No matter how well sealed you think your dwelling is, rats will find their way in if they want to. They can get in through almost any sort of vent, and you can’t just throw something in there to block their path.
One study found that small rats think nothing of lifting barriers of over a pound to explore a new environment or even just to get to a type of flooring that they like better.
They can also squeeze their bodies through holes no bigger than a quarter. You slam the wire-mesh fence shut on them, and they just ooze right through it.
Another preferred rat highway is the inside of your pipes, as small as 1.5 inches in diameter.
Rats also happen to be champion swimmers. Combine these two things and you have an animal that can and does enter your house through your toilet. That is a real thing that really happens, and coincidentally, we will be pooping into a modest but secure floor safe from now on.
By now, of course, you’ve run to cover every single tiny opening in your house to keep the unceasing, steady advance of the rats at bay. But that’s cool by the rats, friend; they can always just chew directly through your walls.
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Rats have inordinately strong jaw muscles, which are positioned in such a way on their skulls as to make them even more effective.
So while rabbits enjoy a good piece of wood, rats have no problem going to town on brick, cement or lead. That’s probably because the enamel of rat incisors is harder than platinum and even iron. In fact, because a rat’s teeth never stop growing, even through their own skull, they actually have to eat your house, or die.
Rodents are highly destructive creatures creating enormous damage and spreading diseases. Their excreta and hair contaminates food, causing poisoning and economic loss. Rat colonies damage and foul buildings and furnishings. Their odour is unpleasant to live with.
Rats normally come out at night and usually are not seen unless they are very hungry or present in large numbers. The damage they can do is almost unbelievable at times. They have to keep gnawing to prevent their incisor (biting) teeth from growing too long.
Indoors, they will attack the building itself, gnawing lead, aluminium and chewing through wiring causing short circuits and fires.
Rats are usually scavengers eating any available food lying around.
They are known to attack small animals and at times, even children.
Two main signs that indicate rodents are present is evidence of droppings and squeaking, gnawing or movement noises in walls, cupboards, ceilings and under floors.