Our field scientists spend a lot of time outdoors and get to see a lot of different animals. Listed below are the four species they work with exclusively for our research. They have 30+ years of combined experience studying rodent behaviors and lifestyles.
Deer mice are common in Wisconsin, especially in rural areas, animal barns, farms, wooded lots and near wood piles. Adult deer mice are easily recognizable by their striking orange fur and white underbelly. Their name comes from their coat similarity to the white-tailed deer and from their magnificent jumping ability.
House mice are commonly seen inside of houses and garages, but are also found outside in the yard or around wood piles. They are grey with large ears and pointed faces. The mice themselves are quite shy, but often leave behind an incriminating trail of chew marks and droppings.
Norway rats are avid diggers and can make short work of a shed, chicken coop, or garage foundation with their immense tunnel systems. Rats avoid contact with people so you are not likely to see one; however, if you notice fresh burrow holes and bags of animal feed chewed open, it might be time to give us a call.
Several species of voles are found throughout the state of Wisconsin. They are often confused for mice due to the similar size and coloration, but two distinguishing features are their short tails and flattened ears. Voles are infamous for their destruction of plants in the garden and tunneling around the yard.