Rat Removal

We specialize in rat removal and rodent removal in South Florida. Rats and mice are common rodent pests in most Florida homes, warehouses, and businesses. Known to take advantage of any available food source, including foods human beings eat. Thus, rats feed where people feed.

As a result, rodents contaminate ten times as much food as they eat, by way of urine, feces, and hair. Also, rodents carry at least ten different diseases, including bubonic plague, murine typhus, spirochetal jaundice, leptospirosis, rabies, ratbite fever, and bacterial food poisoning.

Equally, there are many cases of rats biting sleeping children while trying to get bits of food on the child that weren't washed off before going to bed. Also, biting rats can be detrimental to the health of people with diabetes who would suffer severely from rat bites on extremities while sleeping.

Sadly, rats and mice are also known to start fires by gnawing matches and electrical wires in homes and attics.

The Norway rat, roof rat, and house mouse are typical and most persistent rodent populations we encounter. Here are some of the species covered in our rat removal service.

Norway Rats

Rat removal West Palm BeachNorway rats are most common along Florida's coasts and canals. They mainly thrive in areas where trash is not disposed of correctly. Although Norway rats prefer fresh meat, fish, and grains to eat, they can and will survive on an ounce of garbage, decayed food, and water daily. Typically, they will venture out 100 to 150 feet from their nests in search of food or water.

Hence, norway rats burrow and often dig in garbage, under buildings and concrete slabs. This activity can cause damage by undermining the foundations of your house or business. Burrowing can also cause damage by eroding banks of levees, disfiguring landscaping, plants, and foliage, and blocking sewer lines.

These rats are reddish-brown in color and heavier-set with a blunt snout. Their tails are usually as long as the head and body combined. Adult Norway rats can weigh from 3/4 up to one pound. Their feces is 3/4 inches long and pill shaped. They live for about one year and reach sexual maturity within 3 to 5 months. Norway rats can have litters of 8 to 12 babies and produce up to 7 litters per year. That means one Norway rat can produce up to 84 rats per year in your home or attic!

Roof Rats

Roof rats thrive in attics, roof spaces, palm trees, and shrubbery. They're excellent climbers and prefer to nest off of the ground. Roof rats can be dangerous to fruit-bearing trees as they tend to live in these trees and gnaw on the fruit as a food source. In attics, roof rats will chew on electrical wires, wood rafters and trusses causing extensive damage.

Hence, roof rats diet consists primarily of fruits, vegetables, and grain. However, they're known to consume 1/2 to one ounce per day of food from various sources to survive. Due to their dependency on water for survival, these rodents will consume an ounce or more of water per day and will venture out 100 to 150 feet from a nest in search of water and food.

Their color ranges from black to grey to tan with a light belly. Roof rats tails are longer than the combined head and body. Adult roof rats weigh from 1/2 to a full pound. Their feces are up to 1/2 inch long and spindle-shaped. They live for about one year and reach sexual maturity in 3 to 5 months. They have 6 to 8 babies per litter and produce up to 6 litters per year.

House Mice

House mice typically live outdoors, in fields. They will migrate to structures, homes, businesses. In houses, their habitat is behind walls and in cabinets or inside furniture.

Predominantly, House mice feed on grains but also consume a wide variety of foods. They require only a tenth of an ounce of food and twice that amount of water daily. Moreso, they can survive on a diet alone if it is high in moisture. Travel from nests is limited to 10 to 30 feet.

Also, the coloration of House Mice tends to be brown to gray with a tail as long as the body. Adults weigh about half an ounce. Their feces is an eighth of an inch long and rod-shaped. Life expectancy is about one year and will reach their sexual maturity within six weeks. They have 5 to 6 babies per litter and up to 8 litters per year.

Sadly, rodent removal is so prevalent in today's society and the environments in which we live. Here's what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has to say about Rodent Activity.

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