Do Rats Live Underground? 

Do Rats Live Underground? 

Rats have been around from way back and they are known for causing damages to our properties and transmitting multiple fatal diseases. In the course of a pandemic, where rat invasions increase at an exponential level, it is very important to be knowledgeable of their main preference on shelters. Rats are excellent climbers, jumpers and swimmers but they are specifically attracted to narrow and dark pathways with an abundant source of food and water close by. Therefore, they are experts in excavating holes and tunnels around our gardens and buildings and it is common to see rat holes in yard. In the case where you have spotted holes around your land and you feel worried and suspicious about a rat infestation, do not hesitate to contact our rat exterminator Toronto experts and they will serve your needs instantly.

Underground burrows are often the places where rats tend to build their nests. Rats utilize their dexterous teeth and strong paws to construct complex underground networks of interconnected tunnels. Tunnels and burrows systems cover a variety of rat’s needs such as thermo-regulated nests to escape from predators, to reproduce and to store food. Rats tend to create one main opening that functions as the entrance or exit, and a couple of holes to escape for unexpected predators. The construction of burrows usually begins with one rodent family and it is rather likely to expand hosting many families that share the available supplies. The initial size of a burrow system is usually between 12-20 inches long and as the population grows, the burrows are enlarged.

Identifying burrow systems and holes in the backyard and crawl spaces of your property can be quite challenging and tricky. Nevertheless, it is critical to keep an eye on them, considering the fact that rats can speedily generate damage into your electrical and drainage system that are exposed in the burrows. Rat burrows have a main entrance that is commonly 2-4 inches in diameter and the holes will rarely be deeper than 18 inches. Fresh dirt in a fan-shaped around the opening is a definite sign of their underground shelter. Moreover, they value a protected and hidden shelter and so they will never build their dwelling along your main entrance. Bushes, grassy banks, overgrown vegetation, structural foundations along with anything that offers sufficient cover and protection can serve as rat dwellings.

In conclusion, underground and burrow systems that rats tend to build their dwellings can result in multiple headaches and loss of your sleep at night. Reporting their presence is vital considering that burrows are one of the early signs of a rat infestation. Multiple ways to treat a rat outbreak exist but it includes the risk of a temporary and partial solution. Furthermore, empty rat holes and tunnels tend to attract wildlife due to rat’s pheromones, if not treated and disinfected in a professional manner. Contact Pest Control Toronto, at any given moment, to have all of your questions resolved and  guaranteed permanent results with your probable never ending problem!