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What is a Rodent?

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Other members who could be confused with rodents:  

rabbit and hares

Coming from the Latin word order, rodent means 'to gnaw'.  A rodent is usually classified as a small furry mammal whose incisors keep growing in each jaw. Among more than 2,000 species, popular rodents are mice, rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs, commonly kept as pets. Rodents also include beavers, muskrats, porcupines, woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, marmots etc.

Rodents have to wear their continuously-growing incisors down to prevent them from reaching their skulls by gnawing. Most eat seeds or other plant materials, but some have more varied diets. For instance, a beaver likes chewing on trees while a squirrel bites on hard nuts. Likewise, a rat or mouse can gnaw through many kinds of walls.

Rodent infestations cause thousands of pounds worth of damage due to health problems, materials' destruction, and contamination. Rat bites are well-known for being extremely painful and infectious. Indeed, some rodents are carriers of human diseases such as bubonic plague and typhus. In addition, being able to gnaw on everything, rodents can cause significant strsignificantal damage. A squirrel, for example, can chew on wood siding, doors, sheds, barns and patio furniture.

Moreover, rodents' contamination can be easily seen through soiling belongings and surfaces with their faeces and urine. Such contamination can lead to unhealthy conditions that could be hard to deal with. Therefore, consulting a professional pest control expert to avoid such damage is highly recommended because they have the tools and techniques to keep your home rodent-free. This can help save time, money and effort.