Rats take care of injured and sick rats in their group. Without companionship rats become lonely and depressed. Rats have excellent memories. When happy, rats chatter and grind their teeth and they make happy “laughter” sounds when playing. Rats succumb to “peer pressure” and are prone to disregard personal experience to copy the behaviour of their peers. Rats can go longer than a camel without having a drink of water and they eat just about everything!
Rats can cause damage from gnawing, chewing insulation & wires, nest building, and defecation. They can defecate as many as 60 times a day and droppings can attract other rodents. Rats will eat pet food spreading microorganisms that cause diarrhea and intestinal parasites in cats & dogs. They can damage roofs and eat bulbs and seedlings especially in the late summer.
Rats can go longer than a camel without having a drink of water!
Rats can be black, brown, grey or white and are usually 30 to 50 cm. Some types have long tails, protruding ears and coarse fur.
Brown rats live in large hierarchical groups either in burrows or subsurface places such as sewers and cellars. They often live under decks, porches and other structures or buildings.
Brown rats can produce up to 5 litters per year with sexual maturity at 5 weeks. Gestation is 21 days producing up to 14 rats per litter. Female rats are capable of becoming pregnant immediately after giving birth and can nurse one litter while pregnant with another. Life expectancy of a rat is 2 to 3 years in the wild, up to 4 years in captivity.
We always try to find the most humane and least stressful options in removing the nuisance animals. Sometimes different animals, pests or situations may require different solutions. We are always prepared for whatever wildlife or pest issue you have.