The key to effective inspections is to identify the primary harborage, feeding and activity areas of rodents also known as "rodent zones". The rodent zones are those areas between the nest and food sources. Since finding rodent nests can feel like a game of hide and seek, we are providing you with a few tools to give you the leg up!

Below is a listing of the most common harborage sites utilized by the House Mouse, Norway Rat, and Roof Rat...

Top 10

House Mouse | Norways Rat | Roof Rat

Top 10 High Activity Areas of Rodents

House Mouse 

  • Secluded corners
  • Beneath cabinets
  • Furniture voids - couches, chairs, dressers
  • Bases of kitchen appliances - refrigerator, stove
  • Ceiling and wall voids near corners and heat sources
  • Top of basement and crawl space foundation walls
  • Cluttered, neglected office drawers in desks
  • Storage boxes in closets
  • Cluttered garages
  • Bases of water heaters
House Mouse

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Norway Rats 

  • Basements
  • Beneath wood piles
  • Near or beneath outside dog pens
  • Garage walls near heaters and stored food
  • Beneath low-lying decks
  • Beneath slab walkways
  • Within brick foundation wall voids
  • Beneath low-lying and cavernous shrubbery
  • Within 100 ft of dumpsters and garbage cans
  • Beneath slabs supporting food bins

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Roof Rats 

  • Attics
  • False ceiling areas
  • Within fruit trees
  • Wall and floor voids in upper floors
  • Within dead fronds of palm trees
  • Among overgrown vegetation along fence rows and utility poles
  • Within brick foundation wall voids
  • Beneath low-lying and cavernous shrubbery
  • Among utility lines connected to exterior of home
  • Beneath slab walkways

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