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Animal Control Frisco TX: What You Need To Know About Rats


At Safe Pro Pest Control, our specialty is pest control and animal control Frisco TX. What kinds of animals are you most likely to need help with around your home and on your property. Rats. No area of North Texas is immune to rat infestations. Grocery stores, mobile homes, schools, and community centers are being invaded by rodents that are finding the warm weather and ample food supply in our area very pleasing. When you contact us at Safe Pro Pest Control, we’ll not only take steps to eliminate your rat problem, we’ll also show you ways to keep from attracting them to your property in the future. The two most common types of rats in North Texas are:

Rodent Removal Service Frisco TX: Roof Rats

These rats have smooth black or brown fur and can grow to a length of 15 or more. They have large eyes and ears, a long tail and a pointed nose. They are prodigious breeders who can nest almost anywhere but, as their name suggests, they are excellent climbers who are often found in the upper parts of structures. Roof rats can gain access to the top level of your home by traveling along utility lines and tree branches. They eat almost everything but prefer fruits, grains and nuts. Throughout history, infected fleas have transmitted diseases from these rats to humans. Roof rats have carried Bubonic plague, trichinosis and rat bite fever. If they come into contact with food or food preparation areas, they can cause food poisoning. The most obvious signs of roof rat infestations are grease marks on walls where their fur rubs as they travel along their usual paths between food and shelter. Rat droppings and sightings of actual rats – alive or dead – are difficult because they normally live overhead in the attic and because they tend to hide from humans.

Animal Control Frisco TX: Norway Rats

Norway rats are large – they can weigh over a pound and grow to over 24″ in length including their tails. These rats are covered in shaggy brown or gray fur. Their ears and tails are covered in scales. Inside of buildings, they prefer basements, crawlspaces and attics. Norway rats prefer a diet of fresh food when possible – grains, meat, fish and nuts. Norway rats transmit, with the exception of the plague, many of the same diseases that roof rats do. Rat urine is responsible for the spread of leptospirosis, which can damage your liver and kidneys. The signs of a Norway rat infestation include droppings and urine stains. They can leave track marks if they walk through a dusty or dirty area and leave chew marks on food, structures and other objects. Often, you may hear noises in the walls – squeaking, clawing and gnawing are common.

If you suspect that you have a rat problem in or around your home, call the experts in pest and animal control Frisco TX, Safe Pro Pest Control, at (214) 773-9548. You can also visit us online at to learn more about us and to read testimonials from satisfied customers.

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