Rodent Fact

  • Mice feed 15-20 times a day.
  • Rats will eat just about anything, including decaying material.
  • A mouse produces 40 to 100 droppings per day, while a rat produces 20 to 50 droppings a day.
  • Rats can squeeze through a space as small as a half dollar.
  • Mice can fit through an opening the size of a nickel.
  • Mice can jump a foot high.
  • A rat can swim for 3 days before it drowns.
  • Wild and domestic rodents have been reported to harbor and spread as many as 200 human pathogens.
  • House mice constantly give off micro-droplets of urine as they travel around their territory every day. A large medical research study showed a protein in house mouse urine called mouse urinary protein, caused allergies in 18% of inner city children studied.
  • Conservative estimates place as many as 14,000 people each year in the U.S. bitten by rats.
  • 36% of the reported Hantavirus cases in the United States have resulted in death. Hantavirus is a virus spread by rodents.
  • While the plague is often thought to be an historical disease, about 10-15 people in the U.S. contract this rodent-borne disease each year.
  • Hantavirus is a viral disease that may be contracted through direct contact with, or inhalation of, aerosolized infected rodent urine, saliva, or droppings.
  • Each year in the winter, rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S.
  • House mice are said to be the most common mammal in the U.S.
  • More people in the West mentioned having problems with rodents such as rats and mice (35%) in the past year.
  • One pair of mice can produce hundreds of offspring in a year.
  • Rats contaminate and destroy enough food worldwide each year to feed 200 million people.