Rat

Order: Rodentia

Scientific Name: Rattus

Appearance: Furry, typically black brown or grey in color with an elongated nose, prominent ears, and a long bald tail and feet

Size: 9-11 in.

What is a Rat?

Rats are small rodents known to contaminate food and spread disease to humans. Their size can vary greatly depending on species, and nutrition. Rats are primarily nocturnal mammals and will become active at night while searching for food. They are notorious for being associated with poorly kept areas that are typically unsanitary. 

Rat populations can increase rapidly due to their reproductive nature. Female rats are able to yield up to 12 litters per year with the average containing 9 pups. These young will reach maturity within 3 months and continue to reproduce furthering their population. 

Why do I have Rats?

Rats will create nests in areas where food sources are readily available. This can include outdoor or indoor locations such as, in tree stumps, under debris, between walls, and under crawl spaces. They are not picky eaters and will feed on anything they are able to digest. Food sources for them can include, human and pet food, grains, bird eggs, and other rodents. 

Rats may search for shelter indoors as weather changes and cooler temperatures set in. Homes present prime locations for them to find warmth, shelter, and plentiful food during cooler months. 

How do I get rid of Rats?

To control rat populations it is recommeneded to have good cleaning practices. Keep food off the floor and ensure it is kept in locations where rats are not able to access.

If a rat populations are rampant it is recommended to have a pest or wildlife control specialist help remediate the situation and set up preventative measures to ensure the issue does not persist. Click Here for Details on our General Pest Control Plan

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