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Common Types of Rodents





Roof Rat and Norway Rat – The Norway rat is the least common rat in Nevada. Identified by the tail being shorter than the length of the body. Their color varies from grey brown on the back and gray white on the belly. The Roof rat is more common in the Las Vegas area than in Reno. Identified by the tail being the head and body with large ears. From the tail to the nose their length can vary from 11” to 18”.


Desert Woodrat – Also commonly known as the Packrat. They have large eyes and hair covered ears .Colored yellowish brown to grayish brown on top and gray below. Their tail is bi colored dark on top and white below and their feet are white. Primarily nocturnal when they are not feeding they are gathering debris for their nesting sites in burrows.



House mouse – The house mouse is the most common rodent in the Reno area. They have large ears and a pointed muzzle and are typically grayish. Commonly found indoors they are also well adapted to living outdoors. Populations often move indoors when weather becomes severe. They have poor eyesight and are colorblind but have a keen sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch. They use their sense of smell to find food and recognize other mice.



Deer Mouse – The deer mouse is a host of the Hantavirus. The Hantavirus is a viral illness transmitted from saliva, feces, or urine of infected animals. Typically the infection is caused from inhalation of the virus and causes severe respiratory illness that can result in death in about 30% of its victims. The deer mouse can be identified by its distinct markings having a bi colored tail the upper half tan gray and lower half white.


If you are having a rodent problem in Reno and the surrounding areas, call us today at 775-332-0604