Appearance: Medium sized rodents usually brown or black, with a long tail.
Size: The size varies, but rats are rarely more than 1.1 pounds in the wild.
Infestation Locations: Rats are considered commensals with humans. They live off of our food and waste. They can be found all over the world living alongside their human hosts. Some of the places to look for rats include: around pipes, and around trash cans.
Risks: Property damage, food contamination, and the centers for disease control have identified nearly a dozen different diseases associated with rats.
A group of rats is called a pack, or a mischief or rats. The best known rats are the black rat and the brown rat. These opportunistic survivors are native to Europe, and were spread around the world in the holds of ships during the age of discovery to current times. These rodents have been associated with spreading disease since the middle ages, including the infamous Black Death. In modern times the Centers for Disease control have linked rats to the spread of nearly a dozen different diseases.
Rats are clever and intelligent which they use to their advantage to find their way into manmade structures. Rats are actively social creatures. In studies they have been known to free other rats from cages before consuming readily available food. They are also shy, which can mask the fact that your structure may be infested. Often there dropping and the damage done is the only indication of a major infestation.
Because of their intelligence and social behaviors, rats can be difficult to control. Simple things that can be done to prevent or eliminate rat infestations are: clean up food waste promptly, remove and eliminate debris that could provide sheltering habitat for rats. If you suspect a rat infestation contact DLM Pest Control immediately, we will provide you will concrete solutions to this problem.