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Woodrats Exposed: Identification, Behavior, And Control Strategies For Douglas Properties

December 14, 2023 - Rats

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Oh rats! It’s happening again. Rats are trying to break into homes here in Douglas. Granted, this has been a problem for a long time. Rats are always looking for an angle on how to get into local homes and where to find food.

If you are worried about these pests invading your living areas, we have some things you should know about a common local species, the woodrat. If you think this or other rodents are already inside your home, call our team at Mule Mountain Pest Control and ask about our service offerings. We will share with you your options for rat removal in Douglas and find a quick solution to deal with your pest problems. 

Woodrat Behavior: Insights Into Nests, Diet, And Social Structure

Woodrats are known by a few different names. You may have heard them called pack rats or trade rats. They get these names from their social behaviors and tendency to live in large packs.

If possible, these rodents will get into homes here in Douglas. Once indoors, they will find shelter inside wall voids, attics, basements, and other secluded areas. They will use insulation, fabrics, furniture, and other items to gather materials to build their nests and chew holes through walls to better navigate your interior spaces. As for food, woodrats eat just about anything humans might eat, as well as other things like the fecal droppings of other animals, rotting meat, and decaying vegetation. 

Health Risks Of Woodrats: Protecting Your Family And Property

Woodrats are one of the most harmful types of rats here in Douglas. This is because of their dirty habits and diet. These pests actively crawl through nasty areas and then spread bacteria over countertops, kitchen tables, and other surfaces indoors. They also contaminate food sources with their droppings and urine.

To make things worse, these rodents are destructive. They chew holes through things and gnaw on items that are in their way. They will also gnaw on things like furniture legs to file their teeth down. 

Prevention Strategies: Keep Woodrats Off Your Property

Do you want to keep rats out of your home? If these pests are not currently indoors, here are some methods you might use to keep them away.

  • Make sure your home’s exterior has proper sealing.

  • Repair damage to exterior windows and doors and make sure they work properly.

  • Address moisture problems inside and around your home.

  • Reduce clutter as much as possible, and do your best to keep your home clean and tidy.

  • Store your food inside airtight containers and in the refrigerator for extra protection.

For additional help dealing with different kinds of rats, like woodrats, talk with our team at Mule Mountain Pest Control and ask about our rodent control service offerings.

Calling In The Pros: When To Hire Expert Woodrat Exterminators

It may seem intimidating to call a pest control professional about your rat problems. We assure you that we don’t bite. Our team at Mule Mountain Pest Control commits to finding affordable and effective pest control solutions for our community. If you think your home has a rat problem or are looking for ways to keep these pests at bay, talk with our team. We would love to share some of our offerings with you and discover what would work best to solve your individual pest problems.

Contact us at Mule Mountain Pest Control to ask about our rat control options in Douglas. Let us find a strategy that will best deal with these furry pests inside and around your Douglas home.

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