Which of these rodents do you want in your home?"
 

  Mickey? or A Real Mouse  
   
 
The truth is that rodents like rats and mice, are perjudicial animals that have caused more economic loss than any other form of vertebrate pest. Rats can spread indirectly a lot of harmful diseases to humans through food contamination; such as salmonella, leptospirosis, trichinosis, or fleas and mites or directly through rat bites that usually happen to infants and elderly people, and can develop "rat bite fever" or rabies.

Because rats have adapted to living around people, they can take over your home without you even noticing. They usually live in your attic or basement, but they can also settle in a bushy yard, storage shed, garage, pile of woods, etc.

They are very social and  like living in colonies with defined territories and  hierarchy.
 

They breed during the year and the gestation lasts about three weeks with a litter of 6 to 12 hairless pups that become furry and rat like in two weeks; they begin to eat solid foods at three weeks when it is about time to get trained by their mom in all rat behavior such as forage, exploration, food storage, escape and watch for danger. Young rats are sexually active in about three months and the average female has four to six litters per year, increasing the population quickly. They need about 1 oz. of food and ½ oz. of water or less to make it through the day and can easily get food supplies from your pets (dog food, cat foods, bird’s feeder, etc), unattended food, trash cans, seeds, fruits from your garden trees etc. Rats can eat nearly anything, but if they have a selection, they would prefer high quality foods.

 

Rats have highly developed senses of seeing, hearing, smell, taste and touch, they can climb straight up a wall or walk over electrical wires from the street service pole without any problems to reach their target, then using a "built in power tool" (gnawing) make openings of about 2 inches in diameter to go through any wood and settle inside your home. Rats can be detected by their droppings or clear evidence of their gnawing and sometimes foot prints too.

 
     
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