Magazine article USA TODAY

10 Things You Don't Want to Know about Rodents

Magazine article USA TODAY

10 Things You Don't Want to Know about Rodents

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If you're squeamish and the mere thought of mice and rats sends shivers up your spine and pangs of nausea to your stomach, you might want to skip to the next article. If you are concerned about the hazards of rodent infestation, though, it might pay to read on. Reckitt & Colman Inc., Wayne, N.J., manufacturers of d-Con rodenticides, offer what they call their "Top Ten List of Mouse and Rat Facts," which they proclaim contains "some fascinating rodent facts":

1. Mice have been a pest to man for thousands of years, and they will probably continue to coexist with humans for many more. Since rodents may be able to smell nuclear fallout, they may even outlast them.

2. A single pair of mice could produce up to 15,000 offspring in one year. In just six months, one pair of mice can deposit as many as 18,000 droppings.

3. As frequently as every three weeks, rats can bear eight to 12 offspring.

4. While rodents do carry many other diseases, rats are not a common transmitter of rabies, contrary to popular belief. …

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