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What are rats?

Rats are a common type of rodent; they are larger than mice, but like mice, rats regularly turn our human structures into their nesting sites and foraging grounds. Rats live worldwide and are a significant pest problem in developing and industrialized countries.

The Norway rat is the most common species of rat in Omaha. Shaggy brown or grayish fur covers their large, stocky body. These rats live at ground level or in burrows they create under debris or the ground.

Use this helpful pest guide to learn about rat control in Omaha, Nebraska.

Are rats dangerous?

Sharing our properties with rats is dangerous.

Rats spread hantavirus, leptospirosis, rate-bite fever, and salmonella. In addition to the pathogens the rats spread, the fleas and ticks living within their fur also spread diseases that make people ill.

The build-up of rat feces, urine, and shed fur creates foul, pungent odors, causes mold issues, and emits allergens into the air that trigger breathing difficulties and other allergy symptoms.

Furthermore, rats in our homes will use their sharp front incisors to damage structural elements, furniture, walls, and flooring.

Why do I have a rat problem?

Rats are opportunistic, and often our structures and the outdoor spaces surrounding our homes and business offer them the food, water, and shelter they seek.

If rats have become a problem in or around your Omaha home, you are likely to spot the following signs:

  • Rat droppings in drawers, the bottoms of closets, and along the walls.
  • Gnaw holes in walls, cabinets, and boxes.
  • Chewed through wires and cables.
  • Grease marks along walls and furniture.
  • Dead rats in or around your home.

If there is a rat problem on your property, please reach out to us for help. The sooner you take action to have the rats removed, the better for your home and family!

Where will I find rats?

Rats, depending on their species, will live in a variety of habitats.

In our homes, attics, basements, and wall voids are common places to discover rat activity. Rats are nocturnal, so unless there is a large infestation present, you won’t likely see them out and about during the day.

If you do spot rats during the day, a large infestation is likely present, and you need to take immediate action to eliminate them.

How do I get rid of rats?

Get rid of rats and keep them away for good with the help of Quality Pest Control. Some of the many benefits of choosing us for your rodent control needs include the following:

  • We provide customized services to meet the unique needs of our clients.
  • We provide pest control services that are low risk and provide the best value.
  • We are locally owned and understand our region’s pest pressures.
  • Pest control services that offer long-term results.
  • The benefits of knowing you are living in a pest-free environment.

For detailed information about our high-quality rodent control services, please give us a call!

How can I prevent rats in the future?

Rats are challenging pests to prevent because they want to be where we live. Regularly check over your home's exterior for openings to prevent rats from easily entering your Omaha home. Seal all potential entry points like cracks in the foundation, open vents, chimneys, and sewers. A long-term solution to rat control for your home is to partner with an experienced professional. For help with rat control in Omaha, please contact us at Quality Pest Control today!

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