Fact sheet; rodent control after a disaster
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Fact sheet; rodent control after a disaster

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  • Alternative Title:
    Rodent control after a disaster;Disaster safety;
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    Rats and mice are destructive pests that can spread disease, contaminate food, and destroy property. However, as a result of a disaster, the number of rats and mice are often reduced. Thus, illness associated with rats and other small rodents is uncommon immediately after a disaster.

    Surviving rodents often relocate to new areas in search of food, water, and shelter. As the rodents settle into new areas, they will build colonies and reproduce. Typically, it takes 6 to 10 months for rodents to re-establish their colonies after a disaster. As the rodent population grows and resettles, people have a greater chance of being exposed to the diseases carried by rodents.

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    At head of title: Disaster safety.
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