Arizona is home to a lot of rodents, which include roof rats, mice and pack rats. Although these rodents have different sizes and nesting habits they can all cause damage to homes and spread disease through their rummaging. These rodents are known to chew on wires and pipes in the home. Most of these Arizona rodents, which are nocturnal, are active at night and then sleep in their nests throughout the day. This makes it harder for homeowners and pest control professionals to detect rodent infestations.
Arizona homeowners who believe their home may have been infested with rodents should call a pest control specialist as soon as possible. For homes with children, it is particularly important to have rodents removed as they can transmit serious diseases like Hanta Virus or Salmonella.
The most common place for the pack rat is in central Arizona’s desert areas. The three main types that are found in Central Arizona include the Mexican, Whitethroat, and Stephen’s packs rat. The pack rat’s tail is covered with fur, unlike other types. It is common to use this furry tail and its white feet and underbelly to identify the packrat. They are approximately six to eight inches tall and larger. Due to the layers of urine, feces and other waste that line their storage areas and communal living areas, these rats can pose a risk to human health.
House mice are dependent on humans for shelter and food. House mice can be found in Arizona outbuildings and houses. These mice are smaller than rats, making them easier to recognize. A typical house mouse will have a gray coat and an underbelly that is off-white. A typical house mouse can produce approximately 50 droppings per days, even though they only consume one-tenth to an ounce of food each day. This is a common reason for contamination of products around their homes.
Roof rats are also known as black rats due to their distinctive dark brown or black color. The roof rat’s long, hairless tail is well-known. It measures more than half its body. Roof rats can measure up to 18 inches in length when measured with their tail. Because they nest in higher levels of the home such as the ceiling and attic, the roof rat is known by its name. They can nest in trees, woodpiles, debris, dense vegetation, or other natural places like trees and shrubs. They usually enter homes by walking on the roof and attic adjacent electric wires.