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Rats & Rodents

These adorable creatures are certainly misunderstood. While it is true that they can carry diseases, the same can be said for pretty much any animal. (including humans!) Clever, curious rats can carry pathogens—but that doesn’t mean they deserve cruelty. Sadly, humans trying to rid their homes of this animal often utilize lethal rodenticides (rat poison) leading to the unintentional death of many other animals. 

Understanding Rats

Mitigating Interaction

Signs of Rodents

  • Shiny black droppings about half an inch long.

  • Gnawed holes up to two inches wide in baseboards or at doorframes.

  • Smudge marks (body oils) on walls.

  • Scratching noises in walls, attics, and vents.

  • Pets staring intently at blank walls.

  • Burrows and tunnels about as wide as a baseball outdoors, especially near foundations and walls. Cover openings with soil and check the next day to see if they have been reopened.

  • Unpleasant ammonia smell (urine).

  • Cereal bowl-sized nests made of cardboard, paper, insulation, dryer lint or fabric in attics and walls and under eaves.

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