Everything Las Vegas Property Owners Need To Know About Rats

There are two kinds of pest rats: One is brown and prefers to live in a burrow in the ground. The other is black and prefers to live in trees. The brown rats are called Norway rats. The black rats are called roof rats. Today, we're going to give you everything you need to know about these two rat species and provide you with the best strategy for getting control of them.

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Roof Rats

It is hard to keep a roof rat out of your home. These rodents can climb any textured surface. If you have stucco walls, this rat is likely to be able to get up to your roof. It can also climb up the downspouts of your gutter system, jump from tree branches, and run along power lines.
Roof rats often gain entrance through seals around roof penetrations or through the eaves and soffits of homes. Once inside, they tend to stay permanently. This has earned them the name house rat.
Roof rats are communal animals. They aren't likely to get into your home alone. You can expect half a dozen or more of these rats to get into your home at the same time. There will rarely be one rat.

Norway Rats

These ground-dwelling rats can get into your home and stay, but they're more likely to go in and out of your home. You'll find them creating burrows underneath piles. If you have a stack of items in your yard, Norway rats will be strongly attracted to your property.
When a Norway rat gets into your home, it is likely to go through an entry point that is near the ground. They commonly get in through gaps around pipes and wire conduit, or they chew their way past weatherstripping, door sweeps, door and window frames, or the sole plates on a house. If they nest inside, they're likely to do it on the ground floor or lower levels.
Like roof rats, Norway rats are communal animals. You can expect to find one to five of them living together in a burrow. Females may live alone if they are raising pups. 
If you find a pile of dog droppings in a pile under your deck, or in a crawl space under your home, you probably have a Norway rat problem. These rats can take to eating the droppings of domesticated canines in urban areas. It isn't, however, a preferred food source.

Rats Will Be Rats

All rats share qualities that make them a problem for Las Vegas homeowners. It is important to be aware of these qualities.

  • Rats are known to spread sickness, including salmonellosis, and E. coli. They do this by contaminating foods, surfaces, dishes, and silverware.

  • Rats carry ticks, fleas, and other ectoparasites. Some of these ectoparasites can bite you and spread diseases to you.

  • Rats have strong incisors that can chew through wood, plaster, sheetrock, thin sheet metal, and even brick. They can damage your home, and your belongings with their teeth. The holes they create can let rainwater into your home and cause issues of mold and wood rot. The holes can also allow other pests into your home.

  • Rats get into dumpsters, sewers, and other dirty places. This exposes them to harmful bacteria and parasitic worms. When they get into your house, they can leave these microorganisms on surfaces, dishes, silverware, and inside your stored food.

  • Rats are known to chew on wires and gas lines. This can lead to a house fire. Experts believe that 20 to 25 percent of unspecified fires are likely related to rodent activity.

  • Rats can bite. These animals are not timid like mice. If you go into a space that has rats, they may become aggressive. They're also known to bite babies when they're lured into cribs by the smell of sour milk.

What To Do About Rats In Las Vegas

In light of all the ways rats can damage your property and make you sick, it is best to contact a licensed pest management professional for the control of rodents. At the first sign of rat activity, contact Red Rock Pest Control. We use field-tested methods and tamper-resistant traps to remove and exclude these dangerous and destructive rodents. Connect with us today for assistance.


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