Many of the control measures we use for mice are the same ones we use for rat control. Unlike mice, which are curious, rats are suspicious animals so it may take a couple of days before they approach baits or traps. Rats are also much larger than mice, which makes it easier to find and block their means of entry. We will employ baiting and trapping extermination techniques, treat burrows to control rat populations and use physical exclusion methods as part of our rat control program. Using multiple methods and materials ensures success. We will make sure there are no rats remaining on the premises. Guaranteed!
If you think you have an infestation of rats, contact Braman immediately.
Rats are husky, brownish rodents that usually weigh between 10 and 12 ounces. Rats are omnivorous, meaning they will eat nearly anything, but seeds and grains are the most common foods. They have keen senses of taste, hearing and smell and are good swimmers. Rats have litters of 6 to 12 young, which are born 21 to 23 days after mating. Young rats reach reproductive maturity in about three months. Breeding is most active in spring and fall. The average female has four to six litters per year. Rats can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old.
Another kind of rat is the roof rat (Rattus Rattus) or black rat. Smaller than Norway rats, roof rats are climbers. They are not common in New England.
Where are they found?
Rats are found primarily where people live. Usually they will nest in basements or lower levels of buildings. Keeping structures in a state of good repair is important. The best prevention against rats is good exterior sanitation. Make sure you properly dispose of garbage and remove clutter from around your property. Good sanitary practices will not eliminate rats in all instances, but it will make the environment less hospitable, improving rat control outcomes.
What makes them harmful?
A rat averages about 100 droppings per day in a range up to 300 feet. Rats contaminate food and may spread diseases that may affect people and pets. Rats are destructive pests. They can cause damage to your home or property by gnawing and burrowing.
What are signs I may have rats?
- Signs of gnawing
- Evidence of underground burrows, which can be elaborate and have multiple entrances
Call Braman immediately for rat control assistance.