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Rodents: Basic Information

Rats and mice have adapted remarkably well for living in close association with humans. There are three types of common rodents found in Tennessee – the Norway rat, roof rat, and the house mouse.

Norway rats are likely to be found at ground level and generally have burrows underground, while roof rats prefer to be up high and like to nest in attics and voids.

The most common pest for homeowners, though, is the house mouse. While these pests only live about a year they are prolific breeders and females can produce 6 to 10 litters a year with 4 to 7 young in each one. That means controlling mice is difficult and should be left to a professional like Smash Pest Control.

Are They Dangerous?

Rodents can contaminate food, clothing, furniture, books, and many other items by their gnawing, but they can also cause damage to walls, doors, insulation, and other structural components by gnawing and burrowing. They have been known to gnaw through utility pipes and electrical wiring, causing fires, indoor flooding, power outages, and equipment failure.

Plus, rodents can transit disease-causing organisms, most notably those that cause salmonellosis and bacterial food poisoning when food has infected by rodent feces. Other rodent-borne diseases include plague, murine typhus, rat-bite fever, rickettsial pox, and hantavirus.

Don’t risk damage to your home or your family’s health from these intrusive, destructive pests. Contact Smash Pest Control today.

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