – 3.5 in3 – 4 in
Tail7 – 10 in3 – 4 in2 – 2.5 in
EarsLarge, Nearly Naked, Can be pulled over eyesLarge, Some HairLarge, Sparse Fur
EyesLarge, ProminentSmallLarge, Black, Protruding
TailUniformly DarkUniformly DarkSharply Bicolor
FurGrey to black, SmoothLight Brown, Light Gray, SmoothBrown with white feet and underbelly
DroppingsSpindle shaped, .5 inRod shaped, .5 inPointed end, Dark in color
SightPoor, Color BlindPoor, Color BlindKeen
Smell, Taste, HearingExcellentExcellentExcellent
Foodomnivorous; especially fruits, nuts, grains vegetables; .5-1 oz dayomnivorous, prefers cereal grains; .1 oz per dayomnivore, insects, seeds, fruits, flowers, nuts 1/10 oz
Water15-30 ml/day3-9 ml/day; can subsist Without free waterutilizes moisture in food
Feeding Habitsshy to new objects; steady eaterinquisitive; nibblerstores or caches food, nibbler
Climbingvery agile, active climbergood climbermost time on the ground, but adept climber
Nestswalls, attics, treeswithin buildings, stored foodburrow
Home range radius98-164 ft10-33 ft10-30 feet
Age at mating (months)2-31.5-21-2
Breeding seasonspring and fall peaksyear longyear long, more in warmer months
Gestation period (days)221920
Young per litter4-83-74-6
Litters per year4-682-4
Length of life1 year1 year1-2 years