Rats belong in the same family as the common house mouse, but their unique intelligence and physical strength make them a formidable pest. There are two main kinds of rat, and an infestation of either requires the help of a rat. The Norway rat and the roof rat look similar but have different habits. Both breeds are common to the Vancouver area. While the two varieties have a similar appearance, their habits are different. Both varieties of rats are brown to black in colour. Both breeds have pointy faces, somewhat humped backs, and scaly, nearly hairless tails. Both varieties may be up to 40 cm long. Both types of rats are nocturnal, and daytime sightings could mean that there is a large infestation that needs to be handled by a professional rat removal company.
Rats are mostly nocturnal, so the easiest way to tell if your residence has an infestation of rats is by their droppings. Often, homeowners can also hear scratching or scuffling sounds between walls. Chewed food, packaging, and chewed building materials are other ways of determining if your home has rats. Often there is a telltale dirty ‘rub mark’ on the baseboards that they pass by frequently. Be aware that if rats are visible during the day, you likely have a bigger infestation on your hands, making it important to look into rat pest control services.
Food products that have been investigated by rats should be discarded as tainted, due to the feces, saliva, and urine that the pests leave behind. Rats are known disease carriers. They can transmit diseases directly by contaminating food with their waste or by biting people. They can also transmit infection via their fleas. Rats carry diseases such as the plague, rat-bite fever, and Hantavirus.
The best rat control is preventing them in the first place! Our top tips to keep rats out are to:
When it comes to rat removal homeowners can choose to use poisoned bait or physical traps to kill solitary invading rats. Due to the ingenuity and rapid breeding habits of the pests, it’s usually best to contact a rat control company for help with an infestation. Our mice removal and rat removal consist of an initial service that includes isolating the points of entry and sealing them while placing strategic baits and traps throughout the areas of activity. We follow up with this service until the rodent problem is gone. For more information on how we can keep rats out of your property, contact our rat removal experts today!
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