Rats are some of the most resilient animals on earth. Considered as a secretive and smart animal, rats are a common nuisance that humans have always dealt once they get into your home or business premises.
There's a reason why rats are so hard to get rid of. They are a highly agile and hard-to-catch pest that is able to enter any building in many ways, and will not hesitate to play hide and seek with humans.
In this page, we compiled a list of the most common questions we received from our customers so you can learn everything that you need to know about rats.
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Rats are thin-tailed mammal of the order Rodentia that originated in Asia. They are social creatures that live in extended communities and are attached to other rats. Rats categorized as commensal animals, meaning they often found living in close proximity to humans and very often dependent upon humans.
Due to its ability to quickly adapt to the changing environmental conditions, they have become a common pest that can be found inhabiting everywhere from urban to rural areas.
Rats can literally live everywhere. Nevertheless, where do rats live will vary depending on both the species of rats and the area they live (e.g rural or urban areas). They are able to quickly adapt to the diverse environment, either in the wild and close to human settlements.
Rats in the wild like in the woods and forests prefer to live in trees and dig burrows underground for protection from predators as well as to store food and raising their young.
On the other hand, when rats live close to humans in urban ecosystems, they can live almost anywhere as long as it has sufficient access to food and shelter to breed.
Rats are opportunistic eaters, meaning they will eat whatever they can find. However, what rats eat depends on where they’re living. In the wild, rats will eat foods like grains, fruits and vegetables.
In the urban area when rats get along with humans, rats take advantage of food waste in the garbage, any human food that they come across and pet food.
The lifespan of a rat is difficult to determine. Yet, the lifespan of a rat more or less depends on where they live. This means that pet rats or domesticated rats tend to have a longer lifespan compared to the wild rates.
It is because domesticated rats will always get what they need in order to live longer from the owner, including food, water and shelter.
The other aspects why wild rats life expectancy is shorter than domesticated is the presence of predators they will perceive in the wild environment. Thus, on average the lifespan of pet rats can live up to 4 years. On the other hand, rats in the wild generally will only live for 2 - 3 years.
Rats have a reputation as fast breeders. A couple of rats can multiply rapidly into large numbers in only a short time to overrun a place.
A female rat pregnancy lasts 21-23 days, and commonly it consists of up to 12 rat pups, although 5-10 pups are more common. Rats reach sexual maturity after 4-5 weeks, meaning that a population can swell from two rats to around 1,250 in one year, with the potential to grow exponentially.
Rats aren't just a nuisance but also potentially spread several dangerous diseases which can be harmful to humans.
Rats are known to transmit more than 35 diseases to humans and these disease spread by rats to humans through both direct and indirect contact, including:
What disease do rats spread to humans?
Rats are equipped with large and very strong teeth. In total rats have 16 teeth, and only 4 of them are used specifically for gnawing. These four long and sharp teeth are known as incisors or front teeth, which are located at the upper and the lower part of their mouth.
Rat's incisors teeth continuously grow throughout their entire life, thus by gnawing on many things, it will help rats to keep their teeth from becoming overgrown. The overgrown incisors often result in the rat's death due to its inability to eat.
Rats can bite, gnaw and chew many materials in your property, including:
Although it is possible, yet very rarely found cases of humans bitten by rats. Rats only attack humans when they feel and/or in a situation from which it is hard to escape. However, rat bites on humans or commonly known as rat-bite fever definitely pose serious health risks.
Food is more important than water for rats. Rats need to take something to eat, and they can only survive without food for 2 - 4 day. Rats will eat just about anything humans eat without exception.
On the other hand, rats can still live more than a week without water and often to get the water from the food they eat, which normally found in fruits or vegetables.
Additionally, rats get the shelter they need from rubbish piles and abandoned appliances that can be easily found around your house.
By nature, rats are a nocturnal animal. Rats are most active between dusk and dawn and usually hide from humans during the day. However, when the food and water sources are getting limited, it is not impossible if you could see them during the day time.
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Look for these common signs of rats that you can look for to will help you determine whether you have rat problem house at the house, be sure to check for the following:
Be sure to contact Rentokil if you hear scratching or knocking sounds in the attic, this could be a strong indication that you currently have a black rat problem at home.
Rats can be very persistent and if they manage to gain access to your house. Once rats get inside your house, they can cause several dangerous situations to your family and house including fire, short circuit, food contamination and transmit several serious diseases to humans.
There are many entry points that rats use to get inside your house, including:
Rat control is methods need to be taken to eliminate rat infestations in your house and business premises to ensure that you get rid of them once and for all.
For reliable rat control services in Indonesia, contact Rentokil online to speak with one of our experts.
Professional rat control is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of rats, especially for established rat colonies or where there are repeated rat infestations. Below are the reasons why it is best to hire a rat control professional:
There are several methods that can be used for both indoor and outdoor rat control at your property. This includes:
Find out more about the latest Rentokil digital pest control solutions to control rats in the business sector here
The rat control cost service may vary depending on several significant factors. Including, but not limited to:
The above listed factors will determine the types of rat control treatments used. It will also determine how many bait traps or other methods of rat removal are needed to get rid of the infestation entirely.
Prevention is better than cure. Thus, the best possible thing you can do to prevent rats from entering your house is by making your house less attractive to them.
There are some practical ways that might help you to prevent rats from entering the house, including:
We would advise you to act quickly to get rid of rats and prevent a larger infestation developing. Contact Rentokil today to arrange a survey to check for signs of rats.
A story about rats entering a car engine might sound familiar to every car owner and you are in big trouble when they decide to take shelter under the hood of your car engine.Rats are always seeking dark, sheltered, and undisturbed locations - your car engines providing an ideal shelter for rats feeding, resting and breeding.
Car engine contains electrical wires that rats like to chew. Once this pesky pest chews away the wires, it can cause short circuits, resulting in costly damage to the engine.
Rats can enter your car engine through many places, including:
While it's impossible for you to completely get rid of rats in your area, yet there are few things you can do to prevent rats from entering the car engine.
When you park your car in the garage (indoor)
When you park your car in the carport (outdoor)
If you are concerned about the signs of rats you've seen around your property and think they point to a serious rat infestation, asking for professional pest control help to solve your rat problems is the only best bet.