Rats – How to keep them away from your home or business.

Rats – How to keep them away from your home or business.


Rats are everywhere in Florida. They live in just about any environment from inland cities like Deltona and Debary, to the dense mangroves along our coastlines in towns like Flagler Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet, and Oak Hill.

The two main kinds of rats in our area are the Norway rat and the Roof rat. Both are extremely damaging to homes and businesses. Rat urine and feces can soak into walls and ceilings causing extensive and costly damage, not to mention the odor and health hazards.

Roof rats, also called black rats, are one of the most common rats in Florida. They live and breed in palm trees and feed mostly on a vegetarian diet consisting of citrus fruits and berries. They are smaller than Norway rats and have a lighter texture to their fur; their eyes and ears are larger, and their noses are pointed. Their tails are longer than their heads and bodies. They are dark brown to black in color. Roof rats are great climbers and like to build nests up high, which is why we often find them in customers’ attics.

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