Rats are found primarily where people live. Usually, they will nest in basements or lower levels of buildings. The best prevention against rats is good exterior sanitation and keeping your building in a good state of repair. 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 and pest control outcomes.
The roof rat (Rattus rattus), also known as the black rat, is another type of rodent found in our area, though less frequently than Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus). Smaller in size, roof rats are climbers, and are named for their tendency to seek shelter in the upper parts of buildings.