Why Should I Be Concerned About Rats?

They can nest in basements and lower portions of buildings. Also can nest in upper portions of buildings. May nest outside in trees (especially palm), ivy and similar vegetation. Nocturnal.

Most activity and feeding takes place between a half-hour after sunset and a half-hour before sunrise. They are Omnivores. Meats, fish, flour, cereal grains, fruits and vegetables. Eats almost any human food. Rats visit fewer food sites than mice, but eat more at each site. Consumes ¾ to 1 ounce of food each day. Requires water daily to survive-drinks ½ to 1 ounce of water daily.

Facts About Rats

  • Rats explore their territory of 100 to 300 feet daily.
  • Rats can swim up to a mile.


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