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Facts about Rats

Inspection is an important first step in getting rid of rats. Once you know the location of the rats, you can set traps or place bait. Exclusion is an important rodent control technique. It will get rid of the rats by making it difficult for them to enter the home or structure.

FACT: Some rats, if provoked and cornered, will fight their way out of the confrontation, as will many wild animals. But most rats do not outwardly attack humans. Young babies, bed-confined elders, and the homeless sleeping in doorways and alleys, however, are occasionally bitten by unprovoked rats.

Rats are equipped with large teeth and administer painful bites when threatened. ... However, when cornered, they will lunge and bite to defend themselves. The saliva of some species of rats carries hazardous diseases, such as leptospirosis and Hantavirus. In rare cases, rat bite victims may contract rat-bite fever.

Brown rats show a tendency to be negative geotaxis which means they prefer to move downwards as opposed to upwards. Black rats are superior climbers and can climb any slightly roughed surface up or down. Brown rats can jump vertically more than 77cm and 120cm horizontally.Dec 20, 2011

Rat bites and scratches can result in disease and rat-bite fever. Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can result in liver and kidney damage. It can also be contracted through handling or inhalation of scat. Complications include renal and liver failure, as well as cardiovascular problems.

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