RODENTS

Rodents are the group of mammals who have a pair of long front teeth (incisors) that continue to grow throughout their life. Rodents belong to the class of Rodentia which specifically includes all the small mammals having long incisors. These animals use their long teeth for gnawing and that’s how they cause so much trouble wherever they go.
Have you ever seen a rodent? Well, you encounter rodents on a daily basis within your surroundings. The most common rodents that you see are hamsters, rats, mice, guinea pigs and squirrels. They wander around your house jumping from one corner to the other causing potential health hazards.¹

What Do Rodents Eat?

Rodents are like all other animals. They are omnivores so they can feed upon both plants and other animal products. Most rodents rely on plant-based foods because it is easy to find and doesn’t involve any fighting or capturing. But rodents like mice or rats have a more carnivore nature. They love eating meat products. They can easily attack and capture their prey when they’re hungry.
With their strong ever-growing sharp teeth, rodents can easily chew through any hard stuff. No matter what comes in the way, wood, wire, leather, etc rodents can bore a hole in almost anything.²

Where Do Rodents Live?

Rodents usually have very crafty nature and extremely flexible bodies. They can easily dive into thin holes or fit into small spaces, trying to get to the food source.
Rodents usually live inside the earth. They drill down holes in the ground and live inside. They often come out to seek food and wander around. They prefer their shelters to be compact and cozy. In the surroundings of humans, rodents usually live in the basement, cabinets or the attic.¹

The Life Cycle Of Rodents:

Learning about the lifecycle of rodents can help you understand why rodents are dangerous. The maturation and gestation period of rodents vary based on their species.

  • Mice have a very short maturation period. They quickly reach to their sexual maturity age which is just 4-8 weeks. Their gestation period is also very short i.e., in only three weeks. Moreover, a single mother is capable of giving birth to 5 to 6 new babies.

 

  • House rats have a longer maturation period than mice. They take 8-12 weeks to reach their sexually maturity age. But their gestation period is equally short as mice i.e., about 3 weeks. A rat mother gives birth to 4-8 babies per litter.

Rodents living indoors receive a sound supply of food and shelter without any risk of predators. So, they can breed more comfortably all year as compared to outdoor rodents. Moreover, Rodents can breed throughout their lifecycle which is why they can cause harm more quickly than you think.³

How to Prevent Rodents from Causing Harm?

Once you figure out which type of rodents are populating your house, you should immediately take action. You can either use mouse traps or poison baits to kill them. But if their growth has gone out of control, it’s better to call the pest control exterminator. Professional rodent control team has special equipment and effective methods that can eliminate your rodent problem from the very root.⁴

References

  1. Harkness JE et al. 1994. Small rodents. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 1994 Jan;24(1):89-102.
  2. Htwe NM, Singleton GR, Maw PP. et al. 2017 Post-harvest impacts of rodents in Myanmar; how much rice do they eat and damage? Pest Manag Sci. 2017 Feb;73(2):318-324.
  3. Marchlewska-Koj A. et al. 1997. Sociogenic stress and rodent reproduction. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 1997 Sep;21(5):699-703.
  4. Mohan Rao A. et al. 2006. Preventive measures for leptospirosis: rodent control. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2006 Oct;24(4):325-8.

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