Did you know that rats and mice are among the smartest animals on the planet? They are even said to be as smart as chimpanzees! They can memorize routes and solve puzzles, which meanthey can often find their way back into a shelter if their “usual” entrance has been blocked off. Mice are excellent climbers, jumpers and swimmers. Mice and rodents can swim, and a rat can tread water for up to three days. They can survive being flushed away or down the toilet, and can even return to the building via the same route. And they can squeeze thru an opening as small as a dime. Due to their extremely flexible bodies, as long as the opening is big enough for their skull a mouse can get in. Rodents are family oriented and like to live together in colonies. However, males are very territorial, so as males come in they make break off from the colonies to make their own in different rooms of your home.
Rodents are constantly on the move, so they replenish their energy by eating about 15 to 20 times a day. They eat very small portions and only take in about 3 to 5 grams of food a day. Scientist have found that rodents will also force themselves to eat foods they don’t like just because their fellow rodents have eaten it. Some people think rodents eat a lot because they are constantly gnawing on things, but they do this to keep their teeth trimmed down because they never stop growing. Their front teeth are very strong and allow them to chew thru things as tough as cement and lead pipes. They also chew for the purpose of making their nest.
Rodents are prolific when it comes to reproducing. Rats can produce a litter up to 15 times a year and mice can produce a litter of 5-6 babies every three weeks. A single pregnant mother entering a home can cause a large infestation in no time. They start to reproduce at just 6 weeks old and can become pregnant again within 24 hours of giving birth.
Rodents are capable of carrying a number of diseases, including the Hantavirus, salmonellosis and the plague. They can also carrying fleas, which could lead to an infestation of its own. Rodents do not have the ability to vomit; this is why using poison to eliminate them is so effective. Rodents are very curious animals when it comes to eating and will try anything. Rodent’s favorite foods peanut butter, seeds, chocolate and bacon. Cheese always seems to be associated with rodents, however they will eat cheese when other food sources are not available.