Pest control rats / Mouse

Rats are one of the most common pests found in urban areas. Attracted by the vast waste mountains that humans amass in built up areas, rats are never more than 9 feet away from a human at any one time. Rats are rodents, and species of rat include the brown rat, referred to as the sewer rat, common rat, Norwegian rat, or the wharf rat. The black rat, kangaroo rats, bandicoot rats and the North American pack rats amongst many others.

Breeding habits

Rats breed at a phenomenal rate. A female rat can produce upwards of eight litters per year with fifteen rats per litter. Gestation period for rats is only 21 days. Young rats can breed within five weeks of birth. If mass extinction of a family of rats has occurred, the rats will increase their reproduction rates to restore their numbers over several months. Rat infestations can occur very quickly once a single pregnant female rat has entered a building.

Signs of Infestation

The first signs that an infestation has already taken place are rat droppings within a home or building, chewed boxes and gnaw marks in the house. Rats may also chew electric cables causing household fires Rats would normally stay below ground, but their numbers during an infestation require more food sources. This is when they venture into homes or buildings to seek extra nourishment. At this point the chances of having over fifty rats under the floorboards, in the caller or the attic of a home are usual.

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