Norway rats, also called common rats or sewer rats, are found throughout the state. These large rodents are 7 to 9.5 inches long, with long, hairless tails. Outdoors, they can be found in places like fields and farmlands. Indoors, they tend to nest in basements or in piles of undisturbed materials.
House mice are also found throughout Ohio. They’re much smaller than rats, at only 2.5 to 3.7 inches long, not including their tails. In homes, they often hide in places like wood piles and rafters.
Red squirrels, gray squirrels, and fox squirrels are some other common rodents you could encounter. They’re easily identified by their bushy tails. When they move indoors, they can be found in attics.
With so many risks posed by rodents, it’s essential to keep them away from your home. To avoid attracting rodents, eliminate the food they need to survive.
- Remove food from your counters
- Store pantry goods in rodent-proof containers
- Wipe your kitchen counters regularly
- Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight
- Store trash in a heavy-duty container with a tight lid
Sealing up holes in your home’s exterior can also help keep out rodents, though you have to be thorough, because a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a nickel. Look for holes around doors, windows, and utility entry points.
If you’re concerned about rodents, the Cincinnati rodent control experts at TRS Extermination can help. Call us today for all your rodent control needs.