Rodents in Massachusetts
Identifying Rodents in Massachusetts Homes
House mice, deer mice, and Norway rats are all common species of rodents in Massachusetts. Finding grain-size droppings, gnawed open food packages, or chewed wires are key indicators of mouse and rat infestations. Since all rodents have the ability to carry a variety of diseases, homeowners should be on guard.
They also spread mites, ticks, and fleas. In addition to the house mouse, Massachusetts is home to white-footed or North American deer mice. These rodents spread Hantavirus, a potentially fatal disease.
Norway rats, also known as brown rats, are found throughout Massachusetts. They invade homes in search of stored food and trash. These rodents can carry rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and murine typhus, which all threaten human health.