Rodent infestations are one of the most difficult pest infestations to get rid of. Rats and mice are small, elusive creatures that only come out in the dark when everything is quiet. 

That’s why it’s important for NJ homeowners to know how rodents get into their home, what they can do to keep them out, and how to get rid of a rodent infestation! 

Most Common Type of Rat Found in NJ Homes

The Norway Rat, also known as a brown rat, is the most commonly found rat in New Jersey homes. Norway rats are the largest commensal rodent and the most common in the temperate regions of the world. 

These rats are typically 7 to 9 inches long with a tail that’s another 6 to 8 inches long. They have shaggy brown fur scattered with black hairs and also have a gray to yellowish white belly. Although 8 inches does seem big for a rat, they typically weigh around ½ pound to a little over a pound (about 18 ounces). 

Like most rodents, Norway Rats are nocturnal and very cautious, often shying away from new objects and changes. Since they are so skittish, they won’t come out unless the house is calm and quiet.

What Attracts Rodents to Your Home?

There are many reasons that rodents may seek out your home. The main reasons they invade home are in search for food, water, and shelter. 

Rodents are extremely elusive and sneaky. Norway rats only need a half inch opening to enter a building or home, which means they can slip underneath a closed door. If you leave food scraps out on the county overnight, rodents may come to clean up for you. 

It’s not always what’s on the inside that counts, your yard and outdoor conditions can also attract rats. 

A few common outdoor conditions that attracts rats:

  • Brooks and streams 
  • Bird feeders
  • Composts
  • Pet feces

If you have any of the conditions listed above on your property, your home is more susceptible to rodent infestations.

Damages That Rodent Infestations Can Cause

Rodents may seem harmless because of their size and shyness but they can cause some serious damage to your property. For starters, they are notorious for spreading diseases. Ever heard of the plague? It was mainly spread by rats. 

Rats also cause a lot of damage from gnawing. They chew through anything necessary to get to what they want. They might chew through furniture, create holes in the wall for entry, and they even chew through electrical wires which is a HUGE fire risk!

One or two rats might not be able to cause a ton of damage themselves but rats are never alone. If you see one rat in your home, odds are there is a whole colony nearby.

NJ Rodent Control & Rat Exterminators

Keeping rats out of your home once they have invaded is almost impossible without the help from a rodent exterminator. They multiply rapidly which could turn a small infestation into a whole colony in less than a week. 

To keep your New Jersey home rodent free, it’s best to take precautionary measures beforehand. 

Here are 5 ways you can help prevent a rat infestation 

  1. Identify and remove food source
  2. Locate burrows on property treat accordingly
  3. Seal exterior entry areas 
  4. Interior populations can be eliminated with mechanical, motion devices and bait treatments
  5. Sanitize interior areas occupied

If you already have rodents in your home, it’s best to hire a rodent control company. Only a rodent control specialist will be able to identify the entry point and eliminate the infestation at the source. Store bought rat traps might work on TV and in the movies but they aren’t as effective in real life or a long-term solution. 

Get a Free Quote For Rodent Control

If you are suffering from a rodent infestation in your New Jersey home, a reliable rodent exterminator like Dial Environmental can help! Don’t waste your time or money on store bought treatments that aren’t effective. Get help from a professional who can guarantee your home will be rodent free after treatment. 

Our experts take the time to inspect your entire home for entry points, eliminate the infestation at the source, and prevent rodents from returning. Contact us today for a free quote on all of our rodent control services!