What are rats?

There are two rat species commonly found in Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and throughout Wisconsin that are of particular concern as pests, Norway rats and roof rats. Both species are considered commensal rodents, meaning they share the table with humans and are the only ones benefiting from the relationship.

  • Norway rats are usually 7-9 inches in length and have course shaggy brown hair.  They have blunt noses and a 6-8 inch long tail.  Droppings have blunt ends, are capsule shaped and measure 3/4 inch in length.
  • Roof rats measure 6-8 inches in length and have smooth brown fur.  They have pointed noses and a 7-10 inch tail.  Droppings are 1/2 inch with pointed ends.  Unlike Norway rats, their burrowing counterparts, roof rats prefer to nest in the upper parts of structures.

Some of the tell-tale signs these rodents are present include: gnaw marks, droppings, tracks, burrows and rub or grease marks along walls or baseboards.

Are they dangerous?

Rats gnaw objects, eat stored food and transmit disease through their droppings and urine, bites and the fleas and mites in their fur.

How do you get rid of rats?

Rats may be difficult to control because of their shy nature and their ability to move fast, which is why our rat control service includes the necessary products and techniques to eliminate your rat infestation.

Can I do it myself?

Due to the complexity of treatment and the time required, rats are generally not a pest many people have success in eradicating without the help of a pest control professional.  Beware when purchasing pesticides and other products online as many are not effective.  Pesticides can be more harmful to people and pets than they are to the pest if they are misused or mixed improperly.

How soon can you get here?

Wil-Kil is 100% committed to helping you in the quickest time possible.  In most cases, we can respond the same or very next dayContact us today to schedule your inspection.

Is the treatment safe?

Wil-Kil uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving the problem.  We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment whenever possible.  When conventional materials are required, we follow very strict guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Pest problems can be difficult to prevent.  Many of our clients choose year round continued service to keep pests out of their home.

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