Pittsburgh Rat Control Exterminator
The biggest, scariest thing you’ll ever see run across the kitchen floor! These vile rodents are distinguished by their size, generally having bodies 7-10 inches in length (not including tail) and weighing up to a full pound. Aside from leaving their urine and droppings all over your home, it is estimated that Rodents cause about 20-25% of all undetermined house fires from chewing on electrical wiring. They can also cause damage to a home’s plumbing system. The Center for Disease Control also lists nearly a dozen diseases directly linked to rats. They share many of the same traits as mice but are in fact, a beast of their own displaying unique characteristics and behavioral patterns. Unlike mice, they burrow much deeper into the ground and will travel far distances from their nest to find sufficient food and water. While still curious, they are also instinctively weary of new things in the surroundings.
So how do I know if I have Rats? There are a number of different signs that tip you off to this home invader such as; droppings, foot prints, gnawing/chewing damage, burrow holes/tunnels, sounds, odors and the obvious sighting. They are very common in urban areas and often build large populations in cities near water, often in sewers.
How did I get them in the first place? The three necessities for people to survive: warmth, food and water are readily available in your home for these rodents. While they would rather not live with you when faced with starving, dehydration or just plain freezing to death, rats will move in. rats have physical capabilities that enable them to gain entry to structures by gnawing, climbing, jumping and even swimming! Most (Norway) rats prefer to take the low road, entering the home through the lower portion of the home or even from under it. They can squeeze their way into any crack or crevice roughly the size of a quarter and have even been known to chew through PVC piping!
How can I get rid of these unwanted house guests? Because the average rat colony can at times number in the dozens, contacting Budget Pest Control Inc. regarding our rat control is a smart first step. Our fully trained, experienced technicians along with our state-of-the-art trucks, equipment and materials will put these night time trespassers to bed once and for all. And better yet, our rat control treatments are designed to take care of the entire nest so you can rest easy at bedtime. Suggestions and tips provided by our technicians that will minimize the potential for future problems are always part of the service.
Contact Us today to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members who will discuss your particular infestation, go over our rat control treatment options as well as provide you with a quote in a jiffy and offer speedy service to your property seven days a week!
Norway rats, which are most common in our neck of the woods, are large rodents, usually ranging from 7-10 inches in size from head to tip of tail. They’re shaded in a variety of brown and grey colors, and will have a naked tail that is about the length of their body.
- Rats have terrible vision, so they must rely on their hearing and sense of smell to navigate. Their hearing is so developed that they can actually detect ultrasonic noises.
- Despite their reputation to be a highly effective disease carrier, rats are very keen on cleanliness and grooming, and will at times groom each other in a nest.
- While it was no secret that rats are highly intelligent, they were recently found to use metacognition, meaning that they have the ability to use strategic learning or thinking practices. It was previously believed that only humans and primates could employ this type of thought.
MYTH: Rats are able to collapse their bone structures to enter a home.
FACT: While it is true that mice have a collapsible skeleton, rats do not. Often times when dealing with rat damage, there will be significant damage caused to an area they’ve entered a structure from.
MYTH: Rats only eat things like seeds, nuts, fruits, grains and other cereal items.
FACT: Rats are omnivores. They will eat pretty much anything if their lives depend on it. In some places (not the U.S.), rats will actually kill and eat birds and ducks.
MYTH: Rats were the cause of the spread of the bubonic plague or Black Death.
FACT: While, yes, rats can carry the carry the disease, they’re also affected by the disease similarly to the way humans are. The cause for the spread of the disease has been found to be the fleas that would feed on rats, and then jump to humans to transmit the disease.
- Rat infestations are typically marked by having a concentrated area or areas in the home in which rat feces or urine will pile up over time.
- Holes being made in the foundation of a home, around ventilation outlets on the exterior or in thinner home construction materials are common signs of rat entry, as they’ll gnaw and claw open small holes into ones large enough to fit their bodies through.
- Scratching noises, chirping or gnawing sounds emitted from wall voids, floor voids, attics and other secluded areas are good signs of rodent infestation. The key difference in differentiating rat/mice or chipmunk/squirrel noises within a home will be the time at which the noises occur. Rats and mice will commonly only travel late nights and early mornings due to their nocturnal nature.
Rats Frequently Asked Questions
Rats are medium-sized, long-tailed rodents.
They can carry diseases and cause structural damage.
They are omnivores, eating both plant and animal materials.
Look for droppings, gnaw marks, nests, or unusual sounds.
Typically around 1-2 years in the wild.
Yes, they can chew through various materials, including wood and soft metals.
Yes, they can carry diseases like Leptospirosis and Hantavirus.
Food sources, water, and shelter attract them.
Rats can reproduce rapidly, with females capable of having multiple litters each year.
Yes, they are excellent climbers.
Seal entry points, keep areas clean, and manage waste properly.
Yes, they are most active at night.
Call Budget Pest Control for professional rodent control.
Yes, they are good swimmers.
Rats are larger than mice with thicker bodies and longer tails.
Yes, though it’s relatively rare unless they feel threatened.
Their eyesight is poor; they rely more on their other senses.
There are many species, but the most common are Norway rats and roof rats.
While they can survive alone, rats are typically social animals.
The presence of a cat can deter rats, but it’s not a guaranteed solution.