Identification:

  • Oversized Ears
  • Black bulging eyes
  • Sharp contrast of brownish fur with white underbelly
  • Bi-colored tail, white on the bottom, darker on the top

 

Behavior:

  • Lifespan: 2-24 months
  • Diet: insects, larvae, grains, seeds, almost anything. Known for caching large amounts of seeds to last for winter (since they don’t hibernate)
  • Sexual Maturity: 1-2 Months
  • Gestation Period: 19 days
  • Young in litter: 3-5
  • Liters per Year: 2-4

Control:

Installation of glue boards, snap traps and rodent stations are the common practices to control. Identify the active areas by inspecting the outer walls inside the structure. Also exterior inspection to all major utility lines into home, Also cracks & crevices under siding, weep holes, anchor bolts in basements. Call a St. Louis Pest Control professional for a Free Inspection & Estimate if you think that you are having a rodent issue.