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Dealing with Mice, Rats or Other Rodents?
Check out these fast facts about mice, rats and rodents.
Mice, rats and other rodents can be a pain if they’re in your house. They can carry disease and parasites and leave dropping just about anywhere they go. They can damage food, furniture, walls, and just about anything else they can get their sharp teeth on.
Check out these facts facts about mice, rats and other rodents.
What Do Rats & Mice Eat?
In the wild, mice are herbivores so live off fruits, seeds and grains. Indoors, mice will look for these types of food so cereals are an especially tasty treat for mice. However, mice will scrounge for anything they can get their paws on, so don’t be surprised to find chew holes in garbage bags and any other types of food they can reach.
Do Mice Eat Paper?
If you find chewed up paper in your home, it’s not because the mouse has been eating it, it is because the mouse is gathering materials for it’s nest. Mice build nests in protective places that are hard for humans to reach. They chew on things around your home and take them back to their nest for padding and insulation.
How Many Babies Do Mice Have?
Mice give birth to litters of 3 to 14 babies – called a mouse pup or pinky – up to 10 times per year. That means that if mice do set up a nest in your home, it’s important to get rid of them completely otherwise the problem can quickly grow.
Are Rats Dirty Animals?
Rats get a bad rap for being ugly, dirty and mean animals, but they’re actually quite clean and caring animals. They can spend several hours a day cleaning and grooming themselves, and rats will take care of injured or sick rats in their group.
How Many Babies Do Rats Have?
A typical rat litter size can be as few as one pup or as many as 20, but the typical litter size is between 8 – 12 pups. The average pregnant female rat – called a dam – can have between four and six litters per years, so just like mice, a rat in your home can quickly become an infestation.