What Every Riverside Property Owner Ought To Know About Rats

December 15, 2020

The term "rat" is often used to describe a person who gives out information they shouldn’t. We find this interesting, as this characteristic doesn’t apply to actual rats. This isn’t to say that rats aren’t trouble makers, just that they are known for being loyal, especially to other rats of the same kind. In nature, rats will stick together in packs, gathering food, building nests, and creating problems as a group. If you don’t know much about these furry invaders and are looking for some ways to keep them off your property, here is some information that is sure to help.

rat in a hole

Rats Habits, Diet, and Behaviors

Rats are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet. Not only are they quick learners, but they also understand complex concepts better than both cats and dogs. This makes them adept at invading properties and avoiding danger. 
The two most common rats here in Riverside are the Norway rat and the roof rat. Roof rats are agile and able to climb trees, telephone poles, and balance across electrical wires. This gives them a variety of options when looking to invade a property. Norway rats, on the other hand, are less agile, but still adept at invading.
Both Norway rats and roof rats use their strong front teeth to chew holes through a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, fabric, concrete, and even certain metals. If your home or business's exterior has small holes rodents cannot squeeze through, they are likely to use these sharp teeth to widen them until they can.
Rats are omnivorous and will eat anything humans do. The only thing they consume that people generally avoid is trash. After food is long past its due date, rats will still gobble it up for a meal.

The Dangers Of Rats

There are very few pests as dangerous as rats. Due to their generally unclean diet and filthy living environments, rats are known to pick up and carry a variety of disease-causing organisms. They spread these organisms off their bodies and through their fecal matter and urine. If you are dealing with a rat infestation in your home or business, be careful not to eat any food these pests have contaminated. On top of this, make sure you use protective gear while cleaning up after your infestation has been handled.
As if spreading disease wasn’t enough, rats also carry ticks and fleas into homes and business buildings. These smaller parasitic pests spread their own list of dangerous disease-causing organisms and are especially threatening to unprotected pets.

A Few Way To Prevent Rats

Properties attract rats in many ways, so the the trick to keeping them out is to limit these attractants and seal off points of entry. To reduce your chances of having to deal with a rat infestation, use these simple prevention tips:

  • Use some liquid cement or a caulking gun and some steel wool to fill in gaps and cracks in your property’s exterior foundation.
  • Trim back bushes and tree branches at least five feet from your property’s exterior.
  • Eliminate clutter such as leaf litter, woodpiles, and trash from around your property.
  • Make sure your gutters are working properly.
  • Fix leaky piping and fixtures.
  • Thoroughly clean your home or business at least once a week.
  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers.

To ensure rats stay off your Riverside property or to have a current infestation handled, get the professionals at MadCo Pest-A-Side involved. We only use the most advanced rodent elimination and exclusion tactics to ensure rats get and stay out of homes and businesses around Riverside. Call or reach out to us through our website now with any questions or to schedule your property for a service visit.

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