What is the one thing that fleas, house fires and the bubonic plague have in common? rats, Rattus! These aggressive home invaders are the second most destructive pests in. They are responsible for over 40% of house fires, and host various parasites such as fleas and ticks. These rodents can transmit up to ten diseases, and were the carriers of the black plague.
Appearance of Rats
rats generally grow up to 14-inches long, with their tail comprising half their total length. These rodents vary in color, ranging from a dark black to a reddish tan. They are composed of mainly two groups, the less common Norway rat and the frequently encountered Roof Rats.
Behavior of Rats
rats reach sexual maturity between two and three months. They reproduce at least every two months, averaging nine pups per litter. They can thrive on just one-half ounce of garbage and water per day, traveling up to 150-feet from their nests in order to find food. Their teeth grow 5-inches per year, causing these pests to constantly gnaw in order to shorten and sharpen their incisors. This creates major problems, as clothes, furniture and electrical wires often fall victim to this incessant chewing.
Where Rats are Found
rats typically build nests burrowed in the ground or in high perches in order to avoid predation. Some common places rats nest are in attics, under rocks, in fruit trees and under cabinets.
Signs of a Rats infestation
Some common signs of rats in the home include fecal and urine droppings, the appearance of gnawed or chewed objects, strange rub marks and tracks, and the appearance of holes and burrows. If a rat is found, alive or dead, it is extremely likely there are many more that remain unseen.
Tips for Preventing Rats
Homeowners can take a few simple steps to make their homes less vulnerable to infestation. Properly seal all food sources, including any animal food, and securely dispose of all garbage. Remove any rocks or debris from the perimeter of your home. Lastly, seal all cracks or holes in the interior and exterior of the home that measure larger than 1/4 inch.
What to do if Rats Have Already Infested
Tomasello pest control will carefully inspect your home, searching for all possible entry points. Spring traps, cages, or poisons may seem like sufficient options, but these tools often prove impotent in the fight against rat infestation.
The most effective way to combat rats is with an inspection by Tomasello Pest Control. If you suspect that your home or property has been invaded call Tomasello immediately and we will help you keep your rat related costs to a minimum.
Schedule a thorough inspection from Tomasello Pest Control and we will protect your home from Rats!
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