The most common species of rats found in Texas homes are the Norway Rat and the Roof Rat. These invasive species are relatively intelligent and adapted to feel entirely at home when sharing a living space along with humans. To keep their teeth trimmed down, they must chew on harder materials like wood to wear them down.
Over time they can cause extensive damage to the insulation, foundation, frame, and electrical systems in a home or building. They are also notorious for carrying disease and other pests. Due to their rapid breeding, the problems caused by rats can grow exponentially if ignored. In their ideal circumstances, one pair of rats can turn into over one thousand in just a year.
Indications of a Rat Problem
- They leave behind tell-tale droppings that are the shape of rice and most often brown or black.
- Rats are greasy and dirty. When they press up against surfaces, they can leave rub marks on it.
- They will also leave footprints like tiny hands and a tail trail in dusty or dirty areas they occupy.
- Rats are nocturnal, and they love to climb and explore their territory. At night it is possible to hear them moving around in the walls, floors, and ceilings.
- Rats are known for digging extensive tunnel systems, which could be through the foundation of a house, a wall, or even a piece of furniture, like a couch.
- They are prolific breeders and will make many nests composed of soft materials, like insulation and pillow stuffing.
How to Handle Them
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