Clients often call Apex Wildlife Control because they suddenly hear strange sounds in their homes. The noises are often described as gnawing, scratching, something running around, squeaking, and even fighting sounds. If you hear these types of noises, especially during the night, you probably have a rat infestation.
Rats are nocturnal animals. You may see them running across your roof during the day, but you will primarily hear them during the night. Rats prefer dark, concealed places to hide. Your attic may become hot during the day, but cools enough at night for the rats to nest. If too many rats gather in one area, they will fight each other to the death. Sometimes rats will even eat another dead rat!
Like all wildlife, rats are opportunistic and will quickly take advantage of the smallest entry point to squeeze their way into your home. Roof rats are named for their tendency to get into your home through your roof construction gap. This is the area between your shingles and the wall of your home that the builder left open so your house can “breathe”.
Rats will hunt for other access points, such as unsealed plumbing or air conditioning pipes, dryer vents, garage doors, soffits, gable vents, and especially rotted wood. Rats only need a hole the size of a quarter to squeeze through.
Rodents such as rats, mice and squirrels have incisors — teeth that grow constantly all their lives. As a result, rats 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. The insulation around your attic wires is especially tasty to a rat!
Since rats also create nests for their young in your attic, any sparks from chewed wiring could easily land near the dry nesting material. Before you know it, your attic could be ablaze. Chewed wiring by wildlife is a leading cause of house fires in the United States. This is one of the first things our technicians look for when conducting an inspection in your home.
Did you know that a mating couple of rats can create over 1,500 rats in just one year? And we are talking only the first generation! When you consider all the following explosive generations, it’s little wonder that a couple of rats can grow into an infestation so quickly!
Rats are good mothers and are very dilligent in the care of their litters. A female rat can become pregnant again just days after giving birth, so you can see how fast these animals can procreate. Since rats prefer dark, secluded places in your house to hide, you probably won’t notice them until there are so many that the good spots are taken. That’s when the overflow rats migrate to other parts of your home to find food and shelter. Who wants to share breakfast with a rat?
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Olive Branch MS 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!