Orange County Rodent Control

Rats as invasive species

When introduced into locations where rats previously did not exist they can cause a huge amount of environmental degradation, Rattus rattus the black rat, (Roof Rat ) is considered to be one of the world’s worst invasive species. Also known as the ship rat, it has been carried world-wide as a stowaway on sea-going vessels for millennia and has usually accompanied men to any new area visited or settled by human beings by sea. The similar but more aggressive species Rattus norvegicus the brown rat or wharf rat, (Norway Rat) has also been carried world wide by ships in recent centuries.


True rats are omnivorous and capable of eating a wide range of plant and animal foods. True rats have a very high birth rate. When introduced to a new area, they quickly reproduce to take advantage of the new food supply.

Rats have long been considered deadly pests. Once considered a modern myth, the rat in India has now been verified. Indeed every fifty years, armies of bamboo rats descend upon rural areas and devour everything in their path. Rats have long been held up as the chief villain in the spread of the BUBONIC PLAGUE, however recent studies show that they alone could not account for the rapid spread of the disease through Europe in the Middle Ages. Still, THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL DOES LIST NEARLY A DOZEN DISEASES DIRECTLY LINKED TO RATS. Most urban areas battle rat infestations. Multi-family residences, single dwellings and commercial businesses must use a specially trained and licensed exterminator. Here at Sunny Coast Termite and Pest Control, we can help you, to get rid of those rats or mice by calling us at 714-362-4804. Places to look for rat infestations are around pipes, droppings (fecal matter) in attic and sub-area, garage, behind walls and near garbage cans. Effective rat control requires that home owners follow the instructions given by the licensed technician from Sunny Coast Termite and Pest Control.


Rats have a keen sense of smell. Rats can serve as zoonotic (transmition of infection or disease) vectors for certain pathogens and thus cause disease, such as LASSA FEVER, LEPTOSPIROSIS AND HANTAVIRUS INFECTION.


Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. “True rats” are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, or Roof Rat and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus or Norway Rat. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also referred to as rats, and share many characteristics with true rats. ONE RAT CAN PRODUCE ONE GALLON OF URINE A YEAR.