Rats are omnivores and will eat just about anything they can find. They are notorious for their strong stomachs and voracious appetites. They need a steady influx of energy and therefore eat constantly. They aren’t particular about what they consume, and their diets can vary widely.
In today’s world, rats do not need to find their food in the wild, and they prefer easy meals from human trash and dropped crumbs. Your home is an easy target for a rat infestation due to their wide-ranging diet, and if you don’t act fast, they could move in for the long haul.
Favorite Rat Foods
Rats do have certain foods they prefer, mostly foods found in nature – seeds, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. But they won’t hesitate to snack on any loose crumbs or food leftover from meals. Rats also enjoy insects such as moths and flies, easily found in household attics. They don’t typically eat wood or other building materials, but they do chew it up to help their teeth. Rats love milk, and they can go longer than a camel without drinking water.
How to Keep From Feeding Rats
You should seal any food you keep in storage in airtight plastic or glass containers. A rat can easily chew through any type of bag (such as Ziplocs), so don’t keep food or bulk items in paper or plastic bags. Clean up any kitchen mess, and be sure to wipe down all hard-to-reach areas, including beneath cabinets and behind the refrigerator.
Don’t allow food to be taken into popular rat hideouts, such as the attic or garage, and remember to wipe up any liquid spills that could provide nourishment. Don’t leave any food or water out overnight. Mop up water that may collect in your sinks, showers, and bathtubs. Keep your home free from mosquitoes and moths.
Call Critter Control of Jacksonville to come seal any entry points that rats can use to come inside your home; we can safe and humanely exclude any rats already in your Jacksonville home or office.