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The two main species of rats in Texas that homeowners and business owners alike encounter are the Norway rat and the Roof rat. Here are the key differences between them and why you need to be wary of them.

Rats are out of control in Texas
Rats are mammals and they are also very efficient breeders. With colder weather beginning to come in they are going to be searching for warmer and more comfortable places to live. There are a few different species of rats in Texas but they are all wanting to take advantage of your food, water, shelter, and any other resources that they can get their hands on. As well as stealing your resources they have relentless teeth that will be causing harm and creating damage to your property.

Do Rats Bring Health Hazards? The Answer Is Yes.

Rodents are not usually aggressive and they try to avoid people just as much as we try to avoid them. Even though they are not aggressive they are considered to be very dangerous. When they invade homes and other properties rodents contaminate food prep areas and food sources with their saliva, urine, and feces.

They are also can spread diseases, such as
  • Salmonella: An intestinal bacteria causing fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea
  • Leptospirosis: Bacterial infection bringing about body aches, diarrhea and vomiting, high fever, and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
  • Hantavirus: Leads to fever, body aches, chills, difficulty breathing, and kidney failure
  • Rat-Bite Fever: Not necessarily contracted through bites, rat-bite fever can cause elevated body temperature, aches, and pains, rash, skin lesions, as well as sore throats and has been linked to increased risk of future health issues, such as meningitis, liver damage, and pneumonia.
  • Bubonic, Septicemic, and Pneumonic Plagues: Though all these conditions begin with fever and muscle weakness, their symptoms vary from that point. Pneumonic plague leads to severe respiratory issues whereas Bubonic causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, cough with bloody mucus, and extremely swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms of Septicemic plague include abdominal pain, internal bleeding, and shock.

All these conditions can be spread through contaminated food and water, inhaling particles from droppings, and bites from fleas feeding on both you and infected mice. Intruders carrying these viruses and bacteria place your family in danger. They also bring along dangerous threats like tick and flea epidemics.

Signs Of Rodents & Rats

Most often people don’t realize they have rodents or rats in and around their homes. But, if you look closely or start to smell foul odors, you can usually tell they are they. Here are some rat signs to watch out for:

  • Burrows they have dug under structures or debris
  • Gnaw marks on vegetables, fruits, nuts, wood, paper, bones, and wiring.
  • Disappearing pet food
  • Dark greasy travel marks on wall or baseboards
  • Tiny dark droppings or a foul urine smell
  • Small paths in the dirt or grass leading to where they often roam

Questions that People Most Frequently Ask Us

Take a look at some of the typical questions that pop up in the minds of our clients

What do rats like to eat?

Rats are omnivorous, meaning they will eat almost anything. They are especially fond of meat, grains, and fruits. Rats will also eat garbage, feces, and dead animals.

What kind of rats are in Texas?

The most popular rats in Texas are the Norway rat and the roof rat. The Norway rat is also known as the brown rat, house rat, or wharf rat. It is the larger of the two species, growing up to 18 inches long including the tail. Roof rats are also known as black rats or ship rats. They are smaller than Norway rats, growing up to 16 inches long including the tail. Both species are gray or brown in color with pointy noses, long tails, and furry ears.

What attracts rats?

There are several things that can attract rats to your home or business. These include: Food sources, water sources, clutter and warm areas.

Can rats damage my home or business?

Yes, rats can cause a lot of damage your home or business. They are known to gnaw on wires, which can cause fires. Rats also like to chew on wood and insulation, which can damage walls and ceilings.

Can I use rat traps to get rid of rats?

Rat traps can be an effective way to get rid of rats. However, it’s important to use the right type of trap and to place it in the right location. If you’re not sure how to set up a rat trap, it’s best to contact a pest control professional.

Where do rats like to hide?

Rats like to hide in dark, secluded areas. This could be under a sink, in a crawl space, or in the attic. rats are also known to nest in small spaces, like the gap under a door. If you think you have rats in your home or business, it’s important to contact a pest control professional.

Will rats attack me or my pets?

Rats are typically shy and timid around humans. However, they may become aggressive if they feel threatened or cornered. If a rat feels like it is in danger, it may bite or scratch.

Can you have just one rat in your home?

It is possible to have just one rat in your home. However, it is more likely that you have an infestation if you see one rat. This is because rats are social creatures and typically travel in pairs or small groups. If you see one rat, there’s a good chance there are more hiding nearby.

How can you tell if the rats have gone

If you have not seen any rats for a few weeks, it is likely that they have gone. You can also set up traps to catch any remaining rats. Once you are sure the rats are gone, you can seal up any openings to prevent them from returning.

Do rats spread diseases?

It is not common to get a disease from a rat. The most common disease associated with rats is the bubonic plague. However, this disease is rare in the United States. If you do come into contact with a sick or dead rat, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

How do rats enter a home or business?

Rats can enter a home or business through small openings, cracks, and holes. They can also squeeze through very small spaces, like the gap under a door.