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Rats

Removal and Prevention Services

If you have heard noises in your walls or attic, chances are you have rats.

Rats can squeeze into a hole the size of a quarter. The smallest imperfections during the construction and roofing of a home can lead to a rat infestation. rat 003Broken foundations, utility entries and vents can also be an obvious entry point. Most pest control companies set rat traps, perhaps squirt some flammable expansion foam at very obvious holes, and then put you on a monthly service to remove the rats that are still getting in to your home. They may try to sell you poison stations for exterior rat control, however the rats only find their way back into your attic or walls to die. They lead you to believe there is no other rat control solution. This type of rat control service does not ever solve the problem. It actually makes it worse, because the rats are multiplying, dying, defecating, destroying insulation, chewing wires and chewing air ducts, while you wait for your next service.

At Mice Hunters Inc., we specialize in rat-proofing. For a one-time fee, we trap and remove all rats, and identify and re-construct all rat entry points. Only construction grade materials are used.  We provide the most extensive service and the best warranty plan in the industry.

Description and Habitat

The most common rat in the area is the Norway rat. They have coarse, brown fur, with lighter fur on the undersides. The ears and tail are nearly hairless and they are typically 12 to 18 inches long including the tail and weigh 10 to 16 ounces. Norway rats are common around human residences and industrial and commercial areas. Rats, like mice, are omnivorous rodents. They also consume seeds, nuts, berries, and insects. In a human environment, the rodents will consume almost any food to which they have access. They also often chew on inedible materials such as books, soap, and cans. Rats are nocturnal and are not commonly seen. Their presence is typically detected by the occurrence of their droppings, holes chewed into bags and containers, and chewed nesting materials. Rat droppings are small, dark, cylindrically shaped, and are about one-half inch to three-fourths inch long with blunt ends. Rats may carry viruses such as Hantavirus and salmonella, and although they can also be a carrier of bubonic plague, that disease is not indigenous in Illinois.

Reproduction and Longevity

The Norway rat produces six to eight litters of six to nine young per year. The young are able to breed before they are four months old. Rats may live up to three years, but a lifespan of one and a half years is more common.