Rodents come in all shapes and sizes, and some rodents are actually house pets. Many people find rodents to be cute animals, despite the fact that they can cause some serious chaos in your home if not monitored carefully. While rodents have a bad reputation for causing damage to homes and being ranked low on the totem pole, rodents can actually be quite impressive.
Rodents can be identified as mammals with large incisors and no canine teeth. Some rodents include mice, rats, hamsters, and squirrels, but the list goes on. Whether you have rodents as pets or pests, we’ve compiled a list of interesting facts about these furry critters!
1. Rodents’ teeth never stop growing. Because their teeth grow throughout their life, they typically gnaw on hard surfaces to essentially file their teeth down. This is why rodents can create havoc in your home if they are left unattended.
2. The largest rodent can be up to 100 pounds. This massive rodent is called a capybara, and they are typically found in Central and South America. While they do not typically live in residential areas, they’re closely related to a common house pet: the guinea pig.
3. Some rodents have impressive swimming capabilities. Rats have the ability to tread water for up to three days, and they can be flushed down the toilet. Some rats have entered homes by using the pipes to swim to a toilet bowl where they can climb out.
4. Rats are recognized as one of the smartest animals on the planet. From solving puzzles and mazes to memorization, rats have shown some of the highest intelligence levels. Rats have even ranked as high as chimpanzees and dolphins, and they have the capability to make decisions based on information they do or do not have.
5. Rodents live all over the world. Aside from a few small ocean islands and Antarctica, rodents have nests across the globe. While species vary from continent to continent, they can be found almost anywhere!
6. Rodents’ life spans vary drastically. While most rats only live for about twelve months, the longest living rodent known to man (a naked mole-rat) lived for about thirty years.
7. Rodents reproduce incredibly fast. The reason that infestations need to be taken seriously is because rats, mice, and other rodents reproduce so quickly. A female mouse can become pregnant again after only 24 hours of giving birth to a litter. The average litter ranges from about 5-6 mice, but the female mice can produce anywhere from 5-10 litters per year.
If you find yourself with a rodent problem, it’s important to know who to call. Insight Pest Solutions are experts in rodent control, as well as general pest control. With the oncoming colder months, it’s important to begin preventative measures to keep unwanted rodents out of your home. Experts at Insight Pest Control have you covered when it comes to keeping your home protected from a rat and mouse invasion.