How to Identify What Type of Rat You Have

  

If you’re experiencing a rat problem, it’s understandable that you want the creatures out of your home as quickly as possible. If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably assumed that all rat traps are basically the same—right?

You might be surprised to learn that there are actually more than 50 subspecies of rats, each with its own physical characteristics, behavioral traits, and in many cases, specific diet. Understanding some of the most common types of rats can help you to identify what kind of rat you’re dealing with—which can go a long way toward ridding your home of them for good.

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3 Ways a Mouse Can Kill You

 

When it comes to household pests, mice often rank low on a homeowner’s list of top fears. After all, things like rats, centipedes, and raccoons certainly bring to mind a lot more “ick” factor than a small, pink-eared mouse. But don’t be fooled: Regardless of their size and perceived cuteness, mice actually can be deadly to humans.

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4 Ways a Rat Can Kill You

 

Rats are more than just an annoyance. They can cause irreversible damage to your property—and even kill you. How? Not for the faint of heart, here are four ways a rat can kill you and what you can do to avoid that outcome.

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5 Animals Used For Rodent Solutions

 

Humans and rodents have lived in relatively close quarters for centuries. On occasion, as they do today, the rats or mice would get a little too close for comfort, and the humans would have to take steps to reclaim their space.

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6 Reasons Why We Should Care About Rats

 

With rats, there is always more than meets the eye. They’re not just instinct-driven pests determined to infest your property. They’re actually very social, smart, and emotional creatures. As part of the largest family of mammals on the planet—the rodent family makes up more than 40 percent of all mammals—rats are here to stay. If you have a rat problem, think about investing in a humane rat trap, because rats deserve your respect just as any animal does. Here are six reasons you should care more about rats:

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4 Non Humane Rat Trap Solutions That Waste Time and Money

 

Discovering a rat problem in your home can be extremely stressful. It’s no wonder most homeowners turn to the four most common rat traps to try to take care of the infestation quickly: snap traps, glue traps, poison, and rat “zappers.”

But these solutions have several inherent problems. First of all, they cause a painful, often lengthy death for the poor rodent. It’s not as if you want to torture these creatures; you just don’t want them in your home anymore. To make matters worse, these common traps aren’t actually very effective at fixing rat problems, so using them often results in a waste of time and money.

Here, we count down four of the most commonly used non-humane rat trap solutionsand why you should avoid them.

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4 Humane Rat Trap Solutions

Coping with a rodent problem is near the top of the list of many homeowners’ worst nightmares, and with good reason: It’s icky knowing that rats or mice are scurrying around your property. But with so many options to deal with your rat problem, which one is best? Especially when the traditional ways of dealing with rodents are downright awful. That is where humane rat traps come in to play.

Snap traps don’t always work as intended; instead, they can severely injure a rodent and force it to endure a long and painful death. Glue traps are actually designed to work this way: The mouse or rat walks over the trap, gets stuck, and then slowly dies of starvation or dehydration.

Poison isn’t much better: Not only does this option potentially expose your children and pets to a hazardous substance; it also ensures a painful, drawn-out death for the unassuming rodent.

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4 Rodent Control Prevention Methods for Schools, Warehouses, and Complexes

When you have a rodent problem, ridding your home of rats or mice can be a challenge. But when an infestation happens at your place of work—such as in a school, warehouse, or complex—the presence of rodents can become even more problematic.

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4 Mouse Trap Mistakes You're Making

When you find yourself in the middle of a rodent problem, the situation can get frustrating—fast. It seems like a rat or mouse infestation should have a simple solution. After all, humans and rodents have been battling it out for a long time. Why are your rodent problems persisting?

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5 Common Myths About Rats and the Rodent Control Problem

Rats are one of the most common pests on Earth, but the average homeowner may not know a lot about them. In fact, there are a lot of myths about rats that are simply untrue. However, a little knowledge goes a long way. By discovering the truth about the following five myths, you’ll be better equipped to protect yourself, your family, and your home from these rodents.

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