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Rats

Rats are one of the most notorious and disagreeable of wildlife infestations, carrying disease-causing bacteria and ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks, lice and others, as well as causing widespread damage to property and contaminating human food supplies.

The two main species of ratpopulations that we most frequently are called in to controlin Toronto, York, Oakville, Brampton, Mississauga, Scarborough, Markham and other areas in the Durham region of Ontarioare the larger more dominant brown or sewer rat and the shorter tailed black or roof rat. If you suspect you have a rat infestation it is important for us to identify which rat species is responsible since this can affect the type of measures that we take to exterminate it.

Brown or sewer rats like to burrow beneath garbage and woodpiles or along foundations and usually stay down in the basement or ground floor when they invade buildings. They line their nests with shredded fibrous material such as cloth, paper, plastic and other fabrics. They like to feed close to home – usually less than 50 meters (150 feet) from their nests - and females produce and wean around 20 young per year in up to 6 separate litters.

Black or roof rats prefer to build their nests in dense trees, shrubs and ivy-like vegetation high above the ground. When they move in with us they like toset up home inside cabinets, attics, roofs, false ceilings or between wall spaces. Black rats travel further afield in search of food sources and may even nest in mature landscaping vegetation in one property and feed in another up to 100 meters (300 feet) away. They are also faster and more agile than sewer rats and much better climbers. Female black rats produce fewer litters per year but with more offspring per litter and may even wean up to 40 young in a 12 month period.

Both rat species will aggressively and persistently try to enter your home or commercial premises and will use every means possible in order to do so – climbing, jumping, gnawing, even swimming through sewers and forcing an entry through broken drains and toilets.

You should take action as soon as you think you might have a rat problem since given their rapid reproduction rates it will only become more expensive, time consuming and difficult if you wait for their numbers to increase still further.

The tell-tale signs of rat infestations are:

  • Presence of rat droppings around pet bowls or in your food stores.
  • Rustling sounds coming from your attic or basement just after sundown.
  • Gnawing sounds in your attic, basement or between the walls in the middle of the night.
  • Signs of rat nests in your firewood pile, discarded boxes, recycling containers, newspaper piles or in little frequented areas such as the back of your garage or outhouses where empty containers tend to accumulate.
  • Signs of teeth mark on fruit, bread and other foodstuffs left out at night or fallen beneath trees.
  • Dead (or worse, live) rats in your yard or inside the house.
  • Sightings of rats running along fences and power lines at dusk.
  • Entry holes to burrows near your garden shed, dog kennel or among plants or in your vegetable garden where you may also see signs of gnawed at crops.

Our expert rat exterminators at Imperial Pest Control know that any successful plan to eliminate and prevent future rat infestations involves three critical elements: population control, rodent-proofing buildings and other structures, and improving sanitation and hygiene practices in the nearby surrounding environment.

We have traps, baits and other mechanical means of controlling your rats without using toxic chemicals that could be a source of danger to your family, pets or clients.

We strongly recommend that at the first sign of rats, mice and other rodentsat your home or commercial premises in Brampton, York, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto, Scarborough, or the wider Durham region of Ontarioyou bring in Imperial'sexpert pest technicians to controlthe situation.

Find out more about our rat and other pest extermination services by callingImperial Pest Control today on 416-837-1820.

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