Rodent, Mice and Rat
Learn More About Rodent, Mice and Rats
Rodents have a distinctive sense of smell, hearing, and sight. They are nocturnal species, usually with large eyes and commonly attracted to ultra violet lights. Most rodent species in Singapore have long tail, sensitive whiskers. Some species of rodents even have pouches in their cheeks.
Hid well under the fur and can be turn inside out for pushing food out or cleaning. In most species, the tongue are not able to reach beyond the incisors. Rodents have an amazing gut digestive systems, that are able to absorb close to 80% of ingested energy. They practice coprophagy, by eating its own faeces they get the guts to absorb the nutrients.
Rats are generally warm blooded animals, inhabit every part of the world. They belong to the order Rodentia, which is the largest order of mammals. Rat infestations are one of the most common pest problems globally. They are disgusting and often associated with illnesses such as streptobacillary rat bite fever and spirillary rat bite fever.
Rat infestations are a prevalent pest issue globally, known for their unsanitary nature and the inconvenience they cause. Getting a Professional Pest Control Services is your best bet to rid of your rodent problem permanently.
Lifecycle, Diet & All
The Rodent Lifecycle
They need at least 3 weeks to mature from birth to adulthood. In 5 weeks, they are already sexually mature and can start reproducing. On average they can live for about one year, those that lives indoor can live for 2 to 3 years. They can survive longer in a safe environment.
Baby rat weighs about 3 to 6 grams, depending on the species and at birth blind and naked without any fur. After 6 days, they will start opening their eyes. Then at the start of the third week, they will start growing fur.
The Rodent Anatomy
They have upper and lower pair of incisor teeth, used for gnawing. It does not stop growing, so they must chew to maintain and wear it down. Chewing on a variety of items available to them resulting to great damage in and around homes. Most rats, especially brown rat rattus norvegicus species are well-known for rapid breeding.
They constantly reproducing to maintain their large population. Example: Female can give birth to an average of 40 babies a year. When the condition is ideal, they can start conceiving again after 48 hours after giving birth. This is the reason their population gets bigger in a short period.
The Rodent Dietary
Habitats like whether they are in urban area, rural or the wild can affect their food sources. Roof rats, although omnivorous, prefer nuts and fruits. But ultimately, they will eat anything if they get hungry. They also tend to stash food at their harbouring area.
On the other hand, norway rats diet consist of literally anything cereal, meat and just about anything to survive. Meanwhile, house mice Singapore prefer seeds, nuts and cereal grains, similar, to roof rats and norway rats, they will eat anything. They can only survive at least 4 days without any source of food.
The house mice dropping are the smallest among the three. Just like their body size compared to the others. Rat control specialist can identify the type of rodent is infesting your home just by looking at the dropping size. Obviously, the bigger the rodent, the bigger the dropping size.
Rodents are bait shy for example, they will not eat a whole loaf of bread. And instead, will start chewing the packaging consuming small bites each time. You will notice evidence of multiple rat bite marks or chewing signs on the food packaging over time.
Rodents breed all year round and needs a well hidden nesting area for them to reproduce. It is also common for them to start shredding nesting material for their nest. Material such as paper, card board and even cushion sponge. You should be very alarmed when this happens.
Smear & Foot Prints
The marks of rats foot print are normally extremely dirty, most infected rat carries harmful diseases. They will leave marks when they rub against the wall or, squeezing themselves into any opening to enter your home.
These are the types of Rodents commonly found in Singapore
Types of Rodents
Around the world, there are at least 1,500 species of rodents to exist. Most of us are familiar with rats and mice, while some consider them as “pets”. A common problem in areas with poor trash management. Few different types of rats in Singapore cause problems within homes and businesses.
More specifically, these three:
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