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1. During storage the rats not only consume the grain but also contaminate the grain with their excreta.

2. Each rat is known to void 25-150 droppings and 10ml to 20ml urine per day and also constantly shed some of its coat of 5 lakh hairs.

3. These rats are also known to spread some diseases like typhus, plague and bacterial food poisoning.

4. The losses caused by rodents during storage are estimated to2.5%.

File Courtesy: 
Store Grain Pests and their Management, IGSMARI – Hyderabad
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