Myths About Rats

If you know where to look, you can find a lot of accurate information about rodents on the Internet. Unfortunately, the Internet also abounds with poorly researched articles that frequently misinform the public about rats. We listed below some of the more popular myths and half-truths people hear about rats. Here are some myths about rats: 1. They say that rats grow as big as a cat. False! Fact: The two common rat species people are likely to encounter, the Black Rat (Rattus rattus) and the Norway Rat (Rattus Norvegicus) rarely reach over 15 ounces. Most domestic cats weigh in around 8 to 12 pounds. But wait a minute! What about these Gambian Rats appearing in the Florida Keys! 2. They say that cats can control the rat population. False! Fact: Rats are far too prolific for the hungriest of cats to keep up with. Rats hide in places inaccessible for cats. And rats, which are larger than mice, put up a good fight and can defend themselves. That doesn’t stop some folks from using cats to stop rats! 3. They say that there are more rats in a city than people. False, nowadays in the U.S. Fact: The idea that rat and human populations are on par is believed to be from an inaccurate study in England at the turn of the 20th century. More accurate and current studies indicate the number of rats to be far lower than people, depending on the area studied. Well, let’s see what New York City residents think: 4. They say that cheese makes the best rat bait. False! Fact: Rats have very good taste and do in fact like cheese. But the pest control industry has long known that peanut butter, meat, chocolate, or dried fruit work equally well or better. One reliable source suggests using fabric and cotton balls. Female rats like to shred this material for nesting.
Humorous Picture of Rat Taking Cheese from Rat Trap with Crash Helmet

Humorous Picture of Rat Taking Cheese from Rat Trap with Crash Helmet

See what this Brit uses: 5. They say that rats must gnaw on something or their teeth will grow into their skull. True, with a condition. Fact: Their teeth do always grow. But rats grind their lower incisors against the upper incisors. This activity maintains tooth sharpness and prevents over growth. Did you ever hear about bruxing? 6. They say that rats transmit rabies. True, but. Fact: Rats are mammals and can transmit rabies. But, they are not an important reservoir of rabies in the United States. The medical profession does not routinely vaccinate rat bite victims for rabies as is routinely done for dog, cat, bat, fox, raccoon and other animal bites. Contact your local health department if you receive a bite from a feral or pet rat. Sounds so lovely that they are making music. LOL 7. They say that rats cannot vomit. True! Fact: There are, in fact several species of animals that either are unlikely to vomit or cannot vomit. This includes horses, rabbits, and rats. The valve between their stomach and esophagus is very strong. Their stomach is likely to rupture before vomiting occurs. But their digestive tract is very strong and often processes the most dangerous material. And a rat’s keen sense of smell and taste keep them from consuming anything they cannot digest. Well that’s one good thing! 8. They say that rats have developed some “resistance” to the most popular rodenticides. True! Fact: The first generation anticoagulant rodenticides have been in use for a long time. Many rats have developed resistance to them. However, most rats have not developed resistance to the second generation anticoagulant rodenticides. These are very effective for rodent control. 9. They say that sewer rats and Warf Rats are different. True. Fact: Rats have many nicknames. Scientists and Pest control professionals know better. Most of the pest rats in the United States are Rattus norvegicus, the Norway rat. They are commonly called house rats, sewer rats, wharf rats, and brown rats. These rats are actually came from central Asia and spread around the world following human settlement and commerce. The second most common pest rat, Rattus rattus, inhabits the warm US southwest. They are commonly called Roof Rats, Black Rats, and ship rats. These were the guys that spread black plague. Cotton Rats (Sigmodon spp.) are small native species of rats common to the Southeastern and South-Central United States. Wood rats (Notoma spp.), also called Pack Rats, are common around home in Southwestern United States. 10. They say that sewer rats are blind and very large. False. Fact: Sewer rats are just the common Norway rat. They are not unusually large nor blind. 11. They say that rats can laugh. Fact: You decide this one. Click on line to view video. http://www.wimp.com/ratslaugh/ We hope you are laughing too! Call today at 1-800-986-1006 for a free rodent inspection. You’re also welcome to complete the form below and a caring Hearts Pest Management representative will contact you shortly.
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