Category: Rats

Rat Disease

Rats can spread disease through their biting or human contact with their feces/droppings. The most common diseases transmitted to humans or animals by rats are: Salmonellosis Rat bite fever Leptospirosis Plague Murine... more
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Rat Damage

Norway rats dig burrows in which to live. These can cause problems to the stability of homes and buildings when the rats dig beneath them; they also can block sewer lines and spoil the landscaping of yards. As climbers, roof rats are most likely to cause structural damage in homes when they... more
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How Do I Know If I Have Rats?

Because rats are nocturnal and are most active at night, an infestation can develop before a rodent is ever seen. So it is best to keep an eye—and an ear—out for signs of rodent presence. These include: Live or dead rats. Droppings, especially around human or pet food or in or... more
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Rat Facts 2020

Signs of a rat's presence are droppings, gnawing marks, tracks, runways, and burrows. Like mice, rats are nocturnal, have very poor eyesight, but have very strong senses of smell, taste, and hearing. Compared to mice, rats are much larger, have coarser fur, and have proportionately larger... more
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Rodent Tip Tuesday | Rat Movement

Rats can enter a building through a hole as small as 1/2 inch in diameter. They are strong swimmers, so, rats will live in sewers and can enter buildings through broken drains or toilets. A rat will climb to get to the food, water, or shelter. Rats follow regular routines and paths each day. If... more
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Physical Characteristics of Rats and Mice

There are over 70 species of mice and rats widely distributed across North America. The house mouse (Mus musculus), Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus) and roof rat (Rattus rattus) species are in the Muridae family, which is the largest family of rodents and mammals in the world. House mouse:... more
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Rodent Tip Tuesday | Rat Habitats and Breeding

Rats will eat nearly anything, but they prefer fresh grain and meat. Rats need 1/2 to one ounce of fluid each day. If rats do not get this in the food they eat, they have to find water. Unlike mice, which rarely burrow, rats will dig under buildings, along fences, and under plants and debris.... more
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Rat Movement

Rats can enter a building through a hole as small as 1/2 inch in diameter. They are strong swimmers, so, rats will live in sewers and can enter buildings through broken drains or toilets. A rat will climb to get to the food, water, or shelter. Rats follow regular routines and paths each day. If... more
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Mouse vs. Rat Behavior

One of the most important differences in behavior between mice and rats is that mice are curious and rats are cautious. Cautious rats: Rats are very careful and will choose to avoid new things in their path until they have had time to get used to them being there. Because of this, you need to... more
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Firewood Pests

A wood-burning stove or fireplace can bring a great deal of warmth, comfort, and pleasing aesthetics into a home. However, the firewood that is brought into the home for that fire can also bring with it a number of household pests. Rodent Control - The best method of rodent control is... more
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