There are many different types of North Carolina rodents that fall into various species and categories. It has commonly been the case
to associate the word rodent with rats and mice often found in urban areas. These rodents are specifically adapted to
living in urban cities. There are many reasons why mice and rats find cities suitable locations for nesting.
Reasons why some rodents live in urban areas
• Population growth – Rodents like Durham rats and mice multiply rapidly. Their population can double, even triple within just one or two month. The female often enters in heat many times throughout the year. This rapid population expansion is one of the causes of frequently seeing such rodents adapting and living in urban areas.
• Lots of food availability – human creates waste and lots of it. Rodents are attracted to such waste to find different types of food. Rats in particular are scavengers and would eat almost anything. Easy access to food source in city helps maintain their population.
• Fewer predators – Living in cities these Durham rodents thrive by having fewer predators than in the wild. Beside cats and dogs, it is rare to find birds like hawks, eagles or other flying around in cities. It is even rare to find foxes, snakes and other rodent predators in cities.
• Lots of places for creating nests – urban areas with its buildings, underground tunnels and other places can make perfect hiding places for North Carolina rodents.
All these condition have been such that many Durham rodents in the family of rats and mice find refuge around urban areas than in the wild. They actually thrive beside the occasional nuisance that they may cause by infesting a property. Many other hiding places exist in cities; there is abundance of water and food supply.
Rodents adapting to cities is a direct result of human activity that not only fear these small creatures but also create the perfect environment for them to thrive. It is estimated that more rodents from the common rats and mice species live in urban areas than in the wild. Another rodent species that is well adapted to urban life is the squirrel. These North Carolina rodents often live on trees and find city urban life accommodating. They feed on berries, nuts, plants, etc. and food provided to them residents.
Rodents in urban areas
Rodents in urban areas have adapted well in their environment. They are considered a nuisance if they invade a Durham property but at occasions can be fantastic house pets. Mice and rats can be fun to watch and are quite intelligent. They can learn a few tricks and are very friendly when they become familiar with their care taker. Rodents are almost carriers of a variety of diseases and should be handled with caution.
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