There are a couple of species of rats that you may want to know about. These are the Norway Rat and the Roof Rat. Both rats have similar characteristics but regardless of their type, having a rat infestation in your home or business is very disturbing, dangerous and proposes a great threat in damage to your properties. By understanding these two species can support efforts to get rid of them quickly and provide you with the proper precautions against reinfestation in the future.
Brown in color with black hairs, Norway rats are long bodied, ranging in length from 7” to 9 1/2” (not including the tail). Outside, these fast breeding pests are usually found in fields, close to riverbanks, and burrow in or under dead trees or woodpiles.
This rat species are nocturnal, quite cautious and commonly found inside Oklahoma basements, crawl spaces or on the ground floor. The Norway rat usually does not stray more than 100-150’ from their nest. They move indoors in the fall months to seek warm shelter and protection from the cold Winter months. Norway rats are not climbers, not known for their climbing skills, and they mostly stay on the ground. Like other types of rodents, they try to move indoors in the fall to seek warm shelter for the winter. Normally, you will find these pests inside basements, crawl spaces, or on the ground floor.
Also brown in color, the roof rat will have black patches with a gray, white, or black underbelly. A bit smaller than a Norway rat, the adult roof rat size in length ranges from 6” to 8” (not including the tail). They live in colonies, know for their fast breeding and will look for food in groups. Roof rats are good climbers of trees and are not afraid of heights. You may encounter a roof rat in the upper areas of a building, especially in attic areas.
Are rats dangerous?
Yes, rats do bite and are dangerous for many different reasons. They can carry and transmit a variety of diseases and introduce other parasites, like fleas and ticks, into your home or business. They also are known for their destructive habits, chewing through pipes, insulation, drywall, and wiring causing potential fire hazards and further water damage to your home or property.
Rats are also considered to be dangerous to homes and businesses because they can inflict a lot of structural damage to your property. They commonly chew on and sometimes even through pipes, insulation, drywall, and wiring. They can destroy personal belongings, inventory, and unfortunately, even your business’ reputation.
Can I get rid of rats myself?
We do not recommend do it yourself wildlife removal with rat infestations. Rats are normally very cautious and hard to locate their nesting areas and spend most of their time out of your line of site making it difficult to apply proper treatment or remove these pests.
Our wildlife removal experts at Flea Master have experience in detection of these pests and can quickly schedule an inspection to provide you with a customized plan fit specifically to your needs to humanely remove and control rats living on your property.
Our Flea Master Pest Control Program will help you battle against rats and allow you to reclaim your property. Give us a call to see how we can help to eliminate the nuisance and damage that these pests do to your property.
Our program includes:
- Detailed inspection of your home or business.
- A wildlife removal treatment in targeted areas where rat activity is present.
- We schedule a follow-up service call to include quarterly interior and/or exterior service visits.
We also cater a large variety of businesses to eliminate rat infestation problems. Contact us about our Flea Master Commercial Pest Control Program and schedule an inspection to help you keep a pest free facility.
How soon can you get there?
Flea Master Pest Control Solutions knows how stressful rat problems can be for home and business owners. We are committed to helping our customers control and eliminate pest problems as quickly as possible, and in most instances Flea Master Technicians are able to respond to service requests the same day or the very next day.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes. Flea Master utilizes natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. We follow very stringent product use guidelines so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. We practice methods for removal of rat infestations that are humanely controlled without danger to you, your family or pets.
How do I prevent future infestations?
Rats may choose your property to find a new habitat to start or move their colony into a warm environment with an ample food and water source and handy nesting materials.
The best solution for a rat infestation is to get help to remove this infestation as quickly as possible without further damage to your property. Even though an adult rat is considered a medium to large rodent they can squeeze themselves through quarter size spaces. Below are measures to prevent rats from setting up shop on your property and stop their home invasion with you.
Preventive measure for rat infestations are:
- Check for cracks and crevices in the foundation around your home or facility and take considerate steps to seal each potential entry. This includes areas where utilities enter your structure.
- Check exterior and interior doors, thresholds, windows and window screens for entry areas and seal and caulk as needed.
- Make sure you keep garage doors, shed doors and other outbuildings shut often.
- Keep your property free and a short distance from clutter, piles of debris, woodpile, and compost piles.
- Keep trash stored outside in receptacles with tight fitting lids. These trash receptacles must be away from the outside of your building.
- Keep tree limbs and bushes trimmed and away from your home.
Rats won’t be able to climb your trees and use your branches to cross over onto your roof and into your attic, or upper level storage areas.