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Common signs of Rats

Rats are larger rodents than mice and can be a significant nuisance when they infest homes or properties. Common signs of rat infestations include:

  • Droppings: Rat droppings are larger than those of mice, typically 1/2 to 3/4 inch long and shaped like a capsule. They are often dark brown or black and can be found in areas where rats are active, such as along walls or near food sources.
  • Gnaw Marks: Rats have strong, sharp teeth and will gnaw on a variety of materials, including wires, wood, plastic, and cardboard. Look for gnaw marks on these items.
  • Nesting Materials: Rats build nests using a variety of materials, such as paper, cardboard, fabric, and insulation. Discovering shredded nesting materials in hidden areas can indicate a rat infestation.
  • Urine Odour: Rats produce a distinctive, musky odour that becomes more noticeable as their population increases. The smell of rat urine can linger in areas where they are active.
  • Scratching Noises: Like mice, rats are active at night and can be heard scratching, squeaking, or scurrying in walls, ceilings, or under floors.
  • Visible Rats: In some cases, you may see rats in and around your home, especially at dusk or dawn when they are most active.
  • Chewed Electrical Wires: Rats are known to gnaw on electrical wires, posing a fire hazard. Inspect wires for signs of damage.
  • Food Damage: Rats will chew through food packaging to access food. Check for torn or damaged food packages in your pantry.
  • Pet Behaviour: Cats and dogs may become more alert and interested in certain areas if they sense the presence of rats.
  • Holes and Entry Points: Rats can enter buildings through small openings. Inspect your home for holes or gaps in walls, roofs, or foundations.

If you suspect a rat infestation in your home or property, it’s essential to address it promptly, as rats can carry diseases and cause significant damage. Rat infestations often require more substantial control measures than mouse infestations due to their size and resilience.

How we deal with rats

It is very natural to feel anxious or uncomfortable when you think pests are in your property. Be confident that S&S Pest Control can help you professionally eliminate these pests. 

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