Cotton Rat Control

Cotton Rat Control, Trapping & Removal Services

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Cotton rats live throughout the southern half of the U.S. They are active year-round at night and occasionally during the day. As they are mainly solitary pests, they are quite defensive of their territories. They are also behave aggressively towards other rats and mice. Known to spread disease and destroy yards, cotton rats are unpleasant nuisances that can create serious problems for homeowners.

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The entire length of a cotton rat is 10 inches on average, with the tail comprising about four inches of that. Their tails are almost completely hairless and appear scaly. Other traits include their stiff, rough fur coats that are usually black, gray, or brown.

DIET

Unless threatened with limited access to vegetation, cotton rats primarily eat plants, seeds, roots, and stems. Fruits, nuts, and sugarcane are also part of their diet. When the pests are unable to find their preferred meals, they resort to scavenging for eggs and young quail, among other small birds and carcasses.

HABITAT

Ideal cotton rat habitats range from grasslands and meadows to marshlands, so long as they are densely covered. Cotton rats also nest in embankments, cultivated fields, under logs, and along roadsides. Nests are built from dry grass and other plant materials. The rodents construct paths to and from their nests and other locations.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Yards in their range are often overrun with cotton rats, as these environments provide them with coverage, shelter, and sources of food. To avoid rainfall and other outdoor elements, the pests may enter homes for protection. Additionally, when the rodents find stores of food in homes, they are more inclined to invade and settle inside.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

The major problem cotton rats pose is the threat of destruction to crops and plants. Also carriers of hantavirus, the pests risk infecting people with the potentially fatal disease. The virus can be spread to humans through contact with infected rats or their urine and feces.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Keeping cotton rats out of gardens and fields is of the utmost importance to home and property owners. To prevent the pests from eating plants and crops, fence off chosen areas with metal barriers. Fencing should stand at least 15 inches high and reach roughly six inches under the ground. Individuals with concerns about cotton rats in yards and near homes should remove the pests’ preferred habitats by regularly mowing grass and cutting tall weeds.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Small populations of cotton rats can be controlled using snap traps and live traps. Strategically place the baited traps near areas that are regularly visited by the pests. However, efficient trapping and cotton rat control is done best by trained pest experts. Contact the local wildlife professionals at Trutech to effectively remove cotton rat infestations in homes and yards.


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