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Fox Pest Control’s Southeastern MA Rat Exterminator Service

Ever seen a long tail peeping out from behind the boxes in your garage or a fast blur running through your kitchen? Rats are sneaky, nimble rodents. When you see one in your home, it’s easy to panic. After all, who knows where they’ve been? It’s almost impossible to track them down.  Luckily, you don’t have to get rid of rats yourself. Fox Pest Control takes rat extermination seriously. 

Signs of a Rat Infestation

You might already know for sure that you have a rat problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of a rat infestation in Southeastern MA. 

Droppings

The first sign of a rat infestation is their droppings. Larger than mouse droppings, Norway rat droppings are dark and cylindrical. Rats will usually find specific, hidden places to urinate and leave their droppings.

Gnaw marks

Because their teeth never stop growing, rats can chew through electrical wires, solid wood, hard plastic, and even metal, especially if there are large numbers of them in an area.

Noises

Rats may fight one another at night over food, territory, nesting material, or dominance. They might make scurrying noises or squeals.

Destroyed food

Always on the lookout for food, rats will chew through food storage containers or even solid wood to find food. Some rats may steal chicken eggs from coops or food from gardens.

What You Need to Know About Rats

  • Rats carry diseases like hantavirus, the plague, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Adult rats are bigger than adult mice, but young rats may be similar in size. 
  • A rat has pointier, less rounded ears and a hairless tail, while mice have fine hairs along the length of their tails. 
  • You can identify a rat by its droppings. Rat feces are usually cylindrical or banana shaped and quite large. Since they’re intelligent creatures, they tend to take care of business in the same spot every time. 
  • Even more telling than the feces may be the bite marks in walls or food containers. Sometimes, you can even hear rats fighting over food. 

Helpful Rat Prevention Tips:

  • Seal common entry points.
  • Reduce food and water access.
  • Reduce hiding places in the kitchen and yard. Clean up debris and trim bushes so they don’t touch your home.

How Do I Get Rid Of Rats?

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Your technician will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized rat treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.

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You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain rat free.

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Rat Control FAQ

Are rats dangerous?

Rats can carry fleas and ticks that will infest your house. Rats can also carry and transmit various diseases, including

Tularemia
Leptospirosis
Rat-bite fever
Salmonellosis
Hemorrhagic fever
Lassa fever
Plague

How did rats get in my house?

Rats have an extraordinary ability to squeeze themselves into tiny spaces. Rats can fit into a gap or crack about the size of a quarter and then wiggle their way through. 

Why are rats in my house?

After gaining access, rats are likely to look for hiding places, food and water, and material for nests. Often, the kitchen, basement, or other places with food storage are the most obvious hiding places.

Are rats dangerous?

Rats can carry diseases such as leptospirosis, the bubonic plague, and hantavirus. Because they often travel directly from an unsanitary area to your kitchen, they can also spread salmonella. Rats may also be infested with fleas or ticks that can also carry diseases.

Do rats destroy houses?

Rats commonly destroy property by gnawing on walls, chewing up papers or fabrics, and generally causing a mess with their nests, urine, and feces.

Can rats have rabies?

Small rodents like rats and mice are not known to carry rabies or transmit it to humans.

How do I know if I have rats in the house?

Typical signs of rats may include:

Gnaw marks in walls, near the corners of doors, or in food containers. 

Squealing and scratching sounds. Rats will fight one another for dominance or food, so you may hear rustling or squealing noises at night. 

Nests. You might discover a rat nest, which is often made of ripped pieces of paper, cloth, wall insulation, or pillow stuffing. 

Droppings. Even though rats try to find a good hiding place to do their business, you may discover where they discard their droppings, such as an area that is hidden out of the way. 

Footprints. It is also possible to find tiny rat footprints in spilled food, dust, or dirt. 

Unusual pet behavior. Finally, some pets may show alert behavior when they hear or smell a rat nearby.

Do rats like cheese?

Even though we’ve seen the cartoons, most rats would actually prefer other types of food besides the blocks of cheese we buy at the store. 

What do rats like to eat?

Rats have a keen sense of smell, which they use to identify food that they most enjoy, which can range from fruit and nuts to vegetables, meat, and garbage. Rat species like the Norwegian rat are scavengers, so they can eat many different sorts of food, including decaying material or trash.

Rats enjoy foods with high energy, like high-sugar foods or high-protein foods. If they can, they willingly dig into pet food, bird seed, peanut butter, or other foods.

Do rats avoid traps?

Unlike mice, rats are smart enough to be extremely cautious around things that are new to their environment, a fear called “neophobia.” 

Are rats intelligent?

They also are intelligent enough to figure out whether or not something presents a hazard. For example, if one of the rats finds a trap or something dangerous, the other rats will notice the problem and avoid it.

What’s the difference between a mouse and a rat?

Body Size. Mice are smaller than rats, although a juvenile rat may look similar to an adult mouse.

Ears. Mice ears are more rounded, while rats have a slimmer ear shape. 

Tail. Mouse tails are longer than their bodies, while rat tails are generally shorter. Mouse tails also have small hairs, while rat tails are completely bald.

Droppings. Mice feces are about the size and shape of a grain of rice. Norwegian rat droppings are pill-shaped, and roof rat droppings are banana-shaped. Mice spread their droppings everywhere, but rats are more careful and use a specific hiding spot as a “latrine.”

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5 Stars

We have never needed pest control in the past and we randomly called Fox. We couldn't be happier with Phil the technician that came to service our home. Phil was extremely knowledgeable, thorough and patient. He answered all of our questions and put us at ease. If all of Fox's technicians are like Phil then you'll be in good hands.


– Anthony Falzone

Posted December 12th 2019
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5 Stars

We've been using FOX for the last few years for seasonal pest maintenance. Every time we see some sort of pest activity outside our regular seasonal treatment, they come quick and take care of it. The workers are always kind and courteous and answer my questions and concerns. We've recommended this company to a number of family and friends who have also used FOX for treatment.


– Tara Canaan

Posted December 1st 2019
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5 Stars

We have only experienced outstanding service from our techs, especially Sterling. He is very respectful and so sweet!! Good communication from their main office too! Happy customer, will recommend to friends in our area :)


– Tina Le

Posted December 8th 2019
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