Did you know that a rat has 12 times the bite strength per square inch of a Great White shark? That’s right! Rats can chew through anything that isn’t stronger than their teeth. Your window screens and ground vent covers are no match for these determined rodents. Drawn by simple curiosity or seeking food, rats will take advantage of small gaps or damaged areas to get into your home. When sniffing around your windows, rats can smell food and warmth. Investigating at ground level, they may catch the scent of mice or lizards under your house. Their strong incisors will chew on the screen to create holes, leading to unwelcome intrusions. This not only leads to expensive repairs, but the presence of rats can also attract larger wildlife such as raccoons and opossums who consider rodents a main food source.
You better believe they can! Rats are some of the best little acrobats in the animal kingdom. The flexible bodies and sharp claws of rodents allow them to scale vertical surfaces with ease, especially brick walls. Seeking shelter or just searching for food, rats explore nooks and crannies, finding ways to ascend a seemingly impenetrable structure. Once these rodents reach your windows, it’s only a matter of time before they begin to chew through your screens — or better yet, any rotted wood you may have. Wild animals can easily smell rotted wood and instinctively understand these areas will be the easiest to chew into.
Rats possess astonishing reproductive capabilities, making them highly prolific breeders. A female rat can become sexually mature as early as five weeks old and can give birth to litters every 21 to 28 days. On average, each litter can consist of 7 to 8 pups on average. With their rapid maturation and frequent breeding cycles, a single female rat can produce numerous offspring in a very short time span. Under ideal conditions, their population can multiply exponentially within a matter of months until you end up with a full-blown infestation. One female rat can give birth to 1,500 rats in a year. Since females mature so quickly, you can imagine how many “grand-rats” this rat “Granny” could have!
Keeping rats away from your window screens requires serious proactive measures. Inspect your screens regularly for any damage or gaps and promptly repair or replace them. Consider using metal screens, which are more difficult for rats to chew through. Seal any openings or cracks around windows to deny access. Trim back shrubs, vines and trees near windows to eliminate potential bridges for rats to climb. Some homeowners use rodent deterrents, like peppermint oil or ultrasonic devices, to create an unwelcome environment. Avoid leaving food scraps or pet food near windows that could attract inquisitive rats. If these rodents just won’t leave your screens alone, call Apex Wildlife Control. Our skilled technicians will evict those rats for good!
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