Damage to buildings. Mice and rats will damage wood and electrical wiring, which can be a fire hazard.
Destruction of insulation. Many livestock and poultry facilities show serious deterioration within 5 years. Associated with this damage are costs for re-insulation, increased energy costs and poorer feed conversions by animals.
Feed consumed. A colony of 100 rats will consume over 1 tonne of feed in 1 year.
Feed contaminated. A rat can contaminate ten times the amount of feed it eats with its droppings, urine and hair. A rat produces 25,000 droppings per year, a mouse 17,000. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the equivalent of more than $2 billion in feed is destroyed by rodents each year.
Biosecurity. Rodents are recognized as carriers of at least 45 diseases, including salmonellosis, pasteurellosis, leptospirosis, swine dysentery, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis and rabies. Mice and rats can carry disease-causing organisms on their feet, increasing the spread of disease.
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