Fascinating but Scary Facts About Rodents

It’s that time of the season when rodents will be trying to find their way into your home to stay warm and cozy during the winter months.

Rodents, like mice and rats, can seem cute and cuddly in a Disney movie, but they can also be a menace to your property.   Here are some interesting facts about these critters:

  • Their teeth never stop growing. One of the defining characteristics of a rodent is a set of teeth that continuously grow over their lifetime.  Rodents always need something to gnaw on to keep their incisors trimmed, so that’s why they can cause so much damage.
  • A rat’s teeth and jaws can gnaw through substances as hard as lead sheeting and cinder block.
  • The fear of mice and rats is scientifically called “musophobia”, from the Lain word “mus” meaning “mouse”. It is also known as “murophobia”, from the word “murine”. This word comes from “Muridae”, the scientific term for the family of animals that includes mice and rats.
  • Mice and rats can spread at least 35 diseases to humans, according to the CDC. These diseases include salmonellosis, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever.  The infections may be spread through droppings, urine, saliva, rodent bites, or through fleas or ticks that have fed on an infected rodent.
  • A female mouse can have up to 15 litters in one year, and can get pregnant again 24 hours after giving birth. For one mouse, the average litter size is 10-12.  They can start to reproduce at only six weeks of age, so it doesn’t take long for a few mice to create an infestation.
  • Rats can squeeze through openings as small as 13 mm in diameter – about half an inch!
  • Because they can get fluids from foods, many rodents can survive a long time without drinking water.
  • Rats are vulnerable to peer pressure, just like humans. Scientists found that rats will force themselves to eat food they don’t like if they know that some of their fellow rats have eaten it.
  • Rats are among the smartest animals on the planet, often ranked in the company of dolphins and chimpanzees. They can memorize routes and solve a puzzle, which means they can often find their way back into a shelter if their “usual” entrance has been blocked off.
  • Don’t try to get rid of a rat by flushing it down the toilet. They can hold their breath for a long time and tread water for as long as three days.

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