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Rodent control: definition and description of different rodents

The presence of rodents such as rats and mice in your environment can cause serious problems for your health, safety and comfort. That’s why Pamther is here to provide you with effective pest control services in the Var and Alpes-Maritimes departments.

Rodent species

Before we look at pest control solutions, it’s important to understand the different species of rodents you may encounter. Among the most common are :

The surmulot, also known as the sewer rat, is a pest rodent. It is 19 to 26 cm long, with a gray coat, rounded snout, small ears and a more massive body than the black rat. Originally from Central Asia, it has spread throughout the world thanks to maritime transport. The surmulot is amphibious and can live in the wild as well as in urban areas. It generally makes its home in cellars, the lower parts of houses, sewers and drains. Because of its size and strength, it can crowd out other rodent species.

The black rat is another rodent pest to be found in the region. It is smaller than the Norway rat, with a head and body length ranging from 15 to 22 cm. It has a brown or black coat, large ears and a tail longer than its body. Unlike the Norway rat, the black rat prefers to live high up, in attics, loft spaces and trees. It is an agile climber and can cause considerable damage by gnawing on electrical wires, pipes and building materials.

The house mouse is a very common rodent in the home. They measure around 7 to 10 cm in length, with gray or brown fur and large ears. Mice are prolific, reproducing rapidly and can cause massive infestations. They squeeze through small openings and hide in walls, attics, cellars and storage spaces. In addition to their physical nuisance, they can spread diseases that are dangerous to humans.


Length (head + body): 12 to 15 cm, with tail slightly shorter than head + body.
Weight: 80 to 115 g.
Appearance: Gray fur, round ears, black eyes and bushy tail.
Lifespan: Up to 6 years.
Reproduction: 2 to 8 young per litter and 1 litter/year.
Gestation period: 30 to 32 days.
Habitat : Forest
Diet: Frugivore and carnivore, with a preference for fruit.

The dormouse resembles a small squirrel, with gray fur and silver highlights. It has round ears, large black eyes and a bushy tail. It lives in deciduous forests and often in orchards close to homes.

  • Length (head + body): 12 to 15 cm, with tail slightly shorter than head + body.
    Weight: 60 to 140g.
    Appearance: Brown fur on back, white on belly, large ears.
    Breeding: 2 to 8 young per litter and 1 litter/year.
    Gestation period: 30 to 32 days.
    Habitat: Nests high up in holes in trees and walls.
    Diet: Frugivore and carnivore (small insects or chicks) with a preference for fruit.

    They will break into attics and attack insulation to build their nests. They are noisy at night under roofs and are extremely shy.

Length (head + body): 8 to 10 cm.
Weight: 10 to 30g.
Appearance: Light gray-brown coat with tapered tail and large ears.
Breeding: 3 to 9 young per litter and 3 to 4 litters/year.
Habitat: Digs numerous burrows near buildings.
Diet: Omnivorous, with a preference for cereals. Can survive without water.

The field mouse digs numerous burrows 2 to 3 cm in diameter. They can be found in woods, fields, gardens and homes. They are jumpers. Lives discreetly in pairs.

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Professional pest control with Pamther

At Pamther, we have the expertise and solutions needed to effectively eliminate rodents from your environment. Our qualified team uses pest control techniques adapted to each situation.

A personalized approach for efficient disposal

Every rodent infestation is unique, which is why we offer a personalized approach to ensure effective elimination. After a thorough inspection of your property, we identify the species that are most likely to be present.

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