Rats (Rattus spp.) have caused more human suffering and more economic damage than any other vertebrate pest. From causing plague epidemics (the "Black Death" of Europe) to rat-bite fever, whether feeding on stored grain or gnawing electric wires, rats are enemies of humankind.

Rat Description


Rats generally weigh between 12-16 ounces. Their bodies can be as long as 6-8 inches and they have shaggy hair that varies in color. Other rat characteristics include:

  • Blunt nose
  • Small ears
  • Small eyes
  • Scaly tail


Rats will burrow tunnels and create nests underground. They can be found near food sources, such as barns and homes. If found in a residential area, they may be found burrowing in yards or along foundation of walls, or nesting within attics, crawl spaces, basements, or walls.

Rat Control Problems


Rats will enter homes in search of a food or water supply. They will seek out water in sinks, toilets, pet dishes, utility pipes, and rain puddles. As opportunist omnivorous eaters, rats will eat whatever they can find. Human activity supplies rats with some of their favorites, including grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts.


Rats in the home will create more damages and human health problems than any other vertebrate pest. Rats have caused plague epidemics (the 'Black Death' of Europe) and rat-bite fever. Rats are enemies of humankind, where they are feeding on stored grain or gnawing electric wires.

Rats are responsible for the spread of many diseases. Some diseases are transmitted indirectly, for example, when a flea bites an infected rat, then a person. Other more important diseases associated with rats include Rat-Bite Fever and Leptospirosis.

Rat Control


Critter Control of Westland technicians are trained and experienced in professional rat removal. Rats in homes will require specific rat removal methods to ensure no further damages occur. If you find rats in your home in Westland or the surrounding area, call Critter Control of Westland.

Damage Repairs and Prevention

Critter Control of Westland's rat control technicians are properly trained in removing rats, and ensuring they do not return! We will repair rat damages and keep rats from coming back into your home. Eliminating hiding places, installing exclusion techniques, and other habitat modifications may be used to prevent rat control problems in Westland.

Call Critter Control of Westland if you are dealing with a rat problem in Westland or the surrounding area. 734.237.8692

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