Latin Name:Rattus norvegicus, Rattus rattus
Size:18 to 25 cm (7 to 10 in)
Life Expectancy:1 year approximately
Problems:Various Disease Carriers, damage to property
Behaviour, Diet and Habits:
The rat is usually nocturnal and is also a good swimmer, both on the surface and underwater, and has been observed climbing slim round metal poles several feet in order to reach garden bird feeders and Rats have the ability to swim up sewer pipes into toilets. Some rats dig well, and often excavate extensive burrow systems. The rat is a true omnivore and will consume almost anything, but cereals form a substantial part of its diet.
Signs of Rat Infestations:
Places to look for rat infestations are around pipes, behind walls and near garbage cans. Holes in walls and scurrying noises at night.
Minimizing a Rat Infestation:
Methods should be implemented immediately in order to maintain a rodent-free dwelling. Due to their reproductive cycle, Rodents can multiply quickly and become a serious health risk in a short amount of time. Due to the potential severe health risks, we recommend calling us as soon as possible to minimize the risk and to stop a rat infestation.
Food sources should be kept away from rodents. Garbage and small crumbs attract rodents as do most foods found in the kitchen. Foods should be stored in glass or metal containers if possible. Also cardboard and packing materials can attractive rodents as they are used for nests.
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