Alachua County, Gainesville Rat Control Situation:
sir. first i want to thank you for all of this info. i have found one damn rat. i tried getting him out the door, but he ran right past me and up into the eves. very little or no evidence of him until i saw him. did i read they follow cockroaches? big palmetto style bugs. do they go after them to eat em? if so, ive many areas to address to seal. very fast son of a gun too. do u suggest i try baby powder at possible entry points for further evidence? ive only seen the one, but i know wheres one, more more than likely to follow. id love to shoot em, but the neighbors wouldnt like that. i reside in holiday florida. lots of work to do on eves and small openings, i just want to handle the lil bastard. thank you again. keith t. future rat murderer.....
Dear David, I am having a esculating problem with roof rats. I also have a disgruntled neighbor who I suspect of comitting malicious activity around my property. Is there anyway possible that acts of malicious behavior (such as tossing dog food, bird seeds ect. onto my property ) can be causing my rat problem. If so, how can I safeguard my attic from this invasion. The strange thing about the roof rat noise in the attic is that it is not consistent. My neighbor went on thanksgiving vacation and I did not hear the rat activity in the attic for one week. Upon his return, the problem returned. Is this possible and is there something I can do to safeguard the attic? I realize this is a strange situation.
Gainesville Rat Control Tip of The Week
Why Do More Rats Live In Urban Areas Than In Wild Areas?
Statistically, more rats are living in urban areas than in the wild. This is simply because urban areas have an abundant availability of food that is easily accessible, compared to the wild where they have to go in search of food before they can find something to eat. Although, rats in the wild are known to live longer simply because they feed on natural foods.
The most dominant species of rats living in urban areas are roof rats and Norway rats. These species of rats have an adaptive feature that allows them to survive in any kind of environment and their rate of reproduction allows them to multiply rapidly in any home they find themselves in.
Apart from the availability of easily accessible food, urban areas have an abundant supply of places to nest and proliferate. In urban areas, there are houses around and each of these houses has attics, walls, roofs, and other hidden places where rats can nest. The search for a place to nest makes takes rats into urban areas that seem to have many good nesting places.
Also, the absence of predators in urban areas makes rats prefer to stay in urban areas than in the wild. In the wild, there is no adequate protection for them, and more than half will be hunted as prey before they even reach maturity.
All of the above reasons clearly show why there are more rats in urban areas than in wild areas. Having realized this, you need to do all you can to prevent them from infesting your home because if they do, they will multiply rapidly within just a short time.