Rats are more than just mice on steroids. They have excellent balance, can climb very well and are very good swimmers. They also have extraordinary sense of hearing, taste, touch, and smell. Like mice they are commensal rodents. Unlike mice they usually nest in burrows in places close to ground level such as under sidewalks, low shrubbery, sheds and parking lots. They tend to live close to a steady food supply near dumpsters, barns or stables and trashcans and tend to enter a structure through its lower level. Left unchecked rats can contaminate food, cause fire damage by gnawing on electrical and communications wiring and spread serious diseases. Cities such as Fall River, Providence and Cranston have seen increased rat activity over the past few years and many of these municipal governments have implemented rodent abatement programs related to trash pick-up. Guardian Pest Control can also design a rat abatement program for your home or business. Call us today so these dirty rats may be quickly eliminated!