Sunday, February 28, 2010

About mice and rats

  • Mice contaminate food and grain more so than rats. In 6 months one pair can consume about 4 lbs. of food and deposit about 18,000 droppings.

  • Quick to explore any physical changes in their environment.

  • Capable swimmers if they need to be.

  • Can squeeze through openings slightly larger than ¼ inch in diameter.


  • They are excellent jumpers for their size, and can jump a foot high from the floor to an elevated flat surface.

  • When rats are eliminated, house mice move in, or increase in population.

  • Reportedly house mice will drive away deer mice and white-footed mice.

  • Rodents can put livestock at risk of death and disease.


  • Rodents can carry diseases to humans such as rat bite fever, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and plague to name a few.

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