Brooklyn Rat Control
Rats are one of the most difficult pests to eliminate because they are so well-adapted to life around human beings. These rodents often breed in agricultural areas where livestock is kept, but they also live in cities as well. Homeowners living in Brooklyn, New York should learn the early signs of rodent infestations so an exterminator can be contacted before the population grows and they become a nuisance.
The Norway rat is the most common species of rat present in the United States. Also known as wharf rats or sewer rats, these rodents are typically 18 inches in length and weigh up to one pound. The roof rat species often seen in the United States, especially near the coast. These rats are smaller than the Norway rat, weighing up to 9 ounces.
Nesting Habits of Rodents in Brooklyn
Rats make nests and live together in large colonies. When making their nest indoors, rats look for hidden places such as storage areas and inside walls. While Norway rats prefer to make their nests on the lower floors of buildings, roof rats would rather live near the roof line in attics and ceilings. Storm drains and sewers are preferred nesting sites for both species of rodents.
To ensure their survival, rats must live where they have shelter, water and food sources. Rats will eat meat, bugs, pet food, berries, seeds and garbage to survive. Homeowners who have a rodent infestation may see rats at night or they may hear scratching or chewing sounds. Some other signs of infestation are urine stains, rat feces, visible nests and stashes of food in secluded areas of the home or apartment. Rats also produce a footprint that measures up to 3/4 inches in length. Homeowners may find holes that appear from gnawing. Heavy infestations of rodents produce a foul odor that is easy to distinguish from squirrels or mice.
Professional Extermination Methods featuring Victor Brand Snap Traps
Homeowners in Brooklyn who fear they may have a rodent infestation should contact us right away. Our exterminators are trained in the use of chemical control methods to reduce rat populations. We can also teach homeowners ways to reduce the likelihood of rodent infestations such as proper sanitation and eliminating areas where rats can hide outdoors. Homeowners can also have exterminators show them ways to rat-proof the home to keep rodents from coming inside.