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Rat Identification & Prevention

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What are rats?

Like their cousin the mouse, the rat is a type of rodent that regularly makes its way into our Raleigh area homes and businesses. From nose to tips of the tail, rats living in our area grow to be between 15 and 17 inches long. Gray, brown, or black fur covers their body, while the fur covering their belly is generally lighter in color. The rat’s long, scaly tail and its ears are void of hair. 

Rats have powerful jaws and sharp front incisors they use for eating, gathering nesting supplies, and creating entry and exit points. Their teeth are the cause of a lot of problems in our homes. Rats have large jaws and teeth that are powerful enough to cause major structural damage to our homes.

Are rats dangerous?

Rats are very dangerous to have inside our homes; they carry and spread diseases that cause serious illnesses in people. They can spread diseases through their bites and the urine and droppings they leave throughout your home. They also contaminate surfaces with the bacteria they carry on their bodies. Some of the many diseases they spread include:

  • Hantavirus
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)
  • Salmonella
  • Tularemia
  • Rat-bite fever

Other reasons that rodents are dangerous and unwanted in our homes are that they contaminate food, chew through wires and cables, and cause damage to walls, floors, and furniture.

Why do I have a rat problem?

If rats have found a way into your yard or your home, it is because they have discovered your property has sources of food, water, and shelter. Properties with multiple food sources and indoor and outdoor nesting spots are most attractive to rats.

The following things will attract rats to your property and make them want to become permanent members of your household. 

  • Open trash cans
  • Fruit trees and gardens
  • Pet food
  • Bird feeders
  • Outdoor eating areas

Where will I find rats?

If rats are in your Raleigh home, it is likely one of two species; the roof rat or the Norway rat. 

Norway rats are typically found nesting at ground level or burrowing under areas of dense vegetation, woodpiles, rock piles, or foundations. Their heavy, dense bodies hinder their climbing abilities. Inside our structures, Norway rats live at ground level, usually choosing to nest in basements, crawl spaces, or behind wall voids.

Roof rats are excellent climbers, their slim athletic build allowing them to be very agile. These rats prefer to nest up off the ground in trees, shrubs, and vines. Indoors, these rats nest in attics, roof eaves, wall voids, and chimneys.

How do I get rid of rats?

Rats are large rodents that can be quite destructive to our properties and introduce health risks to people. If you ever spot rats or signs of their presence on your Raleigh property, immediately reach out to us for help. 

At Southern Pest Solutions, we place a high value on honoring our promises and providing our customers with the most effective and comprehensive pest solutions in Raleigh possible. We are a locally owned and operated company. Our professionals know the rodents common to the region, where they like to live, and what is driving them into our residential and commercial properties. Our professionals will evict all the rodents from your property through a combination of services, including inspections, sanitation services, baits and traps, monitoring, and exclusion services. To begin eliminating rats from your North Carolina home or business, reach out to us today to schedule our rodent control services in Raleigh

How can I prevent rats in the future?

We have compiled a list of our most helpful tips to deter opportunistic rats and keep them out of your Raleigh home.

  • Eliminate clutter and debris around your property that will invite rats to nest near your home.
  • Fix leaky pipes and faucets in and around your home that provide a water source for water.
  • Regularly harvest fruit from fruit trees and pick up any fruit that does fall to the ground.
  • Pick up and clean out your pet’s food and water bowls each night before going to bed. Rats and other rodents love to nibble on pet food and drink from water bowls.
  • Keep indoor and outdoor eating areas free of leftover food, crumbs, and other food debris rats will use as a food source.