Do rats come out in light?
Rats are nocturnal creatures, which means they are more likely to be out and and active during the
night than they are during the day. They generally tend to sleep most of their day away, seventy-five
percent of it, in fact, but they don't do this in one continuous sleep. They have a tendency to nap,
doing other things in the brief spells that they do wake up.
If you spot rats out and about at night, it is a good sign that you have a serious rat infestation somewhere
nearby. It is usually an indication that there is a source of food nearby too. Because the rats nap, rather than
sleep the day right through, they will be easily tempted out of their lair by a steady and decent source of food,
running to and from the nest. They do this to stash their food for later on, much in the same way that other small
rodents do, hamsters, for example.
Most of us don't relish the thought of seeing a rat at any time of day, but if you see rats during the day, you should
be a little worried. They are mostly nocturnal, so to see them out during the daylight hours is a sign that something is
wrong. Well, wrong for you - the homeowner.
It could be a sign that the rat’s nest has been disturbed. If this is the case, the rats are on the lookout for a new place to
call their home, and this might mean that your home is under attack. If you see rats close to your building, it’s definitely time
to perform a thorough home inspection to make sure your home isn't at risk.
It could also be a sign that there is a lot of human activity happening around them, and they have been woken from their slumbers.
If your home super busy right now, and thriving with activity? It could be the activity within your home that has
Dominant males can often “persuade” and encourage the less dominant in their hierarchy rats in the group to leave the safety of the
nest during the day, and once again, this is likely to be on the hunt for food. This is not a good sign for you, as it means that there
is a large enough rat infestation for an actual hierarchy to appear.
Although seeing rats during the day isn’t the end of the world, it does mean that something nearby has encouraged those rats to leave their
nests for a while, and the signs are usually symptoms of something not good for you. Make sure you are protecting yourself, and your home, by
performing regular inspections. If you can spot any holes, the rats will more than likely have already spotted them, and you will need to seal
them up and then use snap traps to ensure the problem is resolved. Rats DO come out in light, but it might be a sign that you need to take a
closer look at why. You might just be surprised at what signs of rats you DO find once you start looking for them.
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