Rats, in particular, can cause extensive damage to properties and can quickly reproduce, leading to rapid infestations in areas. If you think that you have a rat problem, call an Identify Pest Control rat removal specialist right away!
The first sign of a rat infestation is their droppings. Larger than mouse droppings, Norway rat droppings are dark and cylindrical. Rats will usually find specific, hidden places to urinate and leave their droppings.
Rats may fight one another at night over food, territory, nesting material, or dominance. They might make scurrying noises or squeals.
Because their teeth never stop growing, rats can chew through electrical wires, solid wood, hard plastic, and even metal, especially if there are large numbers of them in an area.
Always on the lookout for food, rats will chew through food storage containers or even solid wood to find food. Some rats may steal chicken eggs from coops or food from gardens.
Rats carry diseases like hantavirus, the plague, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Adult rats are bigger than adult mice, but young rats may be similar in size.
A rat has pointier, less rounded ears and a hairless tail, while mice have fine hairs along the length of their tails.
You can identify a rat by its droppings. Rat feces are usually cylindrical or banana shaped and quite large. Since they’re intelligent creatures, they tend to take care of business in the same spot every time.
Even more telling than the feces may be the bite marks in walls or food containers. Sometimes, you can even hear rats fighting over food.
The name is a misnomer; the Norway rat is not Norwegian at all. The name is supposed to come from where it was classified. But what’s in a name anyway; other aliases include brown rat, sewer rat, barn rat, water rat, grey rat, and wharf rat. They could do with shedding a few pounds, and their fur is coarse and shaggy. They have small ears and eyes, and a scaly two-colored tail.
With a bigger rat comes bigger…well you know…”Droppings” Up to ¾ inch (20 mm) long, and capsule-shaped.
Norway rats are well-prepared for emergency. They dig burrows with hidden emergency exits. Any place will do; railroad embankments, piles of garbage, under concrete. Naturally adapted to flat, dry, grassy plains.
Norway rats are big foodies. Though that doesn’t necessarily mean they all have sophisticated palates on par with Ratatouille. Not to say they’ll eat anything, but they do like lots of meat, fish and dry dog food. They admit they have an addiction to buffets, and tend to gorge themselves, then come back for more later. These rats will gnaw through anything to get to their food, even plastic or lead pipes.
They gnaw on objects, eat stored food, and transmit disease by droppings, urine, bites, fleas and mites in their fur.
Overall, the key to controlling rodents includes sanitation, elimination of their shelter, and rodent-proofing the structure. With Norway rats, look for evidence of burrows. Gnaw marks, droppings, footprints, and ‘tail-drag’ marks are signs they’ve already infiltrated your home, as well as dark greasy markings that come from rubbing against things.
The infamous roof rat, also called a ship rat, a black rat, or a house rat, Rattus rattus has a stunning history. Originally from India and Southeast Asia, this rat spread through the Roman Empire and into Great Britain during the first century. Then, as European ships traveled the world, the black rat jumped aboard, and they’ve been living all over the world, including in the United States for over 500 years.
These rats are referred to as roof rats because of their affinity for nesting in high places both inside and outside. They look frightening, and they can spread disease and cause damage.
This rat was instrumental in spreading the deadly black plague throughout Europe, and in the modern day, it continues to spread diseases, some of which are incurable. The black rat can adapt to numerous habits in all kinds of climates. In urban areas, these rats make their homes in warehouses and residential dwellings, and in rural areas, they tend to set up in barns next to fields.
Rats are sneaky & nimble. When you see one in your home, it’s easy to panic. After all, who knows where they’ve been? It’s almost impossible to track them down. Call Identify Pest Control today and let us rid you of these dangerous pests.
Once you call us, we’ll come over quickly to take a look and do a thorough inspection of your home inside and out.
Once we throughly inspect your home, we’ll come up with a comprehensive plan to rid your home of unwanted intruders and prevent them from coming back.