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rat

Description

Rat

Pest Stats

Color

Brown, Black, or White with scattered black hairs; gray to white underside

Legs

4

Shape

Long, heavily bodied; blunt muzzle

Size

5-9 ½ inches long

Antennae

No

Region

Found throughout U.S.

Habits

Rats are primarily nocturnal and social rodents that burrow closely to one another. They are good swimmers but some are poor climbers. Rats have poor eyesight but excellent hearing, smell, taste, and touch. They often enter homes in the fall so seek warmth, food, and water. Rats can to gnaw through almost anything – including plastic or lead pipes – to obtain food or water. They can be a constant nuisance for restaurants because of their ability to cause food-borne illnesses. The regulation on sanitation for rodents is in food service is very strict.

Habitat

Rats are known to live in fields, farmlands, sewers, in structures. They frequently burrow in soil near riverbanks, in garbage and woodpiles, and under concrete slabs. Indoors, rats often nest in basements, attic insulation, piles of debris or undisturbed materials. Rodents can enter a home through any opening as small as the size of a quarter.

Threats

Rats cause property damage, spread disease, and bite. through their gnawing and eating in search of food, water, and shelter. Rats are known for transmitting diseases including hantaviruses, plague, jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis and salmonellosis. In addition, rats can contaminate food and introduce fleas into a home.

Rat Prevention

If you suspect a rat infestation, it is important to hire a professional to rid your home of rats as soon as possible. The most effective way to get rid of rats call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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