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Identify Pest: Got a Rat Problem? Get Rid of Rats


get rid of rat infestations exterminate ratsGet rid of rats in your home or business. A rat infestation is a serious problem–one of the most serious infestations you can have. It is important to get rid of rats immediately—and rat poison isn’t your only option.

Rats: History’s Champion Disease Vector

Rats have brought disease and misery to people since before civilization began. From the Black Death to today’s hantavirus (very, very rare in t he New York metro area), rats are a common vector for spreading bacteria, viruses, parasites and other pests, like fleas and ticks. Rats are filthy animals—they will swim through sewers and live in rotting trash, spreading contaminates wherever they go. Rats spread typhus, strep, meningitis and aggravate allergies. From their droppings to their breath, rats are veritable disease machines.

Rats and Property Damage

Rats can cause tens of thousands of dollars in property damage. They have been known to gnaw through PVC plumbing pipes, clog drains, undermine foundations, destroy structural support beams and to chew through wiring— all of which can cause water damage, building settling or collapse or even start a fire. Clearly, getting rid of a rat is a top priority.

New York Rats Are Legendary

Rats are famously common in New York City and famously big—but many people don’t realize that they are just as widespread in the suburbs of Long Island, Westchester and rat-infestationRockland County. Most rats are about 13 to 18 inches long and weigh a half pound to a pound, although some have been known to reach the size of a cat and top out at thirteen pounds. Thankfully, these urban legend size rats are rare. Rats reproduce prolifically, giving birth three or more times a year to litters, ranging in size from six to twelve pups. They will eat nearly anything and seem to enjoy chewing through a PVC trash can as much as they do the trash inside it. Here is a checklist for places where you might find rats in and around your home or business.

Get Professional Help with Rats

While some pests are relatively easy to get rid of, rats most definitely are not. A single method of dealing with rats is not likely to be successful. Rats are wily, adaptable and dangerous. They bite! Black rats and the very common Norway rat are resistant to many kinds of rat poison. If you have pets or young children, you may hurt them more than the rats. A professional rat exterminator like Knockout Pest Control will take a comprehensive approach involving traps, baits and chemical treatments. A professional is also expert at finding out how rats are getting in and closing off those avenues of infestation. You may also wish to explore a long term approach for keeping rats out. Once they have identified your structure as “home” they will keep trying to get in. It may take deterring several generations of rats before you have fully dealt with the problem.

Knockout Pest Control Can Knock Out Rats

Knockout Pest Control is your local expert at knocking out New York’s toughest rats–and we keep them down for the count. Every member of our team receives over 100 hours of classroom instruction and in-the-field training so you are guaranteed a knockout punch to your pest problem every time. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24 hour service seven days a week. We don’t have the big red boxing glove in our logo for nothing!