Because of recent urban expansion, rodents who once thrived in many local natural areas are now being pushed into people’s homes for food and shelter. As recently recognized, Good News Pest Solutions formerly Macy's Termite & Pest Controlhas become the area’s leading expert in stopping rodents from entering your structure, reducing existing nearby populations, and removing those who may already be present.
Rodents are nearly blind and use their sense of touch for guidance
Rodents use their limited eyesight to seek darker areas
Rodents can taste up to 250 parts per billion
Food Preferences: Newborns taste mothers diet through her milk and prefer the foods she ate when they grow up
Taste Aversions: Rodents react negatively to foods that made them feel ill – and it only needs to happen once for them to remember
Dietary needs: if deprived of a certain nutrient, rodents learn which foods fill that need and prefer those until that need is met.
Approximately 1% of rat’s genes are involved in their sense of smell
They produce & release pheromones to communicate information with other rodents (i.e. colony status, reproductive behavior, etc.)
Rodents’ long whiskers, or vibrissae, are located all over the body, but are most prominent on the face. These hairs are used for guidance as they move along walls and other objects. Because of this, rodents rarely travel in open spaces, place bait and/or traps accordingly.
Rodents have sensory pads on their feet so metal bait stations should be avoided as they could become too hot or cold
Sonic and ultrasonic range:
- Rodents can hear sounds that we cannot: they can hear ultrasonic frequencies well above the range of human perception
- Rats produce ultrasound too, and communicate with each other in squeaks, clicks, and whines that we cannot hear
- Rodents aren’t great at pinpointing the location based on sound
Kinesthetic Sense: Detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.
Rodents exhibit memorized muscle movement in which they effectively memorize their environment
They create memory of the environment and how to move through it without looking
Develops when the rodent gets very comfortable and used to its environment
The Roof Rat
Rodents are nocturnal
Mode of self defense for rodents as most of their enemies are inactive during night hours
Rodents typically feed at night; daytime activity is a sign of a large infestation.
Commensal rodents are omnivorous and opportunistic foragers; they eat a variety of food items (grains, meats, fish, fruits, etc.) and take advantage of the foot items they encounter
Rats hoard enough food to last them weeks
Rodents will cache bait in an area where they are comfortable feeding
Pregnant females particularly will build up large food supply in their nests.
Corners are used for grooming, eating and nesting
Runways are used for following lines and pheromone trails
Rodents establish an order with more dominant rodents getting to feed first and getting the prime nesting sites. If ample food and harborage are available, less dominant rodents can also survive, but are more likely to be seen feeding during the day.
Prevalent and exist in all climates
Found both indoors and out
Likely to groom often
Neophobic (they tend to dislike anything new)
Mammals that will consume a lot of food once they feel comfortable
Likely to groom once or twice a day, in their burrow
Norway rats are natural burrowers and will burrow near their food and water supply in areas that provide harborage
Roof rats are excellent climbers and will nest in high places
Capabilities of Rats
From a standstill, rats can vertically jump nearly 2 ft. When running, they can jump horizontally 3.5 ft on average.
Rats can fall 5 stories without causing themselves any harm
Rats are excellent swimmers – Norway rats can swim in a 30 mph current without drowning
Rats can easily climb in small spaces between two surfaces, such as between a drainage pip and the outside of a building.
You may not even be aware that you have a problem since they are most active at night! Call Good Newstoday for a free home inspection and evaluation. We very strongly recommend taking preventative measures in advance to save potential future damage.
Be aware that rats are everywhere in Florida, we commonly find them in even the most exclusive homes and neighborhoods, so call us now for a free inspection!
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