Welcome to the American Rat Control learning center. We encourage you to learn more about pests, including identification and prevention.

Though there are a host of pests that infest homes and businesses, most of the pests in California that do the damage are the rats and rodents. To ensure that you don’t miss the signs of these, it is good to know a few facts about them. Here are some of the common pests:

Roof Rats: Better known as the Rattus Rattus, these 6 to 8 inch rodents are smaller than the Norway Rats and weight around 6 to 12 oz. They have a tail length of 7 to 10 inches while the body is small and sleek with a pointed nose. The total lifespan of the rats is around 6 to 18 months.

Norway Rats: Termed as Rattus Norvegicus, it is hard to identify on the basis of color as it varies from grey-brown to dark brown. It is much larger than the roof rats and weight nearly 16 oz. as a full grown rat. The total length is about 8 to 10 inches with an equally long tail. The droppings are dark in color and found in groups.

Mole: Moles that burrow in your garden are gray or silvery gray in color while weighing 3 to 6 oz. They are 5 to 8 inches in length and 1 inch for the length of the tail. They have thick, short bodies. Moles have a velvety fur and have sharp claws. The lifespan is 2 to 3 years.

Vole: Though these rodents look similar to mice, voles are scientifically termed as microtus pennsylvanicus. They are 4 to 7 inches in length, while the tail is 1 inch long and weight 0.5 to 1 oz. The round, stocky body does not have too much fur. They have a lifespan of 2 months to 18 months; they breed rapidly.

Gopher: Usually gophers are pale brown to shades of dark gray in color, with a 4-inch tail. These rodents are 5 to 14 inches in length and weight around 7 to 14 oz. The lifespan of these rodents is 1 to 3 years. With short neck, flattened head, they have long front teeth and marked sharp claws on the front feet, for digging. Their diet consists of alfalfa, trees, bulbs, plants.

Now that you are aware of most of the physical appearance of the rodents that might inhabit your home or office, it can become easy to identify them. All rodents are harbingers of diseases and can be a health hazard to your family or employees. Thus, it is best to call in the specialists at American Rat Control Service and get the most affordable prices in California. Please check back soon for more information and please visit our health advisories page to learn more about rodent and pest risks to your family and home.

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