How To Deter Rats

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Rat facts

Discovering rats in your home or business can be very distressing. Luckily, there are ways you can deter rats and prevent an infestation. These rodents have been plaguing humans for centuries. They are both hardy animals and very clever. They can get into tiny spaces, which is why even the smallest of holes in your home could be a potential access point for rats.

At Western Exterminator, we know all of the rat facts so that we can better serve you in removing these rodents from your home and preventing their return. Rats and other rodents are a problem in many areas such as Anaheim, Bakersfield, Boise, Fresno, Oxnard, Santa Maria, Vancouver and Van Nuys. Wherever you are, our local specialists can solve your rat problem.

We get a lot of questions about rats such as:

  • Do rats bite?
  • What do rats look like?
  • How long to rats live?
  • How big are rats?
  • How do rats get inside?

Plus, many more questions from home and property owners who have seen rats and want to get rid of them or prevent rats from coming back. Rats are smart, so that means we have to even smarter when finding them and finding ways to prevent them. 

If you have a problem with rats, contact our local rat control specialists by scheduling an appointment and property inspection with your nearest Western Exterminator office. 

Basic rat facts

At Western Exterminator, we are rat experts. For example, we know that rats are rodents that are part of the Muroidea family and the genus known as Rattus. Two of the most common rat species in the country are the black and brown rats. Some other key facts include:

  • Rats can range in size from a few inches to monster rats that get as big as 10 inches.
  • Rats are very social creatures and like to be with other rats. They tend to form very tight family bonds
  • Rats have very sharp teeth that are constantly growing and to control that they have to chew on hard or rough objects.
  • Rats have been known to chew on things like wood, cinder blocks, glass, wires, wire mesh, and even lead.
  • One of the dangers of rats is that they will chew through wires and electrical cables which can be a fire hazard.
  • Rats are outstanding climbers and will climb trees and get into your home via the roof.
  • Rats are also excellent swimmers. A rat can tread water for up to three days and hold their breath for a long time. This is how they can survive being flushed down toilets or come back up through them to access your home.
  • Rats have great memories, so once they map out a room they will remember all of the routes to get around for a long time. They have poor eyesight, and use their whiskers to get around.
  • Rats use their tails for balancing purposes, but can also communicate with each other via their tails and use their tails to regulate their body temperatures.

What do rats eat?

Rats like to chew on just about anything. But, what do rats like to eat? Well, it all depends on where you're living. That's because city rats and wild rats, or non-urban rats eat different things.

All rats are omnivores and opportunists. Even in rural areas, they'll eat just about anything that they come across and decide smells interesting. That includes carcasses.

In the wild, rats tend to eat things like fruit, plants, seeds and are more likely to be vegetarians. However, city rats like to eat garbage and meat. They will consume pet food and just about any human food that they come across.

That's why making sure food and trash are secured is important. If you have outdoor pets, then pet foods need to be stored securely and you need to avoid leaving them outdoors. Make sure that openings are secured so that rats don't get inside to go after food stored there.

How long do rats live?

One of the most common questions we get is: how long do rats live? Of course, this is not an easy question to answer and there is not just one answer which can be given for all species of rat in existence. There are a number of factors that can determine how long rats live.

The life-span of a rat depends on if it's a wild rat or a rat kept as a pet. Rats that are kept healthy in captivity as a family pet can live up to 4 years. Rats in the wild tend to live a little less and will only live 2 or 3 years.

Rat diseases

Rats can carry diseases and transmit them to humans. They can do so through their saliva, urine or feces.

Rats also carry parasites and pests such as fleas and ticks that will also transmit diseases. So, in addition to the property destruction in your home, there are health risks with rats.

The diseases rats carry include:

  • Hantavirus - a potentially deadly virus that is transmitted via the rat urine. It has a wide variety of symptoms, but those infected get very ill very quickly.

  • Bubonic plague - transmitted via the fleas that find their homes on rats and is the disease that nearly wiped out most of humanity during the dark ages. Even though there are treatments, it is still a very serious disease.

  • Rat bite fever - a disease in the saliva of a rat that is transmitted via the bite. It can cause symptoms such as fever and vomiting and progress to a severe inflammation of the skin.

  • Rickettsial disease - there are a few diseases that fall into this category and also come from the fleas and parasites found on rats. They include two different types of typhus and spotted fever.

  • Leptospirosis - a bacterial disease and symptoms can range from aches and pains, to fevers to more severe symptoms such as bleeding in the lungs, kidney failure. It can even lead to meningitis.

Expert rat removal

We work with you to find the right solution to remove and keep rats away from your property, throughout your commercial buildings or within your home.

Call a Western Exterminator specialist at 888-674-0955 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Don't wait another moment if you think you have rats, just call us today!



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