What Are Rats?
The two rat species that tend to infest homes and businesses are Norway rats and roof rats. Both species of rats are considered commensal rodents, meaning they live in close association with humans.
Norway rats are usually between 7 and 9 inches in length and have coarse and shaggy brown hair. They have flat noses and a 6 to 8 inch long tail. Their droppings have blunt ends are shaped like a grain of rice and measure 3/4 inch in length.
Roof rats measure 6 to 8 inches in length and have smooth brown fur. They have pointed noses and a 7 to 10 inch long tail. Their droppings are half an inch long with pointed ends. Unlike Norway rats, (the roof rat’s burrowing counterparts) roof rats like to nest in the upper parts of structures.
Telltale signs that rats are present include: gnaw marks, droppings, tracks, burrows and grease marks.
Why Do I Have Rats?
Rats are very dependent on humans for their survival. They will come into buildings through tiny cracks and crevices in search of shelter, food and water. If these necessities are available to them, rats will take up residence indoors anywhere.
Are They Dangerous?
Rats will gnaw on pretty much anything; including your furniture, personal belongings and even the structure in which you live or work. They will eat your food and leave their droppings all over your property. They can transmit diseases through their bite, as well as their droppings and urine. They carry fleas and mites in their fur, which can also be dangerous to the health of you, your family and your employees.
How Do I Get Rid of Rats?
Rats may be difficult to control because of their elusive nature and their ability to move fast, which is why our services include the necessary products and techniques to eliminate your rat infestation. It is also important to correct any environments that may be inviting to rats and other rodents.
Can I Do It Myself?
There’s no shortage of do-it-yourself rodent control measures available in hardware stores and over the Internet, but these methods are hardly ever completely effective and only destroy the rats that come out into the open. Do-it-yourself products may also contain chemicals that can be harmful to humans and pets if applied incorrectly. For safe, effective rat control, contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control is your best choice.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to take care of your pest problem in the least amount of time possible causing you the least amount of inconvenience. We make every effort to be with you the same day you contact us, or the very next day.
How Can I Prevent Rats In The Future?
The first step involves a building inspection. You can determine the extent of an infestation, location of possible shelter sites and entry points, and sources of food and water.
Proper sanitation is the best way to prevent rats and mice from becoming a problem. Some key steps that can be readily implemented are:
- Allow food in designated areas only
- Don’t leave food in lockers
- Remove paper clutter
- Remove trash regularly
- Store pet food, snacks, or grass seed in tightly sealed containers
- Routinely clean areas around vending machines, refrigerators, and dumpsters
- Fix leaky or “sweaty” pipes
- Keep areas around sinks and toilets dry
- Consider a waste disposal company that takes charge of cleaning the dumpsters.
- Rodent proofing, or exclusion, is another preventive measure
- Install springs on external doors so that they close immediately. Never prop open doors or windows!
- Cover vent pipes with hardware cloth secured with wire
- Weather strip doors and windows
- Move all items off the floor and away from the walls
- Replace vegetation, with gravel, around at least a one-foot perimeter of the building
- Fill in small holes with steel wool or caulk and seal larger holes around pipes, utility lines, and vents with 1/4-inch hardware cloth, 19-gauge or greater sheet metal, plaster, or mortar