Black rats are common pests in the Las Vegas area. These rats do quite well in an urban landscape. But just because they do well in close proximity to humans doesn't mean that it is a good idea to allow them to. Today, we're going to take a close-up look at black rats, discuss some important facts, and cover some helpful tips for keeping these rats out of your Vegas home.
What's In a Name
You can learn a lot about rats just by learning some of the many names these rats go by. Here are a few of them.
- Black rat: This isn't the best of names for a black rat because, while they are often black, they can also be brown or gray, with a white or black underside.
- Rattus rattus: This is the scientific name for black rats. Rattus is the genus of rodent that rats are grouped into. Rattus simply mean rat. So, in a way, you could say that this is a rat's rat. We agree.
There are few rats that can hold a candle to the black rat.
- Roof rat: This is a great name for rats because this species of rodent is known for its exceptional climbing ability and its propensity for establishing itself in high locations, such as the rafters of roofs and in the attic spaces of man-made structures.
- Ship rat: black rats do quite well in water. They can swim over a mile in the open water and they are known to be able to tread water for up to three days. If you have a man-made pond or some other source of water around your home, this could attract black rats.
- House rat: These are common home-invading rats. Unlike the Norway rat, this rat species will get into a home and stay inside a home. Norway rats prefer to live in burrows under the ground.
Where do black rats live during the day?
Black rats are mostly nocturnal. During the daylight hours, they can be found hiding in dark places. When the sun goes down, these rats begin to search for food and other resources. If you have a black rat infestation in your Vegas home, nighttime is when they'll present the most threat to you and your family. Rodents spread harmful bacteria, parasitic worms and pathogens. These rats are associated with the bubonic plague, which is still around today. Black rats also spread ticks, fleas, lice, and mites around your home. These bugs come with their own list of diseases.
Do black rats bite humans?
Yes. A black rat may bite you in self-defense. It is even possible for one of these rodents to chase you and try to bite you. Be cautious when going into attic areas. If you are bitten by a rat, keep in mind that you could contract rat-bite fever and other disease-causing pathogens. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
How do you get rid of black rats?
Once rats get into your home, it is best to contact a licensed rodent control professional like Ace Pest Control. It can be extremely difficult to fully eliminate rats from a home. There are, however, many things you can do to keep rats out.
- Reduce conditions that cause puddles to form around your home.
- Seal gaps, cracks and holes in your foundation walls and exterior walls. Keep in mind that a black rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter.
- Apply wire mesh to your downspouts to prevent black rats from climbing up to your roof.
- Put wire cloth over vents to prevent black rats from chewing their way in.
- Trim tree branches away from your roofline.
If you have questions or you need rodent control service for your Vegas home, reach out to Ace Pest Control today. We can help.