Mice and Rats




Mice - having the ability to dwell in any man made environment, the common house mouse can present problems for libraries. House mice can destroy library items for the purposes of gathering materials for nesting. The population of house mice can build up quickly as the male becomes sexually mature in 35 days. The female can have a litter (consisting of 6 mice) approximately every 50 days. The dead carcasses of house mice can also serve as a food source for carpet beetles.

Rats - have similar destructive qualities to libraries, but are generally not a great risk of appearing in a collection. The most likely candidate of rat to turn up in library would be the Norway rat. The Norway rat is usually found in urban settings. Like the house mouse, they gnaw and burrow into library books. Rats can also gnaw into structural timbers, doors, windows, and other building elements to gain access to food, water, and nesting sites.

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