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Rats will chew through almost any material, given
half the chance, and that's why it is important to
put a very serious plan into action when you
discover you have rats infesting your home or
Rats teeth can be scored on the Mohs scale, a
scale that measures how hard various material are.
The score goes from 1, being the softest material,
to 10, the hardest. Diamonds are well known to be
in highest scoring on the Mohs scale, with talc
being at the lower end of the scale.
For the record, the enamel on human teeth weighs
in at about 5 on the Mohs scale, and rats teeth
are harder still - 5.5. This means that their
teeth are actually harder than some metals,
including copper and iron.
Rats don’t just have super sharp teeth that
constantly grow and need to be filed down with
that chewing action, they have a very powerful jaw
too, and these two things work together to enable
the rodent to chew through most materials that it
would come up against. This includes many of the
common materials found in your home, and also
making up your home — cinder blocks, asbestos,
brick, plastic, wood, cement, aluminum and lead.
The ceiling provides almost no protection between
you and the rat, and it won’t be long before the
rat can chew right through it. It will do this if
it needs to escape, and this can often be the case
when animals have crawled into a deep space in
your home, and then been unable to get back out
For more information, you may want to
click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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- learn from great examples of rat
jobs I've done.
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