Rodent Control Tidbits
In sports and in the workplace we need to know something about the competition to gain the edge. The same is true for rodent control. The more we know, the better we are at solving problems for our customers–whether it’s a large commercial facility or a residential structure.
With rodents comprising 40% of all mammal species, (and estimates of around 2000 different rodent species) we need all the tools possible to keep them in check.
Here are a few facts to keep your tool box:
* Rodents that have a good supply of food won’t spend a lot of time gathering additional food, and will spend more time doing other things like mating.
* The common female house mouse can breed when she is five weeks old and monthly thereafter. The litter size is between four and six.
* A female Norwegian rat could have 56 young (and over 400 grandchildren!) within 20 weeks of being born.
Granted with the second and third examples, not all of the young make it to be an adult because of competition for food, predators, weather, and lack of natural abilities–but these stats are frightening nonetheless.
Rodents tend to limit their breeding to stay fit, and are easily able to adapt to changing conditions for survival. As I’ve always heard from Pest Management Professionals “the second rat gets the cheese”…the perfect adage for this cautious creature.
James Rodriguez, Territory Manager, J.T. Eaton Co., Inc. (818) 640-4587 direct