Rats Go Bump In The Night

Have you ever awakened to strange sounds in the middle of the night? Heard scratching or thuds in the attic? It’s probably not ghosts or goblins, but maybe something equally creepy … rats! Pests in the home are often detected by sound. A thorough inspection of the attic may reveal the noisy culprit to be roof rats.
Roof rats (also known as ship rat, house rat and black rat) originated in tropical Asia and spread through the Near East in Roman times before
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reaching Europe by the 6th century AD and spreading with Europeans across the world. Black with a slender body, the roof rat has pinkish feet and a grayish-white underside. Its tail is longer than its body, it has large ears and a short snout. Adult rats have a body length of about 6.5 to 9.5 inches with a tail about 7 to 10 inches long.
Roof rats are active at dusk, night, and dawn. They prefer to munch on plants, but they will eat just about anything, including insects, feces, garbage and carrion (aka: dead critters). They move in packs or colonial groups of 20 to 60. Females often make a nest of shredded material in attics or roof cavities. Female rats can have a litter of up to four to 10 pups.
Roof rats occur worldwide and they are implicated in carrying the flea that spreads plague.
If you have recently heard strange sounds in the middle of the night, contact A1 Exterminators today to schedule your professional inspection. We can evict these unwanted guests.
Article Source: Pest Gazett

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