Black Rat

Here are some pictures of the black rat, also known as roof rat or scientifically Rattus Rattus, or maybe you are searching for the Brown rat?

black rat close up
The black rat is a nocturnal, omnivore rodent.
two black rats
Black rats live in groups called ‘packs’.
black rats gnawing
Black rats breed between March and November.

3 thoughts on “Black Rat”

  1. I have not had problems with rats for many years because we have two corgis, one of which is a known field rat killer. We live in the country but we keep our grass short on our 1 acre of property so it is likely it’s the surrounding properties with all the tall grass that has more places for rats to make their nests. However just the other day the “rat killer” was sniffing an area of the wall below the stairs outside. I was having a hard time getting her to come inside because she was so fixated on this spot. I didn’t think anything of it at the time but then the next morning I saw rat dropping all over the back counter where I keep my pasta maker and some on my pasta maker too (eww!). Sometimes pieces of egg noodle or cracker or whatever gets caught in the gears and can’t be removed without excessive shaking (you can’t run those things under the faucet or it will rust, you just have to spray it and wipe it down and use a little brush to get it mostly clean. It gets clean again by running a small portion of dough through it that you throw away) so I could just imagine the rat (or rats) were detailing these gears trying to get any dry bits of dry noodle or cracker. IT had to be right there because the pantry cabinets are clean and most of the droppings were concentrated on the counter next to and on my pasta maker. I just recently was moving some furniture in the room next to kitchen so they likely used the convenient misplacement of furniture to hop up there. It had to happen at night. I also found a single dropping in the rat killer’s food bowl in the mudroom probably she left 1 kibble or 2 in there (i only feed the dogs 2 times a day, never leave full food bowls out). But I found a trail of droppings in the corner of the room next to the kitchen, on a love seat (i cover all my couches with blankets because of my dogs) and I can even see the tiny paw/claw prints on the suede pillows on the love seat. It seems as if that’s where they/it came from as this area of the room was once a fireplace but it’s been mostly covered with drywall but a small gap remains at the floor (and blocked from view with the love seat there.) Anyway, I have had hamsters and rats as pets when i was a kid so I’m not eager to kill this creature but I think it may be the best option seeing as how I believe there are thousands more living out in the fields around here and it would help keep the population down. Should I move the loveseat and bait a rattrap down near the small opening on the ground there or should I be baiting the trap and leaving it outside near that area my dog was sniffing? I think I can keep the dogs out of the trap area by blocking it with the sofa but putting it outside would make it difficult to keep the dogs away from it.

  2. My name’s Oscar Diaz I have a problem with a rat who is getting into my engine compartment in the cars and I need him gone before he does any damage to my engines

    1. I just had my wiring, insulation and plastic parts replaced under my hood to the tune of $2900.00 Fortunately, my auto insurance covered most of it except for my deductible. I have used spring, electronic, snap, and sticky traps. They all work for various rodents. The most effective way of discouraging them is to park in the garage or keeping the hood open, if you park outside. I favor putting an electronic trap within the engine compartment, and snap traps on grade next to the front wheels also baited with peanut butter. I live in a rural area so total elimination is out of the question, so I keep baiting traps around the outside of my home to keep the population down. Good luck with your rodent hunting.

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