Rats are sometimes viewed as tiny and terrible creatures of destruction, causing thousands of dollars in damage to properties. In 2017 CTV revealed that Canada’s rat population increased by 200 per cent over the previous year — potential for double the damage.
Rats are smart, furry rodents that feed on most anything and can survive in poor living conditions. Two rats common to North America are the Norway rat and roof rat. Both have different habits, and both have destructive capabilities:
- The Norway rat builds elaborate tunnels and burrows at ground level, making them more difficult to track and remove. It thrives on damp, hidden areas like crawl spaces or garages.
- The roof rat, on the other hand, is an agile climber that hides on trees and vines. It burrows in attics, rafters, or roofs of buildings.
Damage to property
- Rats will chew on anything they deem useful to build a nesting ground. The options include electrical wires (especially the insulated ones, which can cause fires).
- Rats like damp, dark, and hidden nooks, which sometimes make them difficult to locate (unless you hear scratching, clawing, and other odd noises).
- Rats can destroy a kitchen pantry. Even sealed boxes and containers are vulnerable to their incisors. Stored, sealed food can be at risk.
- Rats leave urine trails and fecal droppings which contaminate surfaces and can spread disease. These trails invite more rats to your property because the smells and markings have identified it as a “rat home.”
Initial rat control
Sneaky as they are, rats are careful to avoid traps. To effectively capture them, call an experienced pest control company. In the meantime, try to make your house rodent-proof:
- Seal any gaps and cracks they can use as a point of entry
- Replace important parts of your home with strong materials such as stainless steel
- Clean all dark, damp and cluttered spaces inside and outside your property
Hire a professional pest removal team to take care of rat problems before they get worse. Professionals understand the nature and behaviour of pests, allowing them to find the most effective solution available.
Have you noticed signs of rat infestation in your home? Call the Pro-Pest office at (416) 487-4179 for safe rat extermination.