RATS PEST CONTROL VANCOUVER
About the Rats
These are two types of rats found in the Lower Mainland: The Norway or Brown Rat and The Roof or Black Rat. It appears the most common rat is the roof rat, which can enter at any level of the home or building.
The Norway rat has a blunt nose and small ears for the size of its head. The tail is shorter than the combined length of the body and head. The Norway rat is larger than the roof rat. The roof, or black rat, is slimmer than the Norway rat, has larger ears and the tail is longer than the combined length of the body and head.
Rat droppings are black, oval and about the size of a raisin (15 to 20 mm. long). Mouse droppings are 6 mm. long Roof rats nest in ceilings and attics, while Norway rats prefer moist conditions and generally live at ground level in crawlspaces or basements. The Norway rat also burrows in the ground along building perimeters or gardens.
Both rats are excellent climbers and can climb inside and outside of pipes. They can climb almost any surface except for vinyl siding. Trees, vines, hydro and telephone cables are easy access for rats. Rats and mice are found in cars, motorhomes, campers, etc. and can cause damage to wiring and hoses in engine compartments.