rats bugging servicesWhat’s Bugging You? Rats

Damage: Like mice, rats can contaminate human food sources, and cause damage to structural materials. Noises, droppings, rub marks, tracks, gnaw marks, fur, and burrows may all be signs of rat activity.

Habitat: The rat most commonly found around homes in North Carolina is the Norway rat. Norway rats are good diggers and build their nests in holes made around the foundations of buildings, in stream banks, and under piles of wood or trash.

Breeding: If not controlled by man or natural enemies, the Norway rat can easily have a population explosion. A female can mate with a male just hours after giving birth and mating goes on between males and females all year round. Litter mates are well enough developed to leave the nest at three to four weeks of age. Females can breed at three months of age. They can have two to 22 young, but seven to 11 is much more usual. Few Norway rats live out their full three years. A female can have up to 12 litters a year if conditions are very good, but usually has five.

Treatment: Eliminating tempting food sources and caulking and sealing all holes larger than half and inch are good preventative measures for rats. If you have an infestation, your pest control professional will work to eliminate the problem. Our preventative maintenance program will protect your home from future rat populations.

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