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Common types of Rodents

Common Types of Rodents

Although there are many different types of rodents, they all can largely have the same fatal impact on your business. Ecolab scientists’ best understand how to eliminate this risk through continued rodent research. The more we understand rodents, the better we can apply this knowledge to the advancements of equipment and service protocols to develop the winning playbook to apprehend rodents in their tracks. Below you can see the most common rodents that you should keep an eye out for.

A close up image of two Norway Rats

Norway Rat

Rattus norvegicus

With a large, bulky body and small eyes and ears, the Norway rat is brown with coarse fur and a grayish-brown belly. Its tail is scaly and shorter than the approximately 16-inch (40 cm) length of its head and body.

House Mouse (Mus musculus)

House Mouse

Mus Musculus

Small, with a slender body, the house mouse is about 2-3 inches (5-7 cm) long with a tail that adds another 3 to 4 inches (7-10 cm). Usually light brown to gray, this mouse has small black eyes, a pointed snout and large ears.

The Roof Rat (Rattus rattus)

The Roof Rat

Rattus rattus

Black in color with a grayish belly and prominent eyes and ears, the roof rat is sleek and slim. Averaging about 14-1/2 inches (35 cm) long, it is a bit shorter than the Norway rat, but its hairless tail is longer than its head and body. As its name indicates, it is more likely to be found high in the facility.

A field mouse (APODEMUS SYLVATICUS) is a common type of rodent

Field Mouse

Apodemus sylvaticus

It is more likely to be found in in woods, fields and gardens and eats seeds, fruits and insects.The field mouse is about 7 to 10cm and is usually brown-russet on the back and white on the abdomen. It is a very good climber, it can easily enter buildings in winter and autumn. It can transmit various diseases such as hantaviruses pulmonary syndrome.

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Rodent Defense

The Science Behind Rodent Control. A winning playbook for rodent defense and food safety. 

Educating employees on rodent prevention
Because rodents are prolific breeders and rarely seen during the day or when operation is in full swing, an infestation can develop quickly and your employees need to know how to act quickly. 
Food safety against rodents

Whether your food facility is located in the frigid north or hot south, winter months mean cooling weather which can significantly impact rodent behavior.