What are Rodents?

The term “rodent” encompasses both mice and rats. Rodents are night-traveling creatures, known to eat and contaminate food as well as damage buildings and other property by gnawing and burrowing in structures. They may also spread diseases (such as salmonella) that affect people and pets.

Mice are commonly found in homes and can live for up to 18 months. They range in length from 5 to 8 inches and can weigh up to 1 ounce. Females can produce anywhere from 36 to 192 offspring per year. Rats, specifically the Norway Rat, are commonly found in urban and suburban areas of North America. They range in length from 13 to 18 inches and can weigh up to 11 ounces. Females can produce anywhere from 35 to 85 offspring annually; the average rat will live up to a little under a year. Rats have been known to transmit disease such as the plague and tuberculosis.

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