Norway rats eat a wide variety of foods but mostly prefer cereal grains, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits.
When Norway rats invade building, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor. They also live in fields, farms, woodpiles and building. Their nests are usually lined with shredded paper or cloths. These rats are known for the damage the cause by chewing on materials, urinating on the food and eating stored foods, they have also been known to crew on wires, which can cause fires to start. They also carry disease and ectoparasites. Rats will also attack both animals and humans. Human babies and even adults have been killed in rat attacks.
Roof Rats are excellent climber and get their name because they usually live high off the ground, like on the roof of a building. They have very poor vision and are color blind, but they have extremely strong sense of hearing, smell, touch and test. Rats have four to six litters year and each litter has 6 to 12 babies in it.
These rats are only pregnant for about 21 to 23 days and they can start reproducing when they are three months old. Roof Rats prefer eating fruits, berries, vegetables, cereal, pet foods, nuts, grain, slugs, snails and rotten food.
Roof Rats are excellent climber and they usually live in spaces on the tops of building, on roofs or in attics, They also live in sheds, garages, boxes, ceilings, under floors, in wood heaps and in thick grass.
Roof rats cause damage to structures by chewing, eating stored food and carrying diseases, such as Hantavirus. They are most famous for spreading the highly contagious bubonic plague in the middle ages. Rats will also attack both animals and humans. Human babies and even adults have killed in rat attacks.
Rats & Mice
An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter. Rats can live for up to 18 months, but most die before they are one year old. They have strong teeth that allow them to chew through glass, cinderblock, wire, aluminum and lead. Smell, taste, touch and sound help direct them to their food sources.
Rats are also responsible for spreading Bubonic Plague, also known as the "Black Death". Although fleas are primarily responsible for infecting humans, they were originally infected with the plague by feeding on the blood of rats..
There are about 3,000 species of cockroaches in the world and about 50 occur in the United States. Of these 50 species, the three most common in the Northeast are the German cockroach, the American cockroach and the brownbanded cockroach.