Georgia and Tennessee and hotbeds for rat infestations; the Atlanta metro area is consistently ranked in the top 15 most rat-infested cities in the country. Conventional wisdom states that if you see a rat, there’s half a dozen more you don’t see; given how fast rats can multiply, all it takes is a small crack in your siding or an open trash can out back for your home or business to be completely infested. Even if you don’t live in a big city, you’re still at risk for a rat problem, so it’s important to know which rats are out there and what you can do to stop them.
What types of rats are in Georgia?
Roof rats are excellent climbers, 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 repeatedly in groups. Their bodies are long and thin; adults can be 6 to 8 inches in length, with their tails adding another 6 to 8 inches to their total length. Roof rats are typically black in color, speckled with brown hairs. Their underbellies can be white, gray or black in color.
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 adults growing up to 7 to 9½ inches in length. They are also much heavier than roof rats. Norway rats are brown in color, with black hairs running throughout their fur. Their underbellies are usually 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:
- Rat-bite fever
- Cowpox virus
They can also introduce fleas and mites onto your property. Rats can cause a lot of physical damage as well by chewing through wires, pipes, insulation, and drywall. They can also destroy personal effects like pictures, furniture, flooring, clothing, and stored items as they gather things to build their nests.
Get rid of rodents with rodent control from Allgood Pest Solutions
Getting rid of rats from your property can be a difficult process. The best way to handle a rat infestation is to contact a pest management professional. 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.