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Rats Can Compress Their Bodies to Fit Through Incredibly Small Spaces

Close Off Your Home to the Resourceful Rat
Close Off Your Home to the Resourceful Rat.

One of the best ways to keep rats out of your home is by sealing up even small gaps. Rats are known for being able to fit into tiny gaps and cracks, but how do they do it? Our pest control Brielle NJ experts have some information you should know about these rodents.

Rat Skeletons

There’s a common myth that rats are able to squeeze through tiny gaps thanks to having a collapsible skeleton. However, that’s not true. Rats have solid, noncollapsible skeletons just as humans do. How are they able to get their bodies through small holes then?

Rats have a body shape that makes this possible. Their bodies are long and have a cylindrical shape that allows them to get through small gaps and holes. Keep in mind that there are limitations. Larger rats can’t fit through smaller openings, but smaller ones can easily do so.

Rat Prevention

Keep rats off your property and away from your home by closing up any tiny gaps or cracks you find with a good silicone-based caulk. This will help keep them out of your home. You can discourage rats from your yard by not leaving food or water around that might attract them.

If you’ve seen rats on your property, contact Allison Pest Control right away. We provide prompt pest control Brielle NJ services, so you can have a rodent-free home.

Big Norway Rats Are Found in NJ

Norway Rats
Norway Rats

Norway rats have made an impression on the general public due to their numbers and size. While you might think these rats are only seen scurrying around the streets and subways of NYC, these common rats are also found in other places, including Newark. One city worker managed to catch a Norway rat that measures 2 feet long and weighs just under 3 pounds.

Norway rats live in large groups in tunnels and burrows underground, which they spend a lot of time digging. Some are also found in wood piles, ponds and other areas, if there’s plenty of food sources available. Norway rats are brownish or grayish in color and have a white belly. They have small ears and scaly tails that are shorter in length than their bodies, unlike their long-tailed roof rat cousins. Norway rats are considered a nuisance and a public health hazard because they carry harmful parasites and diseases that can spread to humans, such as Hantavirus and toxoplasmosis.

When you have a Norway rat infestation, it’s important to have these rodents removed as soon as possible. Otherwise, they could end up making you and your family ill. They can also cause damage to your property with their chewing.

If you’ve noticed Norway rats around your property, don’t hesitate to call Allison Pest Control. Our experienced Freehold exterminators will trap these pests and remove them from your property safely.

Rat Bite Fever from Pet Kills Boy

Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ parents should be aware of a tragic event that recently occurred in San Diego. A 10-year-old boy died from rat bite fever contracted from his pet rat which was purchased at Petco. The boy died just hours after being rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pains.

Associated with rat pests and wild rats, rat bite fever is rare in North America but common in Asia. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that the growing popularity of keeping rats as pets has increased the risk of contracting the disease, particularly for pet store employees.

Although unaffected by the disease themselves, rats are natural carriers and transmitters of the two specific bacteria that cause rat bite fever. The disease is passed from rat to rat by direct contact and from rats to humans and other animals through the animal’s saliva, urine or feces. Infection is usually caused by a bite or scratch from an infected rat; but kissing or handling an infected pet or coming into contact with its urine or feces can also expose the pet owner.

While treatable, rat bite fever can be misdiagnosed, allowing the disease to become life threatening. Symptoms do not usually begin until three weeks after exposure by which time the bite or scratch that caused the infection may be long forgotten. Initial symptoms of the disease are often mistaken for flu, further delaying treatment. One telltale sign of rat bite fever is the development of a rash on the hands and feet two to four days after fever begins.

If your child has a pet rat and is bitten or scratched or develops flu-like symptoms, Allison Pest Control’s rat extermination NJ experts urge parents to seek immediate medical attention for their child.