Tis the season…
Thinking football, Halloween or turkey day?
You ain’t heard nothin’ yet. News out today that this is RAT season.
Wait. What? Rats have a season?
Yup and apparently this is it.
Rats. Eke. Yuck. Ugh.
Skin crawling news from those fun-loving guys at Orkin Pest Control:
“Fall is a prime time for commensal rodents to actively seek food, water and shelter when temperatures drop and before the winter weather arrives. Each fall, rats and mice invade an estimated 21 million American homes. It only takes a hole the size of a quarter for a rat to squeeze inside, and a hole the size of a dime for mice.”
The word commensal is used to describe rodents that are generally found living in close associations with humans and very often dependent upon human habitat for the essential elements of food, water, shelter and space. The rodent species are the house mouse (Mus musculus), Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) and roof rats (Rattus rattus). None of these three species are native to the United States; they are Old World species and were brought to this country on European ships in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Thank you SO much Europe! And the rat-infested hits just keep on comin’, some cities including mine have more than their fair share of the disgusting critters. Here’s a list of cities where the rats are most prevalent:
Oh and BTW: if you are headed to the kitchen for a snack STOP!
Rodents eat between 15 and 20 times a day, so nearly 40 percent of homeowners saw rodents for the first time in kitchens.
God, I really hate this story and have already creeped myself out researching it. I’ve discovered that apparently one out of three Americans has already seen a rat in their home.
I’m not one of them, and if I do you can bet your a$$ I’ll be moving!