Rats (Rattus spp.) have caused more human suffering and more economic damage than any other vertebrate pest. From causing plague epidemics (the "Black Death" of Europe) to rat-bite fever, whether feeding on stored grain or gnawing electric wires, rats are enemies of humankind.

IDENTIFYING RATS

Rat Facts

  • Ann Arbor rat problemsThe most commonly found rat pest in United States is the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus).
  • The Norway rat is also called a brown rat, house rat, sewer rat, and/or wharf rat.
  • The Norway rat is generally considered the most common rat in the United States. It is found in every state.
  • Rats (Rattus spp.) have caused more human suffering and more economic damage than any other vertebrate pest.
  • From causing plague epidemics (the "Black Death" of Europe) to rat-bite fever, whether feeding on stored grain or gnawing electrical wires, rats are enemies of humans.
  • Statisticians estimate that rats destroy 20% of the world's food supply every year by feeding and contamination.
  • In most instances, rats are very wary. Hundreds may be nesting in a city block-in underground burrows, in sewers, on roofs, inside buildings — with few people in the area realizing it. Within a population, some rats will be easy to control, some difficult.

DO I HAVE A RAT PROBLEM?

  • Have a rat problem? Let Critter Control get rid of your rat problems so you don’t have to! 
  • Many people want to know how to kill rats, but the reality is that killing the rats may not be the best solution to your rat infestation problem.

HOW DO I GET RID OF RATS?

  • Successful permanent rat control is not easy.
  • The key is to keep control of large groups of rats, as opposed to individual rats.
  • Controlling rats requires an integrated approach that includes non-lethal tools such as careful inspections, upgraded sanitation, and rat-proofing structures.
  • Lethal control often combines the use of rodenticides with non-toxic control measures such as snap traps or glue boards.

DO RATS CARRy DISEASEs?

  • Rats are carriers of many diseases, whether directly or indirectly.
  • They can transmit the disease directly by contaminating food with their urine or feces.
  • They can also transmit disease indirectly — for example, when fleas first bite an infected rat, then a person.
  • Some of the more serious diseases associated with rats include Rat-Bite Fever and Leptospirosis. These diseases often share similar symptoms.

Critter Control Rat Specialists

Critter Control’s rat control technicians are properly trained in the effective removal of rats and the elimination of rat problems using a variety of rat control techniques. These techniques include improving sanitation for the affected location, eliminating hiding places, exclusion and may also include lethal methods such as traps and rodenticides. Killing the rats may not be the best answer. Our professional wildlife professionals may show you how to use rat repellents, rat fumigants and rat trapping systems to ensure the effectiveness of the rat control method, without actually physically harming the rats.

We can help you get rid of rat problems.  Call today: 734.333.7349.