Rats’ unique intelligence and physical strength make them formidable pests. There are two main kinds of rats that we find here in Vancouver, the Norway rat and the roof rat. While the two varieties have similar appearances: both varieties of rats are brown to black in colour, have pointy faces, somewhat humped backs, and scaly, nearly hairless tails. They can both reach up to 40 cm in length. Both are also nocturnal, meaning that daytime sightings could indicate the presence of a large infestation that needs to be handled by a professional rat control company.
Rats are mostly nocturnal, so the easiest way to tell if your residence has a rat infestation is by finding their droppings. Oftentimes, homeowners hear scratching or scuffling sounds between their walls when there are rodents present. Chewed-up food, packaging, and building materials are other ways of determining if your home has rats. You might also notice a telltale dirty ‘rub mark’ on the baseboards that they pass by frequently. Be aware that if you see rats in your home during the day, you likely have a large infestation on your hands, making it important to look into rat pest control services sooner than later.
Food products that rats have gotten a hold of should be discarded due to the feces, saliva, and urine that could have contaminated them. Rats are known disease carriers. They can transmit diseases directly through their bites or exposure to their waste, or they can transmit infection via their fleas. Rats carry diseases such as the plague, rat-bite fever, and Hantavirus.
The best rat pest control is preventing them in the first place! Our top tips for at-home rat control out are:
When it comes to rat removal, homeowners can choose to use poisoned bait or physical traps to eliminate lone invading rats. However, due to their ingenuity and rapid breeding habits, it’s usually best to tackle your infestation with the help of a professional rat control company. Our mice removal and rat removal processes consist of an initial service during which we isolate and seal any points of entry while strategically placing baits and traps throughout all areas of activity. We follow up with this service until the rodent problem is gone. For more information on how we can keep rodents out of your property, contact our rat exterminators today!
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