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Smaller bandicoot


Smaller bandicoot, Indian mole rat, Lesser bandicoot, Outdoor rat, Bandicota bengalensis.

 Nature of damage: Being omnivorous it feeds on grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, sometimes flesh of young ones and dead animals.

It damages crops in fields (sugarcane, wheat, paddy, maize, etc.) and gardens besides grain in granaries at times. But the dama


Larger bandicoot


Larger bandicoot, The Bandicoot, Bandicota indica Nature of damage: It makes big burrows, which weaken the foundation of walls, river bunds, railway tracks etc.

It damages crops by cutting tillers/ leaves thus reducing yield drastically. It hoards grain in burrows. In stores, it mainly depends on cereals and other grains.

Droppings are scattered and sp


Norway Rat


Norway rat, Brown rat, Sewer rat, Ship rat, Rattus norvegicus Nature of damage: Feeds on grain.

Damage containers i.e. bags/ cartons. Pollutes grain with excreta, droppings and hairs.

Spread various diseases. Droppings found in groups and spindle shaped.

Habits: It is habituated of making burrows outside grain stores but often lives in sewers.

The bu


House mouse


House mouse, Mus musculus. Nature of damage: Their infestation imparts a typical smell to store rooms and stocks.

They feed on cereals, cereal products, vegetables, meat, fats, carbohydrates, etc. and can damage wooden furniture, paper, clothes, rubber, plastic and leather goods, etc.

They damage more than what they eat. They are responsible for contamination


House rat


1. House rat, Roof rat, Black rat, Rattus rattus.

Nature of damage: It eats up all food materials and can damage wood, plastic, rubber and even soft metals also.

As it is responsible for plague, it is considered as the most expensive rat of India. Generally the droppings are found scattered and banana shaped.

Habit: Being nocturnal in habit, it can be rarely

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