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New York is famous for its pizza, Broadway shows, magic night life and great deal of history. It is also a wonderful city where a large amount of giant rats call home. For a long time, the exact number of rats in New York was unknown; a common urban legend was that there were up to four times as many rats as people living in the city limits. The brown rat is the most common rat that is prominent in New York. This rat ranges from sixteen to twenty inches long weighing up to two pounds.

New York is an Ideal Environment for Rats

New York creates a thriving environment for rats. With sewer pipes, subways and food on almost every corner, rats have all they need to survive and grow in population. Not only are these rats enormous in number, and continuing to grow in size, but they are also extremely destructive. New York rats are able to chew through pipes and cinder block, allowing them access into homes and at the same time causing a great deal in repair expenses. Rats birth about a dozen pups at a time, and new born rats can begin to mate at the age of two or three months old. The life span of these rats is usually about a year, however some rats are more clever than others and outlive this amount of time while continuing to grow to disturbing sizes.

Rat Diseases & Illnesses

Worse than the damage they create and the chills the sight of one may send up your neck is the real danger that they bring with them. New York rats carry pathogens that can be the cause of serious illness like diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. These symptoms can range from mild to extremely severe. The pathogens New York rats carry contain the bacteria that causes food poisoning, Salmonella and E. Coli virus. Rat bite fever is another serious illness that can befall humans that come into contact with a New York City rat.

Common Signs of Rats

Keeping rats out of your New York home can be difficult with the presence they are known for throughout the city. Common signs that rats may be in your home is a scurrying noise of rats crawling around in attics or other crawl spaces, rat feces left on the floor, chew marks on base boards or walls and a foul smell. If you suspect your home is being invaded by rats, contact Rest Easy Pest Control immediately to protect you and your family from the dangers that rats carry.