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Old 05-04-2016, 07:35 PM
 
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A female rat can mate as many as 500 times with various males during a six-hour period of receptivity—a state she experiences about 15 times per year. Thus a pair of brown rats can produce as many as 2,000 descendants in a year if left to breed unchecked. (A rat matures sexually at age three to four months.)

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She only bears one litter per cycle, you know, not one for each male. 2000 pups/15 litters would be 133 pups per litter; I'm quite sure that's not right.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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Maybe it's my eyesight, but I don't see any mice in your picture.
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Old 05-04-2016, 11:01 PM
 
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She only bears one litter per cycle, you know, not one for each male. 2000 pups/15 litters would be 133 pups per litter; I'm quite sure that's not right.
Did you read the article...
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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She only bears one litter per cycle, you know, not one for each male. 2000 pups/15 litters would be 133 pups per litter; I'm quite sure that's not right.
It doesn't mean that the one individual will give birth to all of them, but that she can have that many descendants in one year. Her babies will have babies, who will have babies, etc. Picture a very big family tree that spreads out - all starting at one point - the original mouse. And that's all in one year!
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:25 PM
 
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...until those folks leave the door to their balcony open, and a bat decides to invade their abode.

Trust me...as someone who has experienced a bat problem in close quarters...a mouse infestation is far preferable to having a potentially rabid bat zooming around your home at just a few inches above eye level.

Screen door?
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Old 05-06-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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Screen door?
I don't know what it's like in your neck of the woods, but in my area, high-rise apartments don't normally have screen doors leading to their balconies. It's just a glass-paneled metal-framed door leading onto their balcony.

Around here, most folks in that situation use their HVAC system--in one mode or another--year 'round.
Those who fail to close their balcony door may get...a surprise...that they weren't anticipating.

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Old 05-07-2016, 12:47 PM
 
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Roof rats are very common in areas with palm trees. Keep the palms trimmed. If you have any fruit trees... pick up any fruit that is on the ground. Keep your yard clear of debris. Keep trees/plants trimmed away from the roof. (They're bad for the roof anyway) Encourage them to live in your neighbor's yard, not your's.

BTW: Seeing roof rats does NOT mean they will come into your house. Their natural habitat is outside.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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We have rats living in our palm trees here in Maui. It is not that big of a deal but they do try to get in the house if they small food so we have to be careful not to leave food on the porch at night.
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Old 05-07-2016, 03:35 PM
 
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We have rats living in our palm trees here in Maui. It is not that big of a deal but they do try to get in the house if they small food so we have to be careful not to leave food on the porch at night.

I think that the obvious solution is...large food!


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Old 05-07-2016, 03:44 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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HA! I read that more than once and did not catch the (small) = smell!
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