Rodents top the list of many people's biggest fears, and they're one of the most common pest groups in the entire world. If you spot one rat or mouse in your home, there's a chance that you have more than just one rodent, but don't worry — that's where Wildlife X Team® can help. We have years of experience with trapping and removing rodents and, most vitally, repairing rodent damage and preventing future rodent problems. Call (817) 431-3007 today to get rid of your Wildlife X Team® rodent problems today!
Frequent Rodent Problems
Despite their deceptively small appearance, rodents can do a lot of costly damage to landscapes and buildings on your property. Some of the more common rodent complaints we hear at Wildlife X Team® are as follows:
- Large amounts of droppings in various locations
- Ripped and gnawed-open food containers
- Grease marks along walls and doors
Should I be Worried About Rodents?
The short answer is yes. Rodents are wild animals and typically considered unsavory to have in your home. Rodents frequent unhygienic places like dumpsters and therefore carry many deadly diseases and can be hosts to parasites. It is important not to handle rodents or their waste unless you are trained. Instead, you should call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007 before your rodent problem gets out of hand.
More About Rodents
Where Are Rodents Found?
- The two most common species of rat are the brown rat and the black rat. Both species of rat are found in all parts of the world. The rat is generally found in small, dark places and is thought to have originated in Asia before migrating across countries and being accidental passengers on human voyages. The rat is now one of the most widely spread and adaptable animals in the world.
- The rat is a small scavenger mammal that has proven to be a pest in both rural and urban areas where rats are normally present due to an abundance of food. Rats are known to kill smaller livestock on farms, and there is the myth that you are only ever 5 ft away from a rat at any time.
Can Rodents Transmit Diseases to Humans?
- The rat can also carry and spread disease to a devastating effect. In the middle ages, the black plague wiped out nearly two-thirds of the European population. The disease was not caused by the rats directly, but was actually caused by infected fleas carried on rats.
- Rodents like mice can transmit diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, Tularemia, Salmonella and more.
What's the Difference Between Rats & Mice?
- The most distinctive difference between rats and mice is their size. Because of this, new rodent species that are discovered are easily classified as rats or mice. Rats tend to be much larger than mice.
- In the wild, rats are preyed upon by many different animals, including snakes, wildcats, and birds of prey. In some cultures, rats are even hunted and eaten as food by humans.
- Rodents are notoriously fast breeders.
- Rats give birth to large litters of baby rats meaning that pet rats of different sexes should be separated at around a month old. Rats are able to start having babies at around 5 weeks of age and female rats give birth to litters of between 6 and 10 baby rats after a gestation period of 22 days. Rats can live until they are 4 or 5 years old, but female rats can no longer have babies after they are about 18 months old.
What Do Rodents Eat?
- Rats are omnivorous animals and eat a mixture of plant and animal matter in order to get all the right nutrients. Rats are known to eat almost anything and the high trash levels in cities has given way to a new generation of oversized super rats. The large rats are much bigger than the average rat and are more dominant in their environment, meaning that the smaller rat species tend to suffer as a consequence.
More Rodent Facts
- Today, rats are commonly kept as pets all over the world and are thought to have been bred as pets since the 1800s.
- When tame, rats can be extremely friendly and can be taught to perform selective tasks such as doing certain actions in order to get food.