NOT So Fun Facts About Rats
Here are some interesting facts about rats which are not so fun if they're in your home.
Rats are famous for being able to chew through things.
Soft concrete, wood, plastic, aluminium, and cinder blocks – you name it – nothing can match the awesome teeth power for these rodents. Their teeth never stop growing! One of the defining characteristics of a rodent is a set of teeth that continuously grow over their lifetime. Rodents always need something to gnaw on to keep their incisors trimmed, so that’s why they can cause so much damage.
Rats reproduce fairly rapidly.
Rats give birth to 6 to 12 young, 3 to 6 times per year. Peak breeding season occurs in spring and fall.
Rats poop a lot.
A single rat can produce up to 25,000 droppings in one year.
Rats are nocturnal.
Rats are nocturnal (active at night), so when you see rats during the day this may signify a rat population out of control, or you may be seeing weaker, less competitive rats that are forced out into the daylight by stronger more dominant rats.
Rat-borne diseases are thought to have taken more human lives in the last ten centuries than all the casualties of all the wars and revolutions combined.