Rats are found mostly in our urban areas of Connecticut.

Currently the only rat that we have in Connecticut is the Norway Rat aka the sewer rat.  The only other rat in North America is the Roof Rat which we don’t have a problem with…yet.  Roof rats are found more down south.  Norway rats are grayish-brownish in color.  They also can vary from white bellies to brown or even brownish-red fur.  Because of the variation in color, this should not be the only method for identifying a rat.  They weight in at about 12-16 ounces and can measure up to 16 inches from nose to tail tip.  There are some reports of larger rats, but “rats the size or cats” do not exist.  What these people are seeing are most likely juvenile opossums being mistaken for a rat.  Rats will breed pretty much all year round, provided the conditions are favorable.  The female rat’s gestation period is about 22 days and will give birth to 8-9 pups, sometimes more.  The pups will reach sexual maturity in 12 weeks and begin breeding just as soon.   Rats can live up to 3 years in captivity (pets) but in the wild 12 months is the average life span.

Rats are smart and very aware of their surroundings.

Rats are neophobic, meaning they are afraid of new things in their environment.   This can make immediate control of rats difficult since they will be unlikely to go for poison baits or hit a snap trap right away.   Norway rats construct burrows under ground or concrete slabs.  They will create a tunnel system consisting of a main entrance and usually at least two “bolt” holes, or escape tunnels.  Rats will make dens in the attics of homes or in the drop ceilings of commercial buildings, basements also suit their needs well.  Rats are very good at surviving and require a multifaceted approach to eliminate them.

Control of rats begins with eliminating their food, water and harborage areas.  Pet food should be sealed up in containers, leaking water pipes should be fixed with standing puddles mopped up daily.  Also, sealing holes and gaps around the exterior of the building to prevent entry is important.  An adult rat only needs half and inch to squeeze it’s body through a space.  The rule of thumb is…well, your thumb.  If your thumb fits in a hole or crack then so can a rat.  The location of where a rat population greatly determines just how we would gain control of the issue.

There are many ways we control rats and it would be very lengthy to explain them all here in short or detail.  So, if your having a rat problem then give us a call for a free onsite estimate and we will explain all your options to you.

(860) 454-0712  or  (203) 340-0135

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