Rodents also enter through:

Mice are breeding machines.

The gestation period is between 19-21 days, and then the female gives birth. Typically, she has 5-6 “pups,” but it’s not unusual to see as many as 12 in a litter. One female mouse can give birth to 5-10 litters a year.

What's more, females begin to breed at 6 weeks of age. Worse, she can mate immediately after giving birth. That means she can give birth to another litter 25 days after giving birth to her first litter. This is a continuous birthing process until the mother dies.

By that time, her offspring have given birth to a few litters, too. And those litters are also starting to breed. 

the lifespan of mice is about 12 months. Indoors, without natural predators, that number can stretch to 2-3 years.

In no time at all, rodent control can become difficult, if not impossible.

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  • Rodent runway
  • Rodent nests
  • Scampering noises
  • Unusual pet behavior
  • Castor oil
  • Cow Dung
  • Baby powder
  • Steel wool to patch holes
  • Cat or cat urine
  • Humane traps

The most common signs are urine and mouse droppings. Rodents love to mark their territory. Plus, it’s how they communicate with each other. It tells others where to find available food.

If a mice infestation is left for a long period of time, the rodents create what is called urine pillars. This is a result of mice continually urinating in the same spot, which eventually leads to a urine build up.

Urine pillars are nothing more than towers of urine and grease from mouse fur. 

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 Roof Rats will scale utility poles, cables, plants, and shrubbery to get inside of your house.

And then there are your cupboards. Can’t figure out how mice got in there? The back of your refrigerator is the perfect climbing venue for mice. Not only that, but it allows them easy access to leftovers, or any other food, left on a kitchen counter top.

And, as hard as it is to believe, rats can also slide into extremely tight gaps, fit into holes the size of a quarter, and even gaps only ¾” wide. They also dwell in very small nooks and crannies, from crawl spaces, attics to walls and ceilings.

Because rats need more moisture than what they can get from food, they are not usually as much of a problem as mice indoors.

These are just 13 ways to repel or kill rodents. There are many more!

  • Ammonia
  • Mothballs
  • Pepper
  • Onions
  • Bay leaf
  • Models of owls and snakes
  • Peppermint oil

The Black Rat, also called the Roof Rat, is very agile and often finds a way into your home through its namesake, the roof.

Rodents seek food, shelter, and warmth. Determined creatures, they will scale walls, climb ladders, swim through sewers (and come up through your commode), and walk across wires, just to get inside your home.

  • Mice can easily scale walls 6’ high
  • They will squeeze through holes the size of a pencil
  • Mice can jump as high as 6”- 7”
  • Rats can jump 2.5’ vertically and almost 4’ horizontally

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  • Mouse droppings
  • Gnawed holes
  • Gnawed marks and rub marks
  • Rodent runway
  • Rodent nests
  • Scampering noises
  • Unusual pet behavior



  • Holes left unplugged around new or old piping
  • Gaps in basement
  • Air vents
  • Structural defects such as a damaged roof or floor
  • Drain pipes—rats can swim and often live in sewers and drains

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How  to Get Rid of Rodents Naturally


Sure signs of a mice infestation are:

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What are the Signs of A Mouse Problem?

If your efforts to eliminate your rodent problem aren’t working, it’s time to call the pros at Augusta Exterminating.

We’ve had years of experience getting rid of rats, mice, and even squirrels.

Our pest control solutions are safe around pets and your family. They are also very effective in killing rodents.

You can be assured that the job will be done professionally and thoroughly.

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When to Call A Professional Exterminator to Kill Rodents

Rats need water to drink. So, if you live near a river, stream, or lake, or even have a large fish pond in your yard, you could have rat problems.

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Other sure signs of a mice infestation are:

  • Mouse droppings
  • Gnawed holes
  • Gnawed marks and rub marks