Rats are rodents that can live inside or outside of dwellings and should be controlled. Rats are nocturnal, and can be 18 inches in length. They have large incisor teeth that can gnaw and cause severe damage to property like exposing electrical cables and chewing holes into structures.
Contamination of food with feces and urine is a health hazard as well. These pests also need to be controlled because of parasites that they carry like fleas and mites.
These parasites can cause serious diseases such as salmonellosis, ricketsial pox, and lymphatic choriomeningitis.
Female Rats have 5-12 babies in a litter and have 4-7 litters per year. Therefore, populations will increase very rapidly.