Rats Add Mischief

—This post came to me when I saw the headline of a story coming from NYC. —


Photo cr: kansaspublicradio.org

We’ve all heard of Flock of Seagulls – the music group and the bird that lives near the water. That sentence is partially untrue. Seagulls don’t actually exist – they are just gulls. They don’t come in flocks. Multiple gulls together are a colony. I don’t know what to add now, so next paragraph…


I saw a headline of a newspaper story… A Herd Of Rats… Huh??

My first impression was that this journalist is “off his rocker”. I’ve never known rats to come in a herd. Goats, maybe. But, rats?

I carry my Google machine (smart phone) in my pocket, so I searched for this anomaly. ‘Do rats come in a herd?’ Answer – a group of rats is called a MISCHIEF. Well, of course they are. What a perfect description.

Female rats are ‘does’. Male rats are ‘bucks’. A litter of baby rats is a ‘nest’. The entire group is a ‘mischief’. Wow, do they cause some mischief when left to themselves.


Rats can start their reproductive cycles at just 6 weeks old. They can have up to 12 young per litter, and produce as many as 15 litters per year.

Just a reminder…. If you encounter a rodent problem, it’s best to call a licensed professional. Your pest control person is very well trained, and equipped to handle any type of e-RAT-ication.

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

One thought on “Rats Add Mischief

  1. “Rats are dirty, and they are very unhealthy animals to live with. They have the habit of littering everywhere, and wherever they go, they chew and damage anything.

    But for fun, this was a fantastic article to get to know more about these filthy, dirty, and littering animals. I hope to see more such items in the future as well.
    Thank you!”


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