Mice are no match for your Broken Arrow exterminator. These small rodents will find a way into your home if you allow them to. They’re looking for the three things that they need to survive. These things are a place to stay, a source of food and a source of water. All three these things can be found in your home if you’re not careful. So in order to keep these mammals out of your home, you need to understand as much as you can about mice and rats. In this article, let’s take a good hard look at mice and rats, their life cycle and what are you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect your home from these small rodents.


Rodents are often a vector for many different diseases. The black plague was one disease that was carried by rats. In the middle ages, Europe was ravaged by this terrible bacterial disease. Fleas would bite rats and then also bite humans. These rats carrying this disease, would pass the disease to the fleas, and then the fleas would pass it on to the humans. While the black plague is not completely eradicated, it’s only one of many different diseases that are passed around by mice and rats. These small rodents find themselves at the bottom of the food chain. They’re predicated by all sorts of different larger predators.

Because of this, they have to have ways of protecting themselves from these predators. One of the most prolific ways that they can do this is by reproducing very quickly. For instance, the mouse can go through its entire gestation period in 30 days. In a 30 day period it will give birth to a litter of 8 to 12 pups. Once the female has given birth, she is immediately ready to reproduce, and mate once again. That means that in a calendar year, one female mouse can have 12 litters. That’s over 150 mice produced by one mouse. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help with rodents.


In addition to being able to reproduce extremely quickly, these rodents are very agile. Mice can jump up to 12 to 18 inches, climb many different things and make their way through very small holes and cracks. They have a very rubbery skeleton that they can manipulate to get through just about any area that they need to. As long as they can get their head through a hole, they can find a way to get their body through. This means that a hole the size of a dime is big enough for them to be able to get through. Rats are the same way. If you can find a hole the size of a quarter, a rat can find its way through.

These rodents are also very good swimmers. While they cannot swim indefinitely, they can swim for long periods of time and long distances. There are some traps that actually use water as a way to eliminate mice and rats. In addition to this, they also have very good hearing. They can hear when predators are coming. It gives them the ability to run away quickly if a problem arises. They also have a very good sense of feeling, especially in their whiskers. When they run around a room, they will follow the wall while using their whiskers to feel as they go. This gives them the ability to understand their environment because they don’t really have a very good sense of vision. Their sense of feeling and hearing make up for that lack.  Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for more information.   


Mice also have a very good sense of smell. This gives them the ability to find food very quickly. Mice and rats love the food that we eat. While they can smell our scent on the processed foods and different things that we ship and having our homes, they don’t seem to care. They will chew through a bag in order to get to the processed foods inside it. Thicker plastic can protect things from mice and rats. Tupperware bins, and other things like this are adequate if you think you’re having a problem and want to protect your food from getting eaten by these rodents. 

As mice and rats run, they will often leave a trail of urine and feces. This is one way that you can tell if you have a problem. Mice and rats will use her sense of smell to follow that trail. The assumption is that if another mouse went this way, this must be a safe path to travel. Contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help.


Mice teeth are unique, in the fact that they continue to grow throughout the entirety of its life. The front of their teeth is covered with a hard enamel. The reason for this is as they chew, they will trim back their teeth. The hard enamel will wear away slower than the softer backside of their teeth, creating a sharp wedge like shape. Throughout their entire life, they will need to chew on things in order to trim back the length of their front teeth. If they don’t chew, the front teeth will actually grow to such a length that they will no longer be able to get food into their mouth. At this point they can starve to death if this happens.

If you’re having issues with mice or rats, or any other rodents then its time to contact your Broken Arrow exterminator for help. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with rodents or any other pests. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Prattville, Claremore, Sand Springs, Coweta, Sapulpa, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Turley, Bixby, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here for it to help!

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