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What Are Rats?

Rats are large rodents that can grow up to 18 inches in length (including their tail). These rodents range in color from black or dark gray to brown and have light gray or white-colored bellies. Rats are omnivores, meaning they will eat just about anything. Meat, nuts, fruit, plants, and grains as well are all on the menu for rats. Because of their eating habits, these large rodents can find a good meal just about anywhere, including on commercial and residential properties.

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Are Rats Dangerous?

Generally, these pests are feared due to their large size and the fact that they are capable of spreading a wide variety of diseases to humans. Rats are a pest that no home or business owner ever wants to deal with. But unfortunately, they are quite common invaders. Some of the diseases rats are known to spread include the plague, leptospirosis, Salmonellosis, and rat bite fever. The illnesses that rats spread to people have been fatal in some cases, making rats extremely dangerous, especially if you have a larger infestation. Like many other warm-blooded pests, rats can also bring fleas and ticks onto properties, which is another health concern. As with other rodent pests, rats have the tendency to chew on piping, electrical wiring, and wooden components of buildings, which leaves unsightly gnaw marks and creates a potential flooding or fire hazard.

Why Do I Have Rats?

Since rats aren't picky eaters, they will often invade homes and businesses and get into any food sources they can find. Garbage cans, open food containers, pet food, boxed grains and cereals, fruit bowls on the kitchen island, and improperly stored food items are all great food options for rats that are looking for a meal. If you leave food out unattended and have several hiding spaces and warm areas where rats can remain out of sight, you may unintentionally be attracting rats and other rodents to your property. Rats will most likely attempt to invade homes during fall and winter months to escape the cold and find food, but they will invade in other seasons as well.

How Do I Prevent Rats?

If you’re looking for a way to prevent rats from targeting your home or business, taking active preventative measures is a great way to try to maintain a pest-free home or workplace. Some steps you can take include:

  • Removing any and all food sources that rats might take advantage of

  • Sealing gaps, cracks, and crevices in your foundation or roofing

  • Repairing areas of your building that could provide an opening for rats to enter like vents, doors, windows, or window screens that are damaged or improperly fitted

How Insect IQ Can Help Get Rid Of Rats

When it comes to rat removal, partnering with us at Insect IQ is your best bet. With several different methods of rodent control and treatment options, you can customize your pest control experience to fit the exact needs of your property. No more rats on your property means no more having to worry about the problems they cause and the dangers they present. Make a pest-free life possible with Insect IQ! To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control plans that cover rodent control, contact us today!


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