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Proper rodent identification is one of the most important steps to getting rid of infestation.

Rodent, Mice and Rat

Learn More About Rodent, Mice and Rats

Rodents have a distinctive sense of smell, hearing, and sight. They are nocturnal species, usually with large eyes and commonly attracted to ultra violet lights. Most rodent species in Singapore have long tail, sensitive whiskers. Some species of rodents even have pouches in their cheeks.

Hid well under the fur and can be turn inside out for pushing food out or cleaning. In most species, the tongue are not able to reach beyond the incisors. Rodents have an amazing gut digestive systems, that are able to absorb close to 80% of ingested energy. They practice coprophagy, by eating its own faeces they get the guts to absorb the nutrients.

Rats are generally warm blooded animals, inhabit every part of the world. They belong to the order Rodentia, which is the largest order of mammals. Rat infestations are one of the most common pest problems globally. They are disgusting and often associated with illnesses such as streptobacillary rat bite fever and spirillary rat bite fever.

Rat infestations are a prevalent pest issue globally, known for their unsanitary nature and the inconvenience they cause. Getting a Professional Pest Control Services is your best bet to rid of your rodent problem permanently.

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Lifecycle, Diet & All

Rodent Characteristic

Learn to Know When you Will Need Rodent Control Services

Signs of Rodent Infestation

Around the world, there are at least 1,500 species of rodents to exist. Most of us are familiar with rats and mice, while some consider them as “pets”. A common problem in areas with poor trash management.


The house mice dropping are the smallest among the three. Just like their body size compared to the others. Rat control specialist can identify the type of rodent is infesting your home just by looking at the dropping size. Obviously, the bigger the rodent, the bigger the dropping size.


Rodents are bait shy for example, they will not eat a whole loaf of bread. And instead, will start chewing the packaging consuming small bites each time. You will notice evidence of multiple rat bite marks or chewing signs on the food packaging over time.

Live Presence

Rodents breed throughout the year and will hide in a seclude nesting area for reproduction. They often shred materials like paper, cardboard, and cushion sponge to build their nests. Act accordingly when you observe these activities.

Smear & Foot Prints

The marks of rats foot print are normally extremely dirty, most infected rat carries harmful diseases. They will leave marks when they rub against the wall or, squeezing themselves into any opening to enter your home.

These are the types of Rodents commonly found in Singapore

Types Of Rodents

Listed are the few types of rats species that are causing problems for homes and businesses in Singapore. More specifically, these three:

Roof Rats

The most challenging type of rodent to rid of as they live above ground. Meaning, how to stop rats where humans cannot access to set bait station. They are also nocturnal and are one of the most agile among the rodent family. While norway rats find burrows underground to hide, roof rats harbour on locations such as ceiling, attics and false wall.

They are excellent climbers, anywhere above ground will represent an ideal location for them to harbour. They still need accessibility to water source to survive and populate. They are also smaller in size, and their tail is longer than their body. Once they reach adulthood, their head and body length can measure 6 to 8 inches.

Their tail can be as long as 7 to 10 inches, they can grow to up to 16 inches long. They are black in colour and have a pointy face. Roof rats reach sexual maturity within 2 to 3 months. They can have about 3-4 litters in a year, a litter can consist of 4 to 8 young.

They have smooth fur, their tails are actually scaly and commonly found in the coastal areas. They gained the name “ship rat”, some refer to them as “black rats”. Additionally, they have poor eyesight but compensate by their excellent hearing, smell, touch and taste.

House Mice

Also known as house mouse and often found near human dwellings especially in United States North America. They spend the day exploring properties to become familiar with their surroundings. These mice typically enter a property through small openings about the size of a 50-cent coin to scavenge pet food or garbage bins. Despite being smaller than roof rats and Norway rats, house mice are often mistaken for young roof rats.

They have a grey colouration and can grow up to 10 cm in length. These mice can reach sexual maturity in just one month and produce around 6-10 litters per year.

Norway Rats

They live on the lower ground and also known as "sewer rat" or "brown rat". These rat live in burrows, drains, sewerage and even field. They has poor vision and colour blind. Not agile but they are capable to run, jump, climb and swim causing a significant property damage when they gnaw. 

Norway rats are greyish-brown in colour with lighter under part tone on their body and tails shorter than their body size. Their eyes, ears are small, head and body length is about 7 to 9 inches, tails measuring 7 inches and reach 16 inches long. They reach sexual maturity within 2-3 months. They can have about 4-7 litters per year with each litter consists of 8-12 young.

Additionally, their gestation only takes them about 3 weeks. They have shaggy fur, their ears and tails are scaly. They have the abilities to squeeze through small holes.


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