The small rodent is a House Mouse.

Customer Rat Email: We live along the gulf coast of Texas and have a big problem. We have a Norway Rat living on our patio. I have torn eveyrthing away from our patio and cannot find it. We have nothing for it to eat. We have no barebecue grill. We have no open grass seed. We have nothing so I have no idea what it is eating and there has to be a food source. Last night the ugly thing dropped right down in front of me and ray across the wooden part of our patio. We put our rat food, rat traps and glud traps. No bite at all. I have dogs so have to be cautious even though we are always outside when they are. We saw this thing about a year ago but thought we had gotten rid of it. Went to the side of the house and it was living under an old oil changing can. The only other thing I know is to pull up all the block around the house to see if it is living under any. We will be moving and do not want to end up taking this thing with us. We need to get rid of it. Any suggestions? Please help?

My Answer: Well, I think that if you move, you probably won't end up taking the rat with you. But if you want to be really sure, you're just going to have to persist with the trapping, and try a variety of traps, baits, and techniques.

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There are three kinds of rodents commonly found inside buildings (in the attics, walls, and even inside the living space). They are the Roof Rat (Rattus rattus), which is also called the Black Rat, then there's the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Brown Rat, and the House Mouse (Mus musculus). Roof Rats are more common in the south, such as Florida, where I work. The above photo is of a Roof Rat. They are very common inside attics. The Norway Rat is more common in the northern section of the United States. The Norways are more commonly found underground, in subways and sewers and such. The House Mouse is found everywhere, but seems more common in the north. All of these rodents thrive in urban areas and love to live in human buildings and houses. They use human garbage (and pantries) as sources of food. All of these rodents are carriers of several diseases that can infect humans and pets. They contaminate homes and attics. The only way to permanently solve a rat problem is to find out how the rodents are gaining access to the inside of the building, and fix those openings. Then the remaining rats inside have to be trapped and removed. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Rats page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as rats. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or rat control issues.

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