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Rodent Reproduction

Mice are born in litters that range in size from 3-14, but most litters have 6-8 mice. Females can have 5-10 litters per year depending on the environment and stressors. The gestation period for mice is approximately 3 weeks. Most mice are reproductive capable after 4-7 weeks.

Rats usually have litters of 5-10 pups, but can be as large as 12. Females typically have 6 litters per year. The gestation period for rats is 21-24 days depending on species. Newborn pups reach sexual maturity in 4-5 weeks.

Food Source

Rodents are foraging scavengers that will feed on just about anything available to them. In the wild, they will feed on small insects and grubs, but their lives have become quite intertwined with humans throughout the world. They will feed on almost anything that humans will. In addition, they are perfectly happy to feed on discarded scraps.

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Disease Carrying Critters

Rodents have nesting sites, hiding places, feeding habits, and excretory behaviors that make them the source of plenty of diseases including:

  • Hantavirus
  • LCM
  • Plague
  • Tularemia
  • Leptospirosis
  • OMSK Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • Lassa Fever
  • Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome

When is the Best Time to Treat for Rodents?

Rodents are best controlled by a year round approach. Waiting until they are showing up later is not ideal to treat for them. There are many preventive measures that can be taken including sanitation, exclusion, and monitoring for early signs. Each season provides benefits and challenges to rodent control in Southborough, but staying on top of it throughout the year keeps the risk mitigated.

Control Measures

Rodents are persistent, but combining the right measures against them will yield the most effective results. The following are building blocks of a rodent control program:

  • Exclusion – blocking off entry to an area is key to stopping the population from replenishing during the control process.
  • Trapping – different types of traps (low profile, snap, multi-catch, etc.) all provide advantages and disadvantages in different situations. Correct trap selection combined with placement and orientation are keys to trap effectiveness. When baiting traps, it can be beneficial (especially with neophobic rats) to pre-bait traps before arming them.
  • Bait – Whether selecting an attractant for a trap or reducing populations from a poison bait, care and strategy must be taken in the selection process. Selecting baits that are similar to what they are feeding on will provide better results. With poison baits, care must be taken to avoid impacting non-target species.
  • Mechanical controls
  • Sanitation & food reduction – eliminating food sources for rodents is a key part of any control program. Food reduction will increase pressure on populations to venture beyond normal forage areas, try new baits, and will reduce reproduction.

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