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Cotton rats live throughout the southern half of the U.S. They are active year-round at night and occasionally during the day. As they are mainly solitary pests, they are quite defensive of their territories. They are also behave aggressively towards other rats and mice. Known to spread disease and destroy yards, cotton rats are unpleasant nuisances that can create serious problems for homeowners.
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The entire length of a cotton rat is 10 inches on average, with the tail comprising about four inches of that. Their tails are almost completely hairless and appear scaly. Other traits include their stiff, rough fur coats that are usually black, gray, or brown.
Unless threatened with limited access to vegetation, cotton rats primarily eat plants, seeds, roots, and stems. Fruits, nuts, and sugarcane are also part of their diet. When the pests are unable to find their preferred meals, they resort to scavenging for eggs and young quail, among other small birds and carcasses.
Ideal cotton rat habitats range from grasslands and meadows to marshlands, so long as they are densely covered. Cotton rats also nest in embankments, cultivated fields, under logs, and along roadsides. Nests are built from dry grass and other plant materials. The rodents construct paths to and from their nests and other locations.