The animal only has a nervous system that demands and ounce, one singular ounce, 28 grams of food and water to stay alive, and they only need that every 24 hours. 29 grams of food will get them through the next 24 hours.
You want to talk about a lean way to live. These creatures can survive on almost nothing. To play the card of ignorance and say, “Oh even though I might have noticed a rat or a mouse the other day, they’ll soon be gone because I’m gonna lock up my pantry, nothing is getting out, I’m gonna make sure not a scrap of food falls to the floor.” I got news for you, they’re likely to find what they need, and they don’t need much. By you playing that card and they continue to play theirs, you’ll be seeing that animal five years from now potentially, not the reality we want for you.
Primarily, the rats find food and shelter at human habitations and they do adapt amazingly to the habits of the people they interact with whether it’d be straightforward to subtle. For example, if you happen to put the trash out on a particular time everyday, they might just cue you up and say essentially, “You put it out at 8:00 in the morning, that’s when I’m going out. So I’ll rip open the bag, grab anything you didn’t need and come back tomorrow.”
That could be it, they could time you. As sophisticated as it sound, is it not instinctual? Go where the food is and go when the food is there. That’s the law of culinary demand that they are abiding by. A point to be made is that they almost always use the same routes every single time to get to their food sources.