There are many, many species of rats in the world and the United States. The two most common rats in Arizona are the Norway Rat and Roof Rat.
The Norway Rat is an excellent swimmer and is often found in waterfront areas, sewers, storm drains, underground burrow and yes in our homes.
The Roof Rat is a phenominal climber, easily climbing trees, power poles, sides of houses, or utility lines. They prefer to nest above ground, and commonly nest in trees or thick shrubbery, as well as in the attics of our houses.
Worldwide rodents destroy about on half of the food we produce. Most due to contamination of the food with ecrement. Rats eliminate an average of 20-50 droppings a day, along with an ounce of urine, onto whatever surface they are on when the urge hits. Due to their constant gnawing rodents destroy our possessions, and it is believed that about one third of structure fires of unknown origin likely are caused by rats chewing on electric wires. Rats carry parsites such as fleas, mites, and lice, that have been responsible for the deaths of many hundreds of millions of people in human history.
Rats can squeeze themselves through a hole only 1/2 inch wide, and usually chew large holes in walls or under doors in order to move through more easily. The front teeth in a rodents mouth grow at a rate of about 1/2 inch per month. The teeth are harder than iron and are operated by jaws that can exert 7000 lbs of pressure per square inch.
We are experienced in dealing with all sorts of rodent problems. You can rest assured that we are rat exterminators and we are ready to help you reclaim your space through exclusion, trapping, baiting, etc… Let us know how we can help you.