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What are rats?

Rats are members of the rodent family, a group that also includes gopherssquirrels, and mice. In California, both the Norway rat and roof rat cause significant problems for property owners. Both grow upwards of 15 inches (from nose to tail) but vary in color and behavior. Norway rats are reddish brown with gray undersides. They typically are found on ground levels of structures as they are poor climbers. They are excellent swimmers. Roof rats are black with grayish white undersides. They are adept climbers and are likely to be found in higher levels. Unlike Norway rats, they are poor swimmers.

field rat

Are rats dangerous?

Rats carry and transmit diseases to humans and pets and therefore should be considered dangerous. It is best to avoid contact with rats, their droppings, and their urine to prevent health and safety risks.

Signs of a rat infestation

Rats are nocturnal and rarely seen during daylight hours. If rats are appearing during the day, it could be an indication that their numbers are significant. Common signs of a rat infestation include:

Feces and urine

Scurrying and scratching sounds

Gnaw marks on wood, plastic, and other hard surfaces

Nests inside structures, outside structures, and even in trees or other landscaping.

Oily rub marks in areas where rats travel

Common complaints from residents in Smith’s service area include rats in their chicken coop during the daytime, the gardener has noticed rat activity, and something has chewed car wires.

Tips for preventing rats

To prevent rats from infesting, good sanitation is essential as is making your property less attractive and impenetrable to these destructive pests. To accomplish that, we recommend:

Keeping trash cans covered

Removing crates and boxes from loading docks and from around dumpsters

Clearing away ripened fruit and vegetables

Eliminating water sources

Sealing cracks, gaps, and openings that rats could squeeze through (rats can fit through holes the size of quarters)

How Smith’s can help get rid of rats

If rats are already a problem in your home or facility, Smith’s can help. Our rodent management programs rely on a combination of trapping, baiting, repellents, and exclusion to eradicate rat activity. When you contact us, we’ll develop a plan of action based specifically on your situation to help get rid of rats once and for all.

For effective rat control in the San Francisco Bay area, the Monterrey Bay area or for help getting rid of rats in Sonoma County, contact Smith’s Pest Management today!

Nancy G. - Atherton, CA

“For years I’ve raised all the produce in my garden that we eat in our home. One year we started having gopher problems. When I contacted a local pest control company they wanted to use poison which we did not agree with. Smiths offered a non toxic and effective approach to getting rid of my gophers, moles, and rats.”