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Rat Wars: The Full Story

brown rat in home

With the colder winter weather, Getem has seen an increase in the number of Roof rats in residential homes.

Charlie Church, owner of Getem services, says Norway rats used to be the dominant species in the area, but in the past six years Roof rats have moved in.

“In warmer climates they aren’t as bad in the houses, but when it gets cold here in the winter, if your house has a hole, it sends out a heat signature,” Church explained. “These guys will see that coming out of your house and they’ll make a way into that hole.”

It doesn’t take much for rats to get inside, even the tiniest of holes can be a gateway inside.

The rats are more than just a nuisance – they can also carry disease and ruin wiring inside homes.

Church says the best way to prevent rats is to seal any holes in a house and to remove food sources such as bird feeders from yards.

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