In your home, there is no animal quite as terrifying to come across as a rat. These small rodents are quick to act, potentially destroying parts of your home and yard with their chewing and defecation. Rats are known to carry bacteria, diseases, and insects that can harm both pets and humans. Whether you live in an overpopulated city, rural countryside, or suburbia, you may come across a rat in your home or yard.
What does a Rat look like?
Most rats weigh between 5 ounces and a pound, have grayish fur, and possess scaly, hairless tails. They are larger than mice and can reach nearly a foot in length. As is typical of rodents, rats have protruding incisors, whiskers, and small eyes.
What does a Rat eat?
Rats are omnivorous foragers. The rodents commonly dig through trash bins and landfills in residential areas for easy meals. Both Norway and roof rats also pilfer animal food meant for livestock or cats and dogs. Other favorite meals include snakes, frogs, and even other rodents like mice.
Almost any habitat is suitable for rats, as they adapt with ease to the available resources of a given area. Antarctica is the only continent without rat populations. Desirable habitats provide water and food sources in steady, surplus supplies. As such, rats maintain a cosmopolitan distribution and are regularly found wherever people live.