Rats! Rodent populations proliferate in some parts of Texas, says Texas A&M

Rat and mice infestations in houses, barns, sheds and other places have been higher than usual in parts of Texas this year. Rachel Bauer, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources for Bastrop County has an explanation as to why this is. “Some homeowners are being invaded by mice and field rats which are thriving in the burned-out areas recovering from the wildfires, in part because there are very few predators,” Bauer said. “And with the regrowth of vegetation, the rats and mice have had an ample food source and are reproducing quickly.” This can cause problems, with contamination of foods, property damage, and possible fires. How should people go about solving this rat problem? “An integrated approach to rodent management is the best,” Bruce Leland, assistant director for Wildlife Services, San Antonio said. “A program using rodenticides and traps, removal of shelter, removal of food and water, and rat-proofing is most effective.”

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