Pest Library | Rats
Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. “True rats” are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also referred to as rats, and share many characteristics with true rats. The most common rat in the USA is the Norway rat. Wiki link
Damage: Rats can be harmful, damaging household food supplies and eating crops. They also can cause structural damage as wells as damage to structural materials like insulation.
Habitat: Nests in underground burrows, from which they enter buildings in search of food. Tends to remain in hiding during the day.
Feeding and Breeding: Omnivorous, but prefers meats. Cannot survive long without water.
Reaches sexual maturity in two months and can breed any month of the year. Litter may number from eight to twelve. Females can have four to seven litters per year. Adults live as long as one year.
Treatment: Eliminating tempting food sources and caulking and sealing all holes larger than 1/2″ are good preventative measures for rats. If you have an infestation Environ will work to eliminate the problem. Our maintenance program will protect your home from future rat populations.