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Rats are everywhere in our area. Look down to the tracks the next time you’re waiting for the subway, and there’s a halfway decent chance you’ll see at least one, and probably more like three or four. They are as ubiquitous to the five boroughs as the Statue of Liberty, and their cousin the mouse patrols wide swaths of land out on Long Island.

We don’t have to tell you that these rats are as gross as they are numerous. But have you ever stopped to think about why, exactly, wild rats are so gross? Remember, not ALL rats are disgusting. Science uses them for all kinds of things, and many people swear by rats and mice as pets. So what gives?

Simply put: rodents in the wild become indiscriminate scavengers.

Down towards the bottom end of virtually every food chain, rats and mice have to do whatever is necessary to survive. In a city like ours, that makes for lots of time spent in drainpipes and sewer systems, eating out of dumpsters and drinking septic water. And then once it’s done doing all of these things, it will walk on your silverware and dishes and spread germs throughout your home.

Not because the rats have anything against you, keep in mind, but because that’s what they do. Only if you corner one, for instance, will a rat bite a human. They barely even notice you! What they’re doing is living, and what you’ve done is opened up the warmth and comfort of your home to them. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve allowed these rodents to come take a break from the harsh realities out in the wild.

So if you see one rat or mouse in your home, assume there are plenty more behind it. That that if one found its way in, more will follow. When dealing with mice or rats in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, call Rest Easy Pest Control. It’s our job to know exactly what to look for when it comes to finding rodents, taking care of them, and making sure, most importantly, that they don’t come back.