Rodents (Mice, Rats)
Rodents can carry and transmit germs including viruses, bacteria and certain diseases. They can cause damage to electrical lines, storage boxes and a variety of other materials. Rodents are rapid breeders and even though some have short life spans, their numbers can continue to grow at a rapid pace. Mice and Rats typically have soft cartilage which allows them to squeeze through tiny spaces.
Common St. Johns County Rodents:
Deer Mouse, House Mouse, Roof Rat, Norway Rat
Rat: Rats can carry serious diseases and introduce parasites and fleas into your home. Rats will often colonize in the attic, under the house, under porches and in the walls.
Mouse: Mice will often move into your home looking for food and water, and they can contaminate food that they don't even eat. A small family of mice left uncontrolled can grow to over 300 mice in just a few months.
Lifespan: some mice have lifespans of only a few months, but rapid breeding means a pair of mice can produce 400 offspring within their lifetime.
Hard to Kill: Rats specifically are often wise to bait and/or cage traps that will fool a mouse.
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