South Florida Rodent Control and Information for Your Home
Rats are scavengers. They have an excellent sense of taste and a good memory. A rat can identify certain substances, including rat poisons, after just a tiny taste of it. Smell, taste, touch and sound help direct them to their food sources. Rats have strong teeth that allow them to chew through glass, cinder block, wire, aluminum and lead.
An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter. Rats can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old.
These are preventative ways to keep rats out of your home: Rats like to eat, so keep your homes clean and do not leave food out. Make sure that your home and storage areas are clean and dry. Make sure that you clean your sheds, crawlspaces, and garbage cans often. Close up any small holes and cracks they can come in through.