Rat chewing on electrical wire.

Customer Rat Email: Hi, I live in Casselberry, and found your site doing a search about squirrels, but now realize I may be calling you shortly for rat service! I was looking for an expert to ask this: We have been finding (two now) dead squirrels in our yard...almost in the same spot...with no visible injury. Should we be concerned? Rabies maybe? (we have a lot of trees, and a lot of squirrels). Also, after reading your site, it looks like I will be calling you in the near future, as my husband saw a large (rat?) climb into an open vent under our eave into our attic. We have also seen a few of these rats in our backyard. (our dog killed one). My husband took a look in the attic, and he saw droppings and some chew marks on electrical wires.  Is this a problem? Thank you, Karen

My Answer: Yes, chewing on wires in an attic can be a big problem, because it can be a fire hazard. I can come out and solve the rat problem. As for the squirrels, they don't often get rabies. I don't know what the cause of death might be, but rabies is one of the less likely causes.

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There are three kinds of rodents commonly found inside buildings (in the attics, walls, and even inside the living space). They are the Roof Rat (Rattus rattus), which is also called the Black Rat, then there's the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Brown Rat, and the House Mouse (Mus musculus). Roof Rats are more common in the south, such as Florida, where I work. The above photo is of a Roof Rat. They are very common inside attics. The Norway Rat is more common in the northern section of the United States. The Norways are more commonly found underground, in subways and sewers and such. The House Mouse is found everywhere, but seems more common in the north. All of these rodents thrive in urban areas and love to live in human buildings and houses. They use human garbage (and pantries) as sources of food. All of these rodents are carriers of several diseases that can infect humans and pets. They contaminate homes and attics. The only way to permanently solve a rat problem is to find out how the rodents are gaining access to the inside of the building, and fix those openings. Then the remaining rats inside have to be trapped and removed. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Rats page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as rats. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or rat control issues.

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