Rats are on the loose! This past week Preferred Pest technicians received a call from a homeowner who was experiencing rat problems. As you can see in the photo, the homeowner caught a picture of the pesky critter when it scurried by in their kitchen. Throughout the summer months, rats can become a serious problem for homeowners due to easier access to homes with doors being propped open, dog doors, etc.
The two most common rats are Norway and roof rats. Norway rats are red, gray, brown and even black in color and can grow up to 13-16 inches long. Roof rats are black and tend to be a bit smaller than Norway rats.
Both Norway and roof rats are most active during dusk and dawn. Each has an incredible sense of smell and both tend to be suspicious of new things in their environment. Norway rats are known for building their nests below ground, being great climbers and are also decent swimmers. Roof rats are also known for their strong ability to climb, however, they are not strong swimmers.
Signs of a Rat Infestation
There are numerous signs that indicate a rat infestation. The most common signs include:
- Rub marks from the rat's fur.
- Sounds of scurrying or scratching.
- Gnaw marks on plastic, wood and other surfaces.
- Fecal droppings.
- Nests in or around the foundation, attics, etc.
How to Keep Rats Out
The most effective way to keep rats out of your home is to avoid propping doors open, seal any gaps around the foundation of your home, and keep garbage bins closed.
Des Moines Pest Control
Have you been experiencing a situation like this Des Moines homeowner? Or maybe you know someone who has? Regardless of the situation, Preferred Pest technicians can help! To remove rats effectively and to keep them out for good, schedule an appointment with us online or call at (515) 276-7277!