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Types of rodents in Tennessee

Rodents encompass a vast and diverse group within the animal kingdom, with over 2,000 species worldwide. Their remarkable adaptability and widespread distribution across various habitats contribute to their significant presence. While thousands of rodent species exist globally, in Mid-South TN, there are four primary types commonly found:

  • Deer mice
  • House mice
  • Norway rats
  • Roof rats
Rodent graphic to identify different types - Inman-Murphy Pest Control serving Millington TN

Identifying a Rodent Infestation

Accurately identifying the specific type of rodent infestation is crucial for effective pest control and management. Each rodent species exhibits distinct behaviors, nesting preferences, dietary habits, and vulnerabilities to control methods. Here’s a closer look at the common rodents found in Mid-South TN:

  • Norway rats: Robust rodents characterized by brown or grayish-brown fur and a thick, heavyset body. They possess small ears and a blunt nose, excelling in digging and commonly found in burrows.
  • Roof rats: Sleek rodents with slender bodies, large ears, and notably long tails often exceeding their body length. Their fur ranges from black to brown, with a lighter underside, and they exhibit adept climbing abilities.
  • Deer mice: These small rodents inhabit diverse environments across North America, sporting brownish or reddish-brown fur with white bellies and feet. Notably, they are capable of transmitting the Hantavirus.
  • House mice: Among the most prevalent rodents globally, house mice feature slender bodies, pointed snouts, large ears, and long, thin tails. Their fur color varies from light brown to gray.

Other Rodent Species in Georgia

While rats and mice dominate rodent populations in Mid-South TN, numerous other species may also be found in your yard or home. From chipmunks and squirrels to gophers and porcupines, various rodents might infiltrate your yard or property. 

Should you encounter any type of rodent, don’t hesitate to contact Inman-Murphy, Inc. Since 1999, our licensed exterminators have been assisting homes and businesses across Mid-South TN in staying pest-free*. We offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique situation, backed by a satisfaction guarantee. Ready to tackle your rodent problem? Call us today!