There are several different kinds of rats, from the black rat to the grayish roof rat. On its own, color can be fairly misleading, but rat control in Houston most commonly involves the roof rat, which often invade living spaces as well as attics and garages. They enter homes and other buildings through any hole they can find and are able to squeeze through openings as small as half an inch wide. As with all rodents, they also chew and gnaw their way into any space they can.
For homes, common entry points are breezeways, small gaps around A/C tubing, and unsealed garage doors. It’s very important that you work to protect these areas so that you do not incur an infestation. To learn more about rat removal with Texans 1 Rodent Removal, please watch this video from our specialists.
Rodent control and removal can be very complicated with rats. Once they find their way into your house, the most important thing is to remove them as quickly as possible. Like other rodents, such as squirrels, the front teeth that rats use to chew and gnaw never stop growing. This means that chewing keeps their teeth from becoming overgrown. While the rats are in your house, this drives them to gnaw and chomp their way through anything they can find; electrical wires, A/C tubing, wall panels, even wiring in cars, costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Over the years, rats have been responsible for spreading serious diseases and illnesses. They can contaminate utensils, dishes, and food in your home as well as spread germs everywhere they go. Rats can also find their way into your walls, meaning that they could live in your house, reproducing and dying without your knowledge.
How to Get Rid of Rats
Rat removal and control is very important and needs to be started as soon as they are discovered. Rats tend to stay close to people and take advantage of any resources that they can find in order to survive. We can help you, but rat control and prevention begins at home. It is important that you seal any holes or gaps around your house that might act as entry points. If you have pets, be sure not to leave food outside because this can attract rats as well as other rodents, such as raccoons.
If you believe that you have rats in your house, the specialists at Texans 1 Rodent Removal can help you with both removal and control. We will trap and handle any rodents found in your house as well as help you identify any weak entry points and work with you to take care of them. Don’t let these pests invade your house. Contact us today for a free estimate, and let us help you with rat removal and control.
Texans 1 Rodent Removal provides rat removal, rat control, rat damage repair, rat trapping, and all types of rat removal services. We trap and remove rats in homes, businesses, farms, and commercial buildings. Most home owners are in great denial when they find out they have rats in their home. A common misunderstanding is that rats only live in homes or business where unsanitary conditions exists, not true!
Rats occupy any place where food and shelter can be found including, million dollar homes, condominiums, apartments, mobile home parks, warehouses, resturants, storage buildings, and barns. Most of our customers associate rats with living in woodlands, open fields, garbage dumps, and sewers.
Rats are omnivorous and will eat anything edible that they find. All types of vegetation, earth worms, frogs, turtles, birds, and insects. Some of our customer will have open containers of dog or cat food that rats have found. Bird feeders can lure rats to an area. Open garbage containers, livestock feed, and gardens may all provide a good food source for rats to feed on.
Rats are social animals and tend to breed in large groups, where communal care makes this species somewhat of a cooperative breeder. Female rats have been known to produce up to 12 litters per year, consisting of 8-10 young. Breeding occurs year-round and gestation lasts 21-22 days. If rats are not noticed or go without any type of rat control or trapping program, major rat infestation can occur in a very short period of time. This can lead to major health problems as well as great amounts of property damage.