Rodent control is an important aspect of maintaining your home, and it can get frustrating at times. Therefore, calling your local rodent control La Quinta or rodent control Palm Desert can be super helpful. They will be able to hear you out and address your issue with ease.

Following are a few of the common rodents and how to identify them in your home. The type of rodent extermination that will take place depends on what is infesting your living areas. Having some information ahead of time will not only help you talk to your exterminator, but it will also make the process go by much more quickly.


House Mouse

House mouse on green grass.


  • Dusty gray fur and a small, slender body characterize the house mouse. With large ears and protruding eyes, these mice are usually less than five inches long.


  • House mice leave thousands of droppings, even in small infestations. The fecal pellets they leave behind are dark, small, and pointed at both ends.
  • Gnaw marks may be present on corners, papers, and even plastic items.
  • It sounds like scratching or strange, musky odors can represent a mouse problem.


Norway Rat

Side view image of a Norway rat on red background.


  • Grayish brown or just gray to reddish brown are all colors that Norway rats can be. They are usually heavy and thick, with round noses and tails shorter than their body. With small ears and large eyes, these pests can be up to ten inches long.


  • Dropping from Norway Rats are typically dark colored, almost an inch in length, and have blunt ends.
  • Gnaw marks, much like for the house mouse, may be present on corners, wall studs, and more. They usually leave two-inch holes that have rough and torn edges.
  • Musty odor and noises can show that you have rats.


Deer Mouse

Deer mouse on a broken tree branch.

Deer mice can be carriers of dangerous diseases and should be dealt with cautiously. Hantavirus is a frequent problem when handling or inhaling feces or urine. If you think that you have deer mice, it is imperative that you get a handle on the situation.


  • They can be reddish-brown to golden brown, and white feet and chests, as well as a bi-colored tail. With large, protruding eyes, these mice have small heads and bodies but are usually larger than house mice.


  • Droppings are just like house mice droppings, with pointed ends and dark colored pellets.
  • Gnaw marks can be on anything from cereal boxes to books. Mouse holes are usually clean cut and about ½ inch large in diameter.
  • Musty odors and scratching noises may also indicate you have a mouse problem.


Roof Rat

Human hands holding a roof rat on a black background.


  • These rats are typically black to darkish brown gray and are smaller than the Norway rat. With thin, slender bodies and pointed noses, they can get up to eight inches in length.


  • Droppings from these rats are pointed at both ends and about ½ an inch long.
  • Just like the others, gnaw marks are common.
  • Odors and strange pet behavior can indicate a rat problem.


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