Rats and mice cause a massive loss of food worldwide. Besides eating our food, rodents spoil it by contamination with their feces, urine, or fur. They also cause damage to our buildings by their burrowing and gnawing activity. The word rodent actually means to "to gnaw". Rodents will gnaw through many types of materials in order to reach a location including lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminum siding and some concrete.
If your household or business on Cape Cod has a mouse or rat control problem, it's because of what's around and the ease of entry into your structure. Effective mouse and rat removal and control is about addressing those issues.
Anything edible lying about, inside or outside your building, is like putting out an invitation for a mouse or rat infestation. Apples fallen on the ground from an apple tree in your backyard is a perfect example. That can easily attract a mouse or rat onto your property, and once they're there, they'll wander looking for more food sources. That search will often bring them into your home or business. That's how easy it is for a mouse or rat control problem to start on Cape Cod. House mice prefer to eat seeds and insects, but will eat many kinds of food. They are excellent climbers and can jump up to a foot high, however, they are color blind and cannot see clearly beyond six inches.
The House Mouse is one of the most common pests in Massachusetts, and you'll usually find their homes in small boxed items or enclosed areas hidden away in dark places, but a mouse never likes to be further than 10-30 feet from its food. Residents of Cape Cod and throughout Massachusetts will usually start to see mice in their home during the fall looking for escape from the cold. A Rat, meanwhile, nests in dirt burrows that can be as far as 100-150 feet from its food source.