Well there are a few ways you can tell if you have rats in your home or even place of work. The following are a few of the more common ways these rodents let you know they have taken up residency. SCROLL DOWN to view the list
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- Droppings, unfortunately although rat dropping are larger than mice they can be a little more difficult to initially see. This is because they are considered latrine animals, meaning they tend to leave their droppings in one specific place generally away from where they are feeding. Therefore their ‘litter’ area can sometimes go unseen for a period of time.
- Destruction to food stores, as with mice, rats will look for an easy food source. Rodents will gnaw holes into packaging to access the food source inside. Sometimes these things are not what we would usually consider a food source, a couple of examples are candles and bath soap.
- As with a great deal of mammals’, rodents secrete an oily substance, some secrete for skin condition while others for waterproofing. When rodents travel through a small space the fur touches the surface and overtime, as with dogs, they leave a smear mark what appears dirty. Finding these smear marks around holes or gaps in walls, doors, skirting board or any other 15mm gap you find is often a great indicator that the rats are using the space as a run. Rats will use the same route over and over to gain access to food or indeed to return home after feeding.
- Rats NEED a water source. Unlike mice they do not get all their fluids from their food so they need an alternative water source. Ponds or leaking pipes are often a favourite so keep an eye out for smears or runs close to the source of water.
- Gnaw marks. Rats have larger front teeth and unlike humans these teeth continue to grow, the at will gnaw on hard objects to keep the front teeth at a usable length. Could you imagine the need to file your teeth constantly? Rats have been known to gnaw through concrete.
- Nests and burrows; rats in the wild will often have complex burrow systems in which the live, this enables them to move unnoticed from one place to another as well as ensuring a safe place to raise their young. If you have rats in your home they will very often find a space with little traffic to build their nests. These nest sites will normally have more than 1 route in or out, this makes sure they can escape if the nest is under attack. Depending on where the nest is you may be able to see runs leading away on various directions.