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What are rats?

Rats are part of a class of creatures called "rodents". This means that they and other animals in the same class have incisor teeth that continuously grow, and in order to prevent those teeth from overgrowing they must constantly gnaw on objects. Baby rats can sometimes be confused with adult mice, but adult rats are much larger in size than an adult mouse. Rats have a very large head, strong jaws, and they have long feet compared to their body size. Depending on the specific species rats can be brown or black in color.

Why do I have rats?

Rats like to be near humans so that they have a ready supply of food. This has earned them the term "commensal," which means 'to share one's table'. Some species of rats climb very efficiently and can be found in the upper parts of homes and buildings while other species can’t climb and therefore will be found inhibiting basements and the first floors of buildings. Once rats have gained entrance into a home or other building and have located a supply of food they may stay and build nesting site in places such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, and inside of wall voids.

Are they dangerous?

Rats are dangerous because they, like other rodents, carry and transmit a wide variety of diseases that can be very dangerous to people. They will spread their urine, feces, and diseases throughout your property as make their way through it. Their urine and feces can be known to trigger allergy attacks in some people. They also introduce other pests into your home or business that also can have diseases and germs with them, like fleas, mites, and ticks.

Rats have very large strong incisors that can cause a lot of damage to your home, business and the items stored inside. They can chew through some types of siding and other building materials and are well known to chew on electrical lines and plumbing pipes; thus, increasing the possibility of a fire and water damage issues. They damage other places as well and create holes and gnaw on numerous objects - especially on food, pet food or food containers. Rats are also known for leaving “grease” trails along walls and objects as they travel to and fro their nesting sites to food sources.

How do I get rid of rats?

Removing rats can be difficult, but we are experts and can do all the work for you. This includes identifying their nesting and feeding places and knowing how to eliminate them from your property. Proper cleanup is also performed to help ensure that you and your family are safe from possible future problems.

How soon can you get here?

At McCall Service we take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Rat problems can be difficult to prevent. Make sure to contact McCall Service at the first sign of a problem as this is the best way to keep rats and other rodents out of your home. If you have rats in your home or on your property, why not call us now and get a free estimate. Let us eliminate the guesswork, and bring our knowledge to you to quickly bring your rat problem under control.

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