Wherever there are people, there are probably rats. Over sixty species of rats are known, most of which live in the wild. But the most successful rat species have evolved alongside humans in manmade environments and can be found in cities and towns on every continent except Antarctica.
Rats are clever and capable pests that can survive in extreme conditions. A rat infestation on your property could mean destruction and disease, not to mention frustration and desperation. If you’re experiencing rat problems in Austin, here’s what you should know.
About Rats In Austin
There are two main rat species that invade properties in Austin: the Norway rat and the roof rat.
The Norway rat is thought to be the most prolific rat species on earth, found in cities all over the world. Also known as the “sewer rat” or “city rat,” these rodents can be recognized by their brownish-black fur, large paws, blunt muzzle, and thick naked tail. They average about eight inches in length and are remarkable athletes capable of climbing, jumping, and even swimming.
The roof rat, also known as the “black rat” or “ship rat,” is smaller than its cousin the Norway rat, but can be just as harmful to your property. As their name implies, roof rats tend to live in elevated areas of homes and buildings. They can be identified by brownish-black fur and an especially long tail. Most roof rats measure about seven inches in length and their tails can be just as long.
While both of these species have their unique habits, they pose similar threats to your property. Namely, destruction and disease.
Problems Rats Cause
Rats are rodents like mice and squirrels and must constantly gnaw in order to file down their teeth which continue to grow throughout their lives. As such, rats will chew up anything and everything they can get their jaws on, especially if it’s hiding food. Wood, cardboard, heavy plastic, and even brick are no match for a rat’s teeth.
Rats also spread disease. Their feces can transmit bacteria that cause salmonellosis and leptospirosis, not to mention rats are known to carry parasites like ticks and fleas which spread their own pathogens like Lyme disease and bubonic plague.
Most of all, having rats causes stress. Whether you’re a home or business owner, rats on your property can ruin your peace of mind and threaten your reputation. After all, nobody wants to be known for having rats.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent rats from invading your Austin property.
How To Prevent Rats
- Seal points of entry – Inspect the exterior of your property for cracks and holes that rats can use to enter. Most rats only need a hole about ¾ of an inch wide to squeeze through, so even the smallest openings should be considered as entry points. Stuff openings with steel wool or seal with a metal plate.
- Mind your garbage – Make sure that garbage is kept away from the property. A tight lid is essential, but rats can easily chew through the tough plastic that most garbage bins are made of. Use a metal bin to store your trash if possible.
- Clean up often – Clean the areas on your property where food is prepared and consumed. Wipe down counters and tables to remove crumbs, spills, and food scraps, and don’t leave dirty dishes out in the sink. Don’t forget to store your food in sturdy containers made of glass or metal to keep rats out.
Rats are incredibly frustrating pests to have on your property and can be difficult to eliminate on your own. That’s why Accurate Termite & Pest Control is here to help. With our rodent control services, we will get rid of problem rats and prevent new rodents from invading your property. Get in touch with us today.