Rats are dangerous to man because they carry diseases, damage buildings and wires and create unsanitary living conditions. When an area has a small population of rats, the rats can keep their presence a secret from potential predators. Someone can have rats in his home and not be aware of it.Continue Reading
Rats can transmit diseases through their urine, saliva and fleas. Leptospirosis, an illness that can cause kidney and liver damage, is transmitted through rat urine. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, a viral infection that affects that brain and spinal cord, can be transmitted via rat saliva and urine. The bubonic plague was spread by a rat's fleas when the fleas bit humans.
Rats love to chew, especially on wood and plastic, causing damage to homes and businesses. Dirt and grime are often tracked by rats throughout a home.Learn more about Rodents
Slow heart rate, clinically known as bradycardia, can result from normal aging, diseases that cause damage to the electrical system of the heart, conditions that slow the heart's electrical impulses and medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems, according to WebMD. The normal heart rate in adults is 60 to 100 beats per minute at rest. Heart rates lower than 60 may indicate bradycardia.Full Answer >
Possums sleep during the day, seeking areas with protective covering, such as brush piles, hollow trees and crawl spaces underneath buildings and houses. These nocturnal animals come out at night, scavenging for food where there is garbage. During cold weather, however, possums may stay in their protected daytime areas longer.Full Answer >
Flying squirrels live in the wild in the Pacific Northwest of North America and can also be found living at a few zoos around the country. They like to eat fruit, nuts, fungi and bird eggs.Full Answer >
Moles live underground and are hard to spot, but the damage they leave behind can alert homeowners to their presence; moles leave behind molehills when tunneling, according to The Gopher Guy. Trails of surface tunnels along a driveway, lawn border or foundation may signify mole problems.Full Answer >