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What are roof rats?

Roof rats are excellent climbers and so when they invade homes and other buildings they can typically be found in the upper parts of them, like the attic. They can be found commonly living around riverbeds, wharfs, and dock areas. They often live in colonies and once they scavenge a food source, they will return to it in groups over and over again. Their body is long and thin in shape. Adult bodies can be 6-8 inches in length with their tail adding another 6-8 inches to their total length. Their body is black in color and is speckled with brown hairs. Their underbelly can be white, gray or black in color.

What are Norway rats?

Norway rats, unlike roof rats, are not good climbers and therefore typically enter buildings through basements. Outdoors, they can be found living in fields, farmlands, and in woodpiles. They are larger than roof rats, with the bodies of adults growing to be 7-9 ½ inches in length. They are also much heavier bodied than a roof rat. They are brown in color with black hairs running throughout their fur. Their underbelly is grayish-white in color.

Are rats dangerous?

Yes, rats are very dangerous to have living in or around homes and businesses. They carry a variety of dangerous diseases including typhus, jaundice, rat-bite fever, cowpox virus, trichinosis and salmonellosis. They can also introduce fleas and mites into properties. Rats can cause a lot of physical damage to properties by chewing through wires, pipes, insulation, and drywall. They can also destroy personal items, like pictures, furniture, flooring, clothing, and stored items.

How do you get rid of rats?

Getting rid of rats from your property can be a difficult process. They best way to handle a rat infestation is to contact professionals. If you are experiencing problems with rats, contact the experienced professionals at Allgood Pest Solutions today. We can quickly, efficiently, and safely remove rats from your property, help to identify how they are entering, and prevent future problems with rats and other pests from occurring.