Bad Houseguests

Do you think you have rats living with you?

rat-infestationRats are not good houseguests. They are messy, do not clean up after themselves, and won’t leave when they have overstayed their welcome. You may not see them because they are secretive and like to hide, but you can definitely tell if they have moved in. They only need an opening the size of a quarter to be their welcome sign into your home. There are a variety of signs that will identify the rat houseguests, but there are some specific ones you should look out for to determine if you have a rat problem.

Follow The Signs

If you see a dead or living rat in your home, you have found the most tell-tale sign that you may have a rat infestation. Rats do not like to be in public, they prefer to hide, so if you see them in the open, you may have a large infestation. Basically, if the rat population has grown so much that the good hiding spaces are all taken, they are forced to reveal themselves more often.

The next sign you should look for is rat droppings. Rat Droppings are skinny pellets, usually about 3/8 inch long and 1/8 inch in diameter, with rounded tips and maybe slightly bulging in the center. Rats will also leave their mark with dirt or grease marks along walls and floorboards. It can almost be described as personal rat graffiti sign that identifies their territory.

If you do not find the most obvious signs, examine the areas surrounding your home for rat runs. Rat runs are tracks that are left in the grass that have turned into a foraging highway for the rodents. Once the rat has found a good travel path, they tend to use it regularly. Rats also like to chew and gnaw on all sorts of materials but especially plastic and wood. If you find large holes in the walls or floorboards or teeth marks, you may have a rat infestation.

Rat Nest

Rats will nest in all sorts of spaces from attics and walls to chimneys. Unfortunately, human homes are the perfect place for a rat to nest because they are warm, provide food and protection for predators. Once a rat has chosen a location to set up a nest, they never leave and they invite family members to join them. A female rat is only pregnant for three weeks and can produce a litter of 6 to 12 babies and she can reproduce six times a year. The offspring are independent in a month and are ready to reproduce in three to four months. They also typically will choose to mate and reproduce in their own birth location.

Pest Control Professional

In the event of a rat infestation, it is best to consult a pest control professional. Call Terminix Pest Control at (504) 834-7330 and we will get your unwanted guests evicted from your home.