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All About Rats - Roof Rat Information

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SPECIES: This page contains identification information regarding the major nuisance rodents in North America. The three primary rodents are the Roof Rat, the Norway Rat, and the House Mouse. Here in Orlando, it's the Roof Rats that are the primary concern.

HABITATS: This page contains information about various rat habitats, whether it be the outdoors or indoors. Certain aspects of rat behavior are also discussed.

LIFE CYCLE: This page discusses, in brief, the life cycle of the rat. It's not terribly complicated - they breed in high numbers and live a short life. They spend much of this short life making noise, damaging property, and spreading disease.

DISEASES: This page contains information about the various diseases that rats can carry and transmit to humans. I always wear a HEPA mask and take all proper precautions when dealing with rats and their droppings. Sorry, no plague information on this page.


What type of rat lives in attic? Any species of rat will live in an attic, though the most common rats are black rats and Norway rats. Black rats, or roof rats, are more notorious for climbing than the Brown/Norway rat. Attics are too appealing for either species to be uncommon visitors. If a brown rat can enter the attic by invading at ground level and working its way upward, then it will become a nuisance animal just like the black rat which will scale trees and hop into the roof from above. The type of rat in your attic has little bearing on how you go about removing it. The trapping methods for black rats and Norway rats are the same: lethal snap traps set in areas of high activity. Rats are scavengers which makes them easy to trap. A little bit of peanut butter on a snap traps goes a long way and will often draw in a rat soon after being set. If you really want to get rid of the rats in your attic you need to explore the outside of your home and make sure that the points of entry for rats have all been repaired and sealed.

Removing rat pheromones - Pheromones have become synonymous with attraction and definition is not incorrect. Pheromones do attract, though not always for the purposes of breeding. These chemicals created by the body can be expelled in any number of ways. When it comes to rats, pheromones are found in the piles of feces and urine they leave behind in their travels. This usage of scent is not just for attracting other rats. The animal that left the waste behind will use it to locate designated safe areas of travel. Feces and urine mark territories and other passages. Experienced trappers will tell you that piles of rat waste are the best locations to set traps. When you think about the purpose rat droppings serve, it should not be surprising that traps set in these areas would do well. If the droppings mark areas of frequent travel, chances are the rat will return to them eventually. To remove this aroma after you have eliminated the rats, you will need to completely clean the area and remove all waste. Any soiled insulation or wood will have to be replaced. If the surface cannot be replaced, it will need to be cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner that will neutralize the odor.

Rat & Mouse Feces - It is true that rat and mouse feces pose serious health risks to people of all ages. The danger is not in the unsanitary implication of having feces throughout the home, but in the viruses and bacteria contained within the fecal material. Rodent waste carries a number of pathogens that should be of concern. Leptospirosis, a disease found in both urine and in droppings, can serious damage the kidneys and even result in death. Salmonella, an illness most people have heard of and associate with undercooked chicken, is also present in mouse feces. Perhaps the most notorious of all illnesses is Hantavirus, a sickness that can remain undiscovered until it has reached the fatal stages. Hantavirus presents with symptoms much like the flu, and will even seem to resolve after a few days. Unfortunately, humans that have Hantavirus complications often do not recover from the disease. To avoid the dangers associated with rat or mouse feces, use proper cleanup methods when dealing with a rodent infestation. If the problem was severe, consider the assistance of a professional cleanup company. At the very least, gloves and a respirator mask should be worn when handling rodent waste.

Mice damage to cars - Mice like cars and other engine spaces. Not only are these cavities warm from use, some vehicles are rarely used. The area beneath the hood is dark and quiet and relatively closed off from the weather. If the mouse is unable to get into your home, the car is the next best thing. Mice may be drawn to a car originally because of the heat off the engine. It doesnít take long for these creatures to create a nest and even vehicles seeing regular usage can have a mouse problem. You may not think a mouse will do more inside a car beyond create a mess, but rodent damage can result in hundreds of dollarsí worth of repairs. Mice donít only gum up the moving parts of an engine with seeds and debris. These little rodents will chew through hose lines and insulation materials inside the vehicle. Some mice will migrate into the ventilation system of the car, living inside the filer spaces. Filters are relatively inexpensive if you replace them at home; however if filter damage is combined with hose damage you are looking at a costly professional repair. The easiest way to prevent mice from entering the vehicle is to keep your car or truck inside an animal-proof structure. If this isnít possible, trapping may be the most effective means to safeguard your vehicle.

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How Rats Communicate Using Pheromones
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