Rats can cause serious health issues, carrying harmful diseases such as Leptospirosis and Salmonella. Their continuous gnawing can damage piping and electrical wiring in properties which can cause serious damage to homes and businesses.
Rats are prolific breeders with an average litter of 6 to 9 but much larger have been recorded. Left untreated, the colonies can spread to several hundred over a year.
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Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size. Generally, when someone discovers a large muroid rodent, its common name includes the term rat, while if it is smaller, the name includes the term mouse. Common terms rat and mouse are not taxonomically specific. Scientifically, the term rat is not confined to members of the Rattus for example, the pack rat.
The best-known rat species are the black rat (Rattus rattus) and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). The group is generally known as the Old World rats or true rats, and originated in Asia. Rats are bigger than most Old World mice, which are their relatives, but seldom weigh over 500 grams (1.1 lb) in the wild.
The term "rat" is also used in the names of other small mammals which are not true rats. Examples include the North American pack rats, a number of species loosely called kangaroo rats, and others. Rats such as the bandicoot rat (Bandicota bengalensis) are murine rodents related to true rats, but are not members of the genus Rattus. Male rats are called bucks, unmated females are called does, pregnant or parent females are called dams, and infants are called kittens or pups. A group of rats is referred to as a mischief.