Category: Rats

Baby mice

When homes are infested with mice, humans will often find chewed up wires, books, papers and insulation around their home. Mice aren't eating these items, they are chewing them into pieces that they can use to make their nests. This is because mice nests are made from whatever the female mouse... more
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How to keep pests and unwanted visitors away

Once you've identified a pest or animal problem, the last thing you want is a repeat. To prevent a future infestation, start by inspecting your home for any holes or gaps that pests could use as an entry point. Next, aim to keep your gutters free of debris, and don't leave food scraps lying... more
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Rats in your walls

Like mice, rats tend to get into food packages and containers that can be chewed through, so if you see bite marks on packaging, throw those things out and prepare for the possibility that you might have a rat infestation. Rats are nocturnal creatures, so if you have a problem with them, you'll... more
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Rodent Nests

Rodents prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas where there is little chance of disturbance. House mice, specifically, like to build their nests out of shredded paper products, cotton, packing materials, wall insulation and fabrics. If you see these materials scattered around the home, it might be... more
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Rodent Gnaw marks

Rodents can cause serious property damage by chewing through almost any type of material – including plastic and lead pipes – to obtain food or water. House mice and Norway rats are also known to gnaw on wires behind walls, which can increase the risk for a fire in the home. It’s necessary to... more
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How to Spot Mice or Rat droppings

What to Look For Droppings: Finding mice or rat droppings around the home is one of the most common signs of a rodent infestation. Measuring approximately 1/8-1/4” (3-6 mm) long, these pellets are often left behind in places where food is stored, such as kitchen cabinets or pantries.... more
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Allergies & Asthma

While we tend to associate allergies and asthma with the outdoors, common household pests such as cockroaches, dust mites and rodents are also major triggers, especially in children. Cockroach saliva, droppings and decomposing body parts, for example, contain allergens that can exacerbate the... more
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Rat Offspring

Before their offspring are born, rats build nests from any material that can be foraged from the area, including branches, grass, trash and paper. These nests are usually built in crevices, in rotting trees or in buildings. Rats, generally, are baby-making machines. Female rats can mate around... more
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Rat Diet

Rats are omnivores, but many prefer meat when they can get it. House and brown rats usually use humans for their primary food source. They will scavenge through trash or eat any food that is left unprotected. Rats have also been known to eat grain or kill insects, water creatures such as snails,... more
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Rat Habits

Overall, rats live to forage and mate. Most rats are nocturnal, though the brown rat is often a wake day or night. Rats usually stick together in groups called packs. New packs are formed when a male and female go off on their own and nest in an area that doesn’t already contain a pack. Brown... more
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