Rats are an age-old invader of homes and properties. They can destroy parts of your home, ruin furniture, eat and spoil food, and spread disease. It’s therefore a priority for homeowners to deal with mice and rats as soon as possible.
Signs of Infestation
The first sign is often pellet-like rodent droppings around food, cabinets, sinks, etc.
Look for chew marks in your pantry goods, with bags or boxes of foods like cereal being torn into.
You may hear squeaking noises from odd parts of the house. This likely indicates there’s a family of mice or rats somewhere close-by (such as in a wall or cupboard).
Rats may chew holes and pathways out of your floor or in your walls, creating highways for rats to travel from room to room, or to access your house from the outside.
You may find nesting material like shredded paper, insulation or fabric tucked into corners and crevices.
You may detect bad smells from behind walls or in vents due to rat urine or feces.
Quick Facts & Identifiers
Smaller than rats: full grown adults can range between 1-4 inches in body length. Their tails are also furry, and their ears large and floppy.
As with rats, they come in many shades of brown, black, white, or grey.
Very territorial but also social.
Mice and Rats
• Always keep your living space clean, which reduces the risk from other pests, as well.
• Empty garbage proactively, pick up crumbs, and keep pantry food sealed in metal bins; or store your rice, grains and cereals in your freezer.
• If you’ve taken away their food source, you should also eliminate their water source. Be mindful of standing water in your home. Keep water bowls for pets in rooms that you know are rat and mouse-proof.
• Be mindful of chewed holes in your house. These are rat and mouse entry points, and should be patched immediately to block their transit system.
• Rats and mice are historically the cause of plagues and diseases. They can carry dangerous parasites, bacteria and protozoa, such as the bacterium leptospirosis (or Well’s disease), transmitted by rat urine and which can cause kidney damage.
• Other diseases include the potentially deadly Hanta virus, salmonella poisoning, and rat-bite fever.
• Rats can even act as the intermediary host between fleas infected with bubonic plague (the disease that killed millions before the discovery of its cause).
• Humans can contract many of these diseases as a result of not cleaning up droppings and urine.
• One of the only reliable ways to end a mouse or rat infestation is to reach out to a professional. Contact our PRO staff for an inspection or a FREE estimate to get rid of your rat or mouse problem for good.
Quick Facts & Identifiers
Rats are nocturnal rodents that can include true rats (black rats or brown rats), or other similar mammals of a different species (kangaroo rats, pack rats, etc.)
Larger than mice (12-18 inches in length) with bodies generally the same length as their tails. Their tails are also hairless.
They appear in various colors like white, gray, brown and black.
Can weigh anywhere from one half to a full pound and they leave behind grease marks wherever they travel.