10 Fearfully Fascinating Facts About Las Vegas Rodents


a deer house crawling throughout a home

Some people find them cute, others find them disgusting. No matter your preference on rodents, they are a serious pest problem when taking up residence inside your home.

The most common rodents found near Las Vegas are these mice and rats:

  • Deer Mice: Often a few inches in length with brown fur, these rodents have white underbellies.
  • House Mice: The more common variety to invade a home, house mice can have varied appearances, with white to dark gray coloration. They typically only grow to about two to three inches in length.
  • Norway Rats: The largest rats on average, Norway rats can grow to nearly a foot in length. They are grayish or dark brown.
  • Roof Rats: Smaller and more agile than Norway rats, roof rats like to nest in high spaces, like attics and roof trusses. They are nocturnal and can be black or brown.

Interesting Rodent Facts

1. Their teeth never stop growing.
All rodents share the trait of ever-growing front incisor teeth. This is one of the things that makes them such a nuisance for property owners. Mice and rats will chew through wood, electrical wiring and other household items just to keep their teeth to a manageable length.

2. A rat can chew through metal and minerals.
Rats can pack quite a punch with their teeth. They are known to be able to chew through incredibly tough materials including brick, lead, cinder blocks, aluminum and even glass.

3. The fear of mice and rats is called musophobia.
We all know that person who is deathly afraid of rodents (maybe it’s you -- no judgement here). These people are scientifically known as a musophobiac.

4. Rats can tread water for three days.
Compounding their ability to survive in harsh situations that would kill other pests, rats are adept swimmers. This is why you’ll hear horror stories of rats swimming up through miles of piping and gaining access to homes via sewage grates and drainage pipes.

5. Rats are considered one of the smartest animals on the planet.
Rats aren’t just determined survivors, they’re also intelligent. They are used to run scientific tests because they are small, manageable test subjects. Researchers prefer rats for their natural ability to follow patterns and find loopholes.

6. Rodents are physically incapable of vomiting or burping.
While it also means they can’t get heartburn, a rodent’s inability to burp or vomit is actually a weakness, since they can’t expel harmful toxins and poisons. That’s why common rodent extermination typically involves the use of rat poison.

7. Mice can have a litter of 5-6 every three weeks.
We’ve heard the term “breeding like rabbits” but a more appropriate one might be “breeding like mice”. These rodents can breed all year long and have a shorter gestation period than most other mammals.

8. Rodents transmit up to 35 diseases to humans.
This is a scary one: rodents are prolific transmitters of diseases to humans. The bubonic plague, which nearly wiped out the population of Europe in the Middle Ages, was believed to be spread by rats. That’s just one of the dozens of known diseases and viruses the pests can carry.

9. Rats give in to peer pressure.
With their high intelligence also comes insecurity. Rats have been observed following the trends of other rats. If everyone else in the nest is eating something, a rat might stomach food they don’t like to better fit in.

The most effective & safest way to get rid of rodents is to contact the professionals -- Red Rock Pest Control.

Because rodents have such unique survival skills, and because they can quickly populate an entire property, it’s best not to wait or take any chances. Contact the professionals at Red Rock Pest Control at the first sign of rodent activity in your home or business.


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