Close photograph of rattus rattus.

Customer Rat Email: dear david.. I live alone and got real depressed...and my house cleaning got behind...I now saw 3 [will call them big and fast mice] scurried in kitchen light and sun rise light... They look different from your rats... Their tails are half as long...and thicker...but naked just the same. I am going to bag trash to make floor room....then should I put out poison...or traps.? seems they are in the back of the refrigerator also... They originally got in [ do not know ] but they have been eating all my pasta in boxes...a whole big enough...then they ate a pound of small shell dry macoroni... they will [or already ] reproduce ad nausaum...!!! I have 3 cats..mostly indoors...they have kept them out of the living room...but it needs cleaning too... I sleep in the living room on the couch...will they attack me in my sleep?? I have empty rooms upstairs... like you said..they could have come in from the attic..then down to the food in the kitchen... what is the triage plan.. WHILE I AM BAGGING AND CLEANING...could they attack me if they get hungry or feel threatened? sorry for the long e-mail...but I have a semi-phobia towards rat sized rodents... They are too big and fast for mice...think so? where on internet is there photos of the different mice and rats? Sincerely, C.Andrew

My Answer: I don't know what kind of rodent it is, but no rats or mice ever attack people.

News Update... Dave...they were running in a pack of three....with flat [thick] tails..half the size of the body..and not hairless... and light brown and thicker..more antimated legs...didn't see the head well But the rest of it resembles "wild gerbil's ".. maybe somebody dropped off pet gerbils that came in with the cold weather months ago.... Being so scared...could they be wild gerbils? I am going to get a live trap and try to trap them..then bring to a local zoo..Maymount Park.. years ago one of my cats caught a baby flying squirrel ,, and they took him... will keep you posted ..thanks David. C.A. If you need rodent control services in your hometown, click for the National Directory of Rat Trappers that I've carefully compiled in every USA city.

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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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