We often have clients call because they hear different types of sounds in their homes. The noises are often described as scratching, something running around, squeaking, gnawing and even fighting sounds. If you hear these types of noises, you probably have a rat or mice infestation.
Rats are nocturnal. You may see them running across your roof during the day, but you will primarily hear them at night. These animals prefer dark, out-of-the-way places to hide. Your attic is extremely hot during the summer, but cools enough at night for the rats and mice to nest. If there are too many rats in the area, they will fight each other to the death. Sometimes they will even eat another dead rat!
Like all wildlife, rats and mice are opportunistic and will take advantage of the tiniest entry point to squeeze their way into your home. Roof rats are named for their tendency to come in through your construction gap, which is the area between your shingles and the wall of your home.
However, rats and mice will also enter your home through other areas such as unsealed plumbing or air conditioning pipes, dryer vents, garage doors, soffits, gable vents, and any rotted wood. Rats only need a hole the size of a quarter to squeeze through, while mice need much less.
The teeth of rats, mice and squirrels grow constantly all their lives, which means these animals must chew constantly to keep their teeth filed down or else they would starve to death. Unfortunately, one of their favorite items to chew on are your electrical wires.
Since these animals also create nests for their young in your attic, sparks from chewed wiring could easily land near the dry nesting material. Before you know it, your attic could be ablaze. Chewed wires from animals are a leading cause of house fires in the United States. This is one of the first things our technicians look for when performing an inspection in your home.
Did you know that a female rat can give birth to over 1500 rats in just one year? And we are talking just that first generation. When you consider all of her “grand-rats” and more, it’s little wonder that a few rats can grow into an infestation so quickly!
Rats are good mothers and are diligent in the care of their litters. Unfortunately, a female rat can become pregnant again just days after giving birth, so you can see how quickly these animals can procreate. Since rats prefer dark, secluded areas to hide, you won’t often notice them until there are so many that the good spots have been taken up. That’s when the excess rats have to find food and shelter, and eventually they will migrate to other parts of your home.
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Memphis TN for squirrels, raccoons, moles,
skunks, opossums, voles, armadillos and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
We are here to help!