Rats

 

Rats have evolved throughout time and now

contain large teeth which they use to cause

damage throughout your home. Rats transmit

diseases through their saliva, feces, and urine.

Rats are notorious for spreading the catastrophic

Bubonic Plague, but even though it’s rare these

days there are still a few cases in the US each year.

Rats can also carry fleas and spread diseases such

as typhus, jaundice, rat-bite fever, trichinosis and

salmonellosis and cause incredible amounts of

property damage.

Aliases 

  • Norway Rats
  • Brown Rats
  • Roof Rats
  • Black Rats
  • Rattus Norvegicus

Description

  • Size: Usually 8 to 10 inches, plus a tail
  • Color: Typically grey, brown or black with a lighter colored belly

Characteristics

  • Rats not only spread a myriad of diseases, but they can introduce other pests into your house like ticks and fleas.
  • The first thing you’ll notice with a rat infestation (aside from the rats themselves) is their droppings, which are bigger than mouse droppings at around ½ an inch, and their nests are going to be in low traffic areas like crawlspaces, attics and basements.
  • Rats breed quickly, they bite, they spread disease and they like chewing on stuff. Other than that, they’re not that bad.

The Crimes

  • Infestation
  • Spreading Disease
  • Property Damage
  • Causing Allergies
  • Introduction of other Pests into the Home