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rat, photo credit: Maj. Bobby Hart, Department of Defense

Rats can make a home almost anywhere. They infest homes, agriculture, and foodstuffs, and they easily adapt to their surroundings. Despite poor eyesight, rats are active at night when they explore and learn about their surroundings. They memorize pathways and landmarks. Rats are active throughout the year and an infestation can start at any time. Controlling rats can be difficult because they avoid new objects, including traps and baits. If you notice rat damage or see droppings, consider checking your entire property for other signs of rats.

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Information on Specifics Types of Rats:

Norway Rats (Brown Rats)

Roof Rats (Black Rats)

Woodrats (Pack Rats)

Last updated July 7, 2015

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