Habitat: Wooded areas and urban/suburban structures. Sewers, garages, storage sheds, warehouses, attics, walls, basements, crawlspaces, etc
Diet: In the wild, rats eat fruits, vegetables and nuts. In urban areas, rats depend heavily on humans to provide food sources. They will eat almost anything that people leave behind, and even small crumbs will sustain them. They will also eat pet food.
Known Attractions: Bird feeders, poorly stored food, crumbs on the floor or on countertops, sitting water, trees or plants that bare fruit, spaces that provide shelter and warmth.
Risks: Chewing damage, contamination of surfaces and food, fire hazard from chewing wires, water damage from chewing tubes, diseases (CDC list), fleas and ticks that can transmit disease to pets and people, contamination of dwelling areas with feces and urine.
Signs of Presence: Chewed surfaces, chewed food containers, droppings (black, rice sized droppings), burrowed areas in insulation, urine trails, scratching noises in the attics and walls, rat nests (gathered scraps of materials in a bundle), foul odors.
The most dreaded rodent invader, and for good reason. Rats carry a multitude of diseases and the fleas they carry come with can transmit these diseases as well to people and pets. Rats have a symbiotic relationship with humans and have relied on us for thousands of years. The structures we build provide shelter and the food we store and the scraps we leave behind provide a food source. Unfortunately, this has been a one-way relationship throughout history. Rats caused the Black Plague, killing nearly 200 million people in Europe during the 14th century. They also were responsible for the Great Plague of London in the 17th century. In modern times, it is estimated that 8% of all home and building fires in the US (approximately 128,000 a year) are caused by rats chewing electrical wires. They are also responsible for nearly 19 billion dollars in product damage a year. As you can see, this relationship isn’t working out. Rats generally find entry to your home through holes or cracks in your foundation, uncovered ventilation or through the roof line of your home. Rats only need a half inch opening to fit their head in. If their head fits, they can flatten their bodies to squeeze through as well. (Seriously, check it out) Many people believe that rats are an urban problem, only seen in the big city, but this is not the case. Rats are everywhere. Even if your home is clean, it provides warmth and shelter that rats love. The good news is that Hawk offers permanent solutions to protect your home. With a full exclusion followed by a structured trapping program, your rodent issues will be a thing of the past. Contact us now for a free consultation and estimate from one of our licensed experts!