Fairfield County, Bridgeport Rat Control Situation:
Hi, I found a live rat in my toilet bowl today. I was able to kill it and remove it. I have never seen any signs of rats in the house at all. I live in Fairfield County CT, Greenwich. Is there something I can install to prevent rats from getting into my toilet bowl via pipes in the future? Thanks in advance, Sincerely, Jay
I found your site on the web. We made an offer on a house North of Brdigeport CT and the inspection found a mouse infestation in the attic and crawl space. 14 on a scale of 1-10 according to our inspector. The house has been vacant for a year, so I can imagine it could be bad. While we are working with the seller to correct (rid, prevent and clean) (Andersen Pest and Servicemaster) I am curious from your experience can it ever really be corrected? I mean I know there is always a chance for mice, but is this an acute problem we can deal with if done correctly or is this going to be a chronic problem where we will be dealing with it for the next 30 years? I want the house, but I have two small children so their health and safety is my primary concern. Thanks, Julia
Bridgeport Rat Control Tip of The Week
Black Rat Biology
The black rat (Rates Rattus) has likewise been known as a ship rat, rooftop rat, and old English rat, among other names. It is a long-tailed rodent that is native to Asia. However, it is found in practically all parts of the world today. Black rats prefer hotter zones, however, are profoundly versatile, and will look for cover in natural (woods) and unnatural (homes and structures) areas. It is bigger and more aggressive than its brown-colored cousin, but is more vulnerable to cold and has a more constrained diet. Black rats are generally omnivores. They are a genuine threat to ranchers since they will eat a wide scope of farming harvests, seeds, and feed. A large population of black rats can decimate a field of crops, or contaminate a barn full of feed and hay.
A common black rat is 5.02-7.19 in long, including its tail, and weights 4.12 oz. when fully grown. Notwithstanding its name, the black rat is normally not black. Its coat is typically extremely dark brown. In the wild, black rats want to settle in burrows made using the ground litter (leaves, twigs, etc.) found on timberland floors. In urban settings, they like attics and upper floors of structures, making homes from discovered litter, destroyed paper, and insulation.
They are also tasty meals for coyotes, wild dogs, and other predator winged animals. These obtrusive pests are difficult to dispose of once they move in. Talk with your neighborhood experts on approaches to shield your home from being overrun. Keeping your yard free of clutter, yard debris, standing water, and trash will deter them. You should keep all garbage in fixed holders, and pick up outside pet food and feed. Routinely check your home and building for cracks and openings that would give black rats a path to your home. Black rats are keener on living in their normal habitat than in your home; however, they will consistently exploit food, water, and safe shelter.