Infestation Control, Inc. also specializes in rodent control as well as animal trapping and relocation. Homeowners need to be vigilant when suspecting a rodent problem, as rodents mature and reproduce quickly. For example, a family of six mice can quickly be a family of 50-60 mice in only 90 days, by having 5-6 young per litter, and up to 8 litters each year. Needless to say, a small rodent problem can quickly become a large problem if ignored.
Slightly different from a mouse, the most common species of rats in our region is the Norway rat. These rats have a gestation period of 23 days and are sexually mature after 2-3 months. Norway rats generally have 6-12 young per litter and have 4-7 litters per year.
Below are a few facts about rodents you should be aware of, as well as some great reasons why not to let an issue go unattended.
- One fifth of the world’s fires that are classified as resulting from unknown origin are believed to be caused by rodents.
- Rodent feces contaminate 20% percent of the world’s food supply.
- A protein found in mouse urine is recognized as being one cause of asthma.
- Mouse droppings cause the Hantavirus, which if not diagnosed and treated correctly can be fatal.
- All rodents are potential carriers of fleas, ticks, parasites, and other blood vector insects.