RODENT CONTROL SERVICES FOR MEMPHIS, TN
RODENTS REVEALED – HOW THEY GET INSIDE HOMES AND BUSINESSES.
UNDERSTANDING WHICH RODENT WE’RE DEALING WITH
Tail: Shorter than head & body
Body: Heavy, thick
Also known as Wharf, Sewer, Brown, Common
Droppings: Blunt, average length 3/4"
Tail: Longer than head & body
Also known as Black, Fruit, Ship
Droppings: Pointed, average length 1/2"
Droppings: Pointed, average length 1/4"
HOW RATS OVERPOPULATE
Rats reach sexual maturity after four to five weeks, meaning that a population can swell from two rats to around 1,250 in one year. If left unchecked, a pair of rats can produce 482,508,800 pups in just three years, a new report says. Rats Typically Have:
- 21-23 day pregnancy period
- Up to 12 rats per litter, although five to ten is more common
- Three to six litters in a lifetime
- The average lifespan of one year
- Their teeth grow 4-5 inches per year, but they wear them down by chewing – wires, pipes, walls, insulation!
MICE ARE BREEDING MACHINES
- When a female mouse gets pregnant, it only takes between 19 and 21 days for her to give birth to a litter. Each litter typically consists of five or six mouse pups with as many as 12 in a litter. So an average mouse can average 25-60 offspring in just one year! By this time, you have a bad infestation!
- A typical female mouse can have between five and 10 litters per year. Female mice can mate immediately after giving birth, meaning mice can have a second litter in as little as 25 days after the first. This cycle continues until the mouse dies.
- Mice pups are born without fur, ears, or the ability to see. Because of their defenseless nature, the mother mouse nurses her pups for 21 days. These early days in the life cycle of a mouse are filled with rapid progress. On the fourth day, their ears are fully developed. Hair begins to grow around the sixth day, and by day 10, they have a protective coat of fur.
- Mice pups usually do not open their eyes until around day 13, but they are a fully-grown adult after that. On the twenty-first day, weaning occurs. Most male pups do not stay near their mother’s territory, but most young females hang near their moms.
DEFENSE PLAN AGAINST RATS & MICE
Inspection of Property
Identify Access Points
Controlling Rodent Population