Got a Rat Problem?
Rats in your home or business 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.
How to Get Rid of Rats
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
New York Rats Are Legendary
Rats are famously common in New York City—but many people don’t realize that they are just as widespread in the
suburbs of Long Island, Westchester, Bergen and Rockland 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
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 Your Rat Problem
If you find yourself facing down a mouse in the house, call us to knock them out and keep them out. We have deep
knowledge of our region’s most mice species and we have the equipment and expertise to put them down for the
count. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester, Bergen and Rockland Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST
or 1-800-244-7378 for fast, 24 hour service seven days a week.
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