Central North Carolina is an outstanding state to live for dozens of reasons, such as a booming job economy, a plethora of hiking trails and outdoor parks, convenient highways for painless transportation, low business tax, a robust selection of top-notch restaurants, and more.

That said, do not let pesky rodents intrude on your hard-earned garden or landscaping materials at your precious North Carolina home or commercial business. Rodents are capable of transmitting and carrying diseases, destroying personal property such as wood porches and fences, and can also destroy entire gardens in an extremely short amount of time. If you feel as though you’re suffering from rodent infestation or have rodent-related questions, Stomp Pest Control is here to help! Be sure to check out our rodent extermination frequently asked questions page to learn more about how we’re able to make your life pest-free.

House Mice

  • Raleigh rodent exterminator Generally 2 1/2 – 3 3/4 inches long
  • Scientific name: Mus domesticus
  • Colorblind and unable to see beyond a few inches
  • Able to jump very high, sometimes up to 1 foot
  • Only eat small portions of food at a time
  • Tend to feed before dawn and after dusk
  • Tails range from 2.75- 4 inches long
  • Equipped with 4 legs and no antenna
  • Round and circular in shape with pointed muzzles
  • Can be found throughout the United States
  • Dusty and light gray in color with an off-white stomach, but have also been known to have light brown fur from time-to-time
  • Tend to feed on seeds, nuts, and several types of vegetation, but have also been known to eat insects
  • Considered extremely social aminals, as they have been known to split up into hierarchy-based groups
  • Have been known to fit in and socialize with other types of mice, but are threatened by strangers
  • Create territories for themselves that are typically between 3 and 6 feet in size give or take
  • Able to carry diseases and contaminate food, rat bite fever by biting (though this is extremely rare), as well as spread salmonella through their feces
  • Humans have been known to inhale dust with mouse feces which has been known to flare allergies up
  • Children have been known to suffer from allergies from ingesting small microdroplets of mouse urine
  • Can be expected to leave excessive gnaw marks, a urine-heavy odor, and 4-toed prints

Deer Mice

  • raleigh rodent extermination Generally 5 – 8 inches long, making them one of the larger species of mice in the United States
  • Scientific name: Peromyscus maniculates 
  • Equipped with 4 legs as well as a round, a circular shape, and numerous whiskers
  • Build small to medium-sized nests where they sleep and bring food back to before consuming
  • Can be found throughout the United States but are known to be more prevalent in the Southern states
  • Known to feed around dusk and dawn, feeding mainly on seeds, nuts, berries, fruits, and, at times, small and easy-to-catch insects
  • Known to nest in sheltered outdoor spaces including near fence posts, tree logs, haystacks, firewood stacks, and dismantled barns
  • In cooler climates, this species of mouse has been known to intrude into garages, sheds, vehicles, attics, basements, and even homes
  • Known to transmit the potentially fatal  Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome via contaminated urine

Norway Rat

  • Generally 7 – 10 inches long but have been known to grow larger in many cases
  • Scientific name: Rattus norvegicus
  • Equipped with 4 legs as well as a long oval-shaped body and numerous whiskers
  • Light brown and grey in color with sporadic black hairs throughout
  • Can be found throughout the United States
  • Mainly nocturnal and go to great lengths to feed themselves when food becomes low in supply
  • Have been known to gnaw and chew through several thick materials including PVC pipes and lead pipes
  • Strategically build burrows and nests closely together in order to support one another
  • Considered a very social species of rodent
  • Known to inhabit farmlands, hay fields, deserted garages, underneath and around porches, firewood piles, and under concrete slabs
  • Can gain access to a home or building through a hole the size of a quarter
  • Considered a nuisance due to their habit of gnawing and chewing through nearly anything
  • Able to initiate diseases including jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis, plague, and salmonellosis
  • Able to bring fleas into a home or establishment

Roof Rats

  • Generally 6 – 8 inches long with a tail that is between 6 – 8 inches long
  • Scientific name: Rattus rattus
  • Equipped with 4 legs, a long and slender body, and an uninviting, a scaly tail, and several whiskers
  • Developed their name from regularly finding shelter in upper parts or homes and establishments
  • Also referred to as ship rats or black rats
  • Can be found in the Coastal Southern states
  • Black and brown in color (mixed) with a gray or white underside
  • Tails have been known to be longer than their entire bodies at times
  • Leave droppings than are noticeably smaller than Norway rats’ droppings
  • Known to intrude and take over electrical wires and power sources, as they enjoy the abundance of heat

Gophers

  • Generally have body lengths of 6 – 8 inches with a tail or 1 – 2 inches
  • Scientific name: Geomyidae
  • Equipped with 4 legs, around and pudgy torso, and several whiskers
  • Have a lifespan of roughly 3 years
  • Can be found throughout the United States
  • Inhabit areas close to woodland, mountains, and the coast
  • Known to intrude on and ruin homeowners’ gardens by digging underneath sensitive areas where plants or crops are planted
  • Feed off of earthworms, grubs, roots, bulbs, and, at times, insects
  • Live in a burrow system they create for themselves, usually alonexfimg

Vole

  • Raleigh rodent exterminator company Generally 4 – 9 inches in length
  • Scientific name: Microtus spp.
  • Equipped with 4 short legs, compact and round bodies, small to medium-sized tails, and very dense fur
  • Also referred to as field mice and meadow mice
  • Can be found throughout the United States, primarily in the Northern states
  • Active during both the daytime and nighttime
  • Known to feed off of vegetation, crops, bark, seeds, grasses, roots, and even insects
  • Able to easily cause extensive damage to tree plantings, field crops, flowerbeds, orchards, and other planted vegetation
  • Fully capable of carrying and transmitting disease organisms such as plague and tularemia
  • Have ears and eyes that are not visible

What is the difference between a mole and a vole?

Moles build tunnels underground which enable them to store food, breed, and travel efficiently. This creation of tunnels makes the ground soft and easily dented when walked on, which os something homeowners and property owners strongly dislike. Vole, on the other hand, remain above ground. They create tunnels in grassy areas and are notrious for creating tunnels underneath snow in the winter seasons.

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