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South Florida Rodents

February 23, 2017

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There are over 2,000 different species of rodents in the world. This includes the world’s smallest, the Baluchistan Pygmy Jerboa, at 1.7 inches tall and weighing less than an ounce, all the way to the capybara at two feet tall and weighing over one hundred pounds. At first, this might be a very scary thought, I mean that’s a lot of rodents and one really big one. Luckily in South Florida, there are only three species of rodents you really need to worry about. Even better, it’s not the capybara.

The first species I’ll tell you about is the house mouse. This is the most common house rodent in South Florida. While house mice are usually found outside, many will invade homes seeking food and shelter. These little creatures can be very hard to detect. They are very small which allows them to remain out of sight by moving through crawl spaces and between the walls of a house. Sometimes the only noticeable sign of an infestation is feces droppings left behind. House mice like to chew on wires, wood, and clothing so they can some damage to your house and your belongings. One house mouse can have up to 35 babies a year, turning a small problem into a huge infestation. The sooner you get help, the better.

The next species of rodent is the roof rat. Roof rats are the most common type of rats in Florida. Despite their names, roof rats don’t usually nest on roofs. Outside they like to nest in trees, woodpiles and dense vegetation. Once inside the house, they like to nest in attics or the ceiling. Roof rats can cause some serious damage by gnawing on wood, pipes, plastic, electrical wires, and pretty much anything else. They can weaken a house’s foundation making it dangerous to live in. They also cause health concerns by spreading any number of diseases. Food contamination is also a big concern of rat infestations. They can enter buildings through any crevice or openings large enough for them to fit through. One female offspring can produce 20 offspring in one year.

The last rodent species is the Norway rat. Norway rats are generally found outdoors but, may find their way into a home looking for food. They are burrowing creatures so they dig their way under the house into the foundation or crawl space. They will eat just about anything, whether it’s fresh or old. A female Norway rat can produce six to twelve offsprings in a litter and the average rat has four to six litters a year. Norway rats cause the same type of damage as the house mouse and roof rat, but they also cause structural damage because of all the burrowing, making the ground unstable.

There are three things that each of these species has in common. One, they can produce quickly and in big numbers. Two, they can cause serious damage to your house and to your health. And three, they can all be taken care of by the professionals at Nozzle Nolen. Give them a call for a free consultation and learn about their many effective treatment options.



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