Rats and Mice are well known for spreading diseases such as plague, weils disease and cryptospridiosis but this article focuses on their gnawing behaviour, why they do it and what risks it presents to public health.
Rodents are characterised by their teeth. They have a pair of incisor teeth in the upper and lower jaws, separated from the molars by a large gap (diastema).
The incisors do not stop growing. This means that the animals are forced to gnaw steadily in order to wear them down.
This picture shows a skull from a rodent specimen who’s incisors hadn’t worn correctly and had become overgrown.
The incisors are curved inwards and have an extremely hard anterior coating,The enamel of rat incisors is hard, harder than iron, platinum and copper.
The softer inside layer is worn down much more rapidly than the hard, outer layer.This means that the teeth are continually kept sharp, enabling them to damage even materials such as masonry and electric cables.
Rats are believed to have caused a massive blaze that destroyed three coaches and three minibuses at a coach company headquarters in Southampton in December of 2012.
The rat has small flaps of cheek tissue on either side of the inside of the mouth that close behind the incisors, protruding into the gap between the incisors and the molars (the diastema) These flaps are believed to form a plug that keeps unwanted debris from entering the mouth,a rat does not have to swallow or even taste what it chews,allowing them to gnaw away with impunity.
Here, we have the skull of Rattus norwegicus, The Brown rat, the incisors and diastema are clearly visible.
Next, A Grey Squirrel, Sciurus Carolinensis.
Here we see the very clear teethmarks of a brown rat on a piece of electrical cable.
this is an old bait tray, that would have held rodenticides once, it would appear that the local rodent population not only consumed the bait but found themselves partial to the plastic tray themselves.
If you suspect that you have rodents in your property, The safest and most efficient way to deal with them is to contact a professional pest control company, such as Cavalry Pest Solutions.
New Video on YOU TUBE from Cavalry Pest Solutions Focus on Rodents - Gnawing
At 2 am GMT on the last Sunday in October, clocks move back by one hour for the end of British Summer Time and as the nights start drawing in and winters approach starts to bring a drop in temperatures,many of you will discover the rodent problem that you didn’t know you had!
Summer may have been a total washout in some respects but Rat numbers have been on the rise thanks to favourable conditions such as moderate temperatures from early spring and plentiful food sources.
During the summer months, Rodent colonies can increase in size almost right under our feet, taking advantage of cover provided by summer foliage but it’s the seasonal drop in temperatures that force rodent populations to seek shelter and warmth, leading to infestations that seem to have appeared overnight!
The economic situation has influenced rodent population increases as well and there has been a rise in DIY rodent treatments which in most cases only serves to make the problem worse.
If you have Rat or Mice problems, obtain the services of a professional Pest Control Company such as Cavalry Pest Solutions. Experience, knowledge and an understanding of rodent biology and behaviour is essential in getting to the root of these types of infestations and dealing with them effectively.
Welcome, Finally, at last to the Cavalry Pest Solutions Blog! If you’ve not actually meant to arrive here, That’s fine because unfortunately No-One is immune from the threat of Pest Infestation.
It’s my intention that this blog be Informative, Educational and of practical benefit to those of you who have Pest Problems.
Dedication, Passion and Integrity aren’t words that you normally hear to describe a Pest Control Business, but as time goes on, you’ll find, as many Customers have that these words are a key element to Cavalry Pest Solutions which allows us to provide a standard of excellence to our customers, from start to finish! Whether it’s Rats, Mice, Fleas, Cockroaches, Bedbugs or Bats, Our customers come first, It’s as simple as that!
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