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Rat infestations have been reported throughout Richmond, Virginia. These are some of the toughest infestations to eradicate because of their aggressive behavior. In general, rats are not aggressive unless they feel threatened. Since an exterminator’s job is to eradicate the entire colony of rats, it is easy to see why they feel threatened during the process. The most common rat species found in Virginia are Norway and roof rats, which are what scientists refer to as “commensal” rodents, a rodent that shares the living space of humans. There are only a few rat species that fit this description.
Norway Rat Characteristics
The Norway rat characteristics include the following:
- Seven to nine inches in length
- Brown, shaggy fur
- Pointy noise
- Six- to eight-inch hairless tail
- 3/4-Inch fecal droppings with blunt ends
The signs of a Norway rat infestation include structural gnaw and scratch marks, burrows, and small fecal droppings.
The roof rat species prefer attics to basements and crawlspaces. It is unclear why, but some experts believe it may have something to do with the environment. Roof rat characteristics include the following:
- Six to eight inches in length
- Brown, smooth fur
- Pointy noise
- Seven- to 10-inch hairless tail
- 1/2-Inch fecal droppings with pointy ends
The signs of a roof rat infestation are the same as the Norway rat species.
Are Rat Infestations Harmful?
Rat infestations do pose some health risks to humans because they carry diseases. These diseases are spread to humans through a bite. Rats have been linked to mycoplasma, a disease characterized by respiratory problems, such as pneumonia. Rats cause more physical damage than any other household pest.
How To Eradicate A Rat Infestation Safely And Quickly?
To ensure the best results, our exterminators combine anti-rat baits with traps to eradicate rat infestations. Depending on the severity of the infestation, we recommend commercial-grade extermination to achieve the quickest and safest results possible.
Does DIY Rat Control Work?
Rat infestations can be very complex when they involve large colonies. Rats are nocturnal, which means they forage for safe shelter and food during the night. They rest during the day to prepare for a night of creating nests, foraging for food and water, and damaging building structures. For this reason, DIY pest control is not always effective, especially when a large volume of rats are involved in the infestation.
When Should I Expect The Exterminator To Arrive At My Home?
We dispatch an exterminator out to the client’s home within 24 to 48 hours when possible.
Is Rat Control Treatment Safe Or Harmful?
Our rat control solution is combined with treatments that have been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA-approved rat baits do not pose risks to humans, animals, or the environment when utilized per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Our exterminators and technicians have undergone extensive training to learn how to properly handle and administer our rat control treatments.
How To Prevent Future Rat Infestations?
Rat infestation prevention begins with sealing off access points into the home. We utilize durable materials to create rat barriers in problem areas near plumbing pipes and electrical wiring installation.