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Rat Removal

Rats Overview

Rats are husky, brownish rodents that can weigh up to a pound and can be about 16 inches long with the tail. They are omnivorous, meaning they will eat nearly anything, but mainly seek out seeds and grains. Our most common type of rat removal request is for the Norway rat, also known as the brown rat or common rat, which reach reproductive maturity at three months of age, and are able to birth six to 12 babies every 21 days. Rat control is crucial because of this quick reproductive process.  A rat can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old.

Where are They Found?


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.

What Makes Rats Harmful?


A rat averages about 100 droppings per day in an area ranging up to 450 feet. Rats contaminate food and may spread diseases that may affect people and pets. They are also destructive pests that can cause damage to your home or property by gnawing and burrowing.

Signs Rats are Present in Your Home or Facility


Rats can leave several signs within your building that indicate their presence. They usually build burrows underground, which are about three inches in diameter. Whether you need help with rat burrow or rat nest removal, Braman can help. Dwellings are just one of several signs that they are currently inhabiting your building:

  • Droppings
  • Signs of gnawing
  • Evidence of underground burrows, which often have multiple entrances



Many of the control measures we use for mice are the same ones we use for rat pest control. Unlike mice, which are curious, rats are suspicious animals so it may take a couple of days before they approach baits or traps. A rat is much larger than a mouse, which makes it easier to find and block their means of entry. We employ baiting and trapping techniques, treat burrows to control rat populations and use physical exclusion methods as part of our rat removal process. Using multiple methods and materials ensures success, and we can guarantee the removal of all rats on the premises.

If you think you have a rat infestation, contact Braman for rat removal service immediately.

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Fun Fact

Rats have open-rooted dentition, which means their teeth never stop growing throughout their lifetime, which is why they need to constantly chew and gnaw. Their teeth are also harder than some metals including aluminum and copper!

Fun Fact

Rats are great swimmers and can hold their breath for up to three minutes.

(Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)