Do Rats Nest Inside Homes?

Seeing Rats Inside – Can They Nest Inside Your Home?

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As winter approaches, rats can be seen more often running around in the gardens. This needs to be a warning sign, but there is always a way of coping with them. Rats typically nest in urban areas in search of food, water, and shelter. Common species such as the roof rat and the Norway rat find their way into your homes, barns, warehouses, sewers, and stores that are in close proximity to humans.

Since they prefer to find their food around homes, restaurants, and businesses, these small pests will enter your home through tiny cracks and holes in your foundation or roof. Other avenues such as floor drains, open doors, and previously infested packages also allow the destructive rodents to get access into your home where they can set up their nests and infest your place. Call your local rat control company to deal with the infestation immediately. 

Rat nest construction

Rats will make their nests out of anything they can find around your home including cotton, human debris, wood, twigs and plant material that they find in enclosed dark areas in your home.  Just like humans, rats prefer to build their homes in comfortable, enclosed areas such as your attic, boxed-in plumbing, under porches, crawl spaces and between walls. They will also build their nests around your home in debris piles, old furniture, garbage dumps and fallen trees.

In case you have heard scratching noises or found dark capsule-like shaped droppings in your home, there’s a good chance there is a rat in your house meaning you could be at risk of a rat infestation if they begin nesting. In case you suspect you have a rat infestation in your home, call a professional and have them check it out. Rat activity could soon turn into an infestation, that could lead to significant destruction and health issues if ignored.

I think I have a rat in my house

The presence of rats in your home can easily be detected if you are able to recognize the signs to look for. One of the most obvious signs could be rat droppings in feeding areas or around their nests or runways. Their urine can also be detected and appear in passageways and can be traced by the use of ultraviolet light.

You could easily detect rats nesting in your house by footprints or tail marks they make in dusty areas; Rats are more active at night than during the day making it’s quite simple to spot the signs of a rat infestation than the rodent itself. In case you suspect that you have a rat infestation, but you are unsure of yourself, here are a few signs that could indicate the little critters are nesting in your house.

  • Rub marks. Rats are invasive, and during their active night shift hours, they will go through everything and anything. You have probably run into them enjoying your leftover pizza as you went for your midnight snack. Rats will leave rub marks from the grease and dirt in their bodies, leaving smudges on your surfaces.
  • Rat droppings. This is perhaps the easiest sign of a rat infestation other than seeing the rat itself. Their droppings are dark brown and tapered and resemble a grain.
  • Rats nests. If you come across shredded pieces of clothing, cardboard or loft insulation in crawl spaces or your attic, it’s probably a rat nest. They often use this kind of material they pick around your house to build their nests. This is a sure sign of a rat infestation.
  • Footprints. Rat prints are easily identifiable and especially in dusty areas. The leave footprints and tail marks in their paths as they scavenge for food and water.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s recommended that you act swiftly. A small rat problem could easily turn into a big problem. Rats multiply fast; a few rats could easily turn into a colony that could tear down your house having costly implications. Call the Exterminators at 647-496-2211 or check our online shop for some rat control products.

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Joe The Exterminator
Joe The Exterminator

Joe is a professional pest control exterminator with over 15 years of experience and enjoys sharing his knowledge about different pests and how you can deal with them.