The small rodent is a juvenile Roof Rat.

Customer Rat Email: Hi David, I just saw a link to your website off of a Yahoo question board, and hoped you might be able to clarify something for me. This past summer, we discovered that we had a rat(s) running through our ground floor heating ducts. When we look through the vent grills in the floor, we see some rat feces down in the duct of about half of the grills. It seems we’ve gotten rid of the rat(s), but I’ve resisted cleaning up the feces that is visible through the vent grills until the absolute last possible opportunity. Translation: the need to turn on the heat. Now that the weather is cooler, we are reaching that point. Clearly, there is more feces throughout the ducts than we can see peering through the grills. From my phone calls to businesses around here, no one seems to know what to do with “rat feces”. You make reference to decontaminating and deodorizing with Bioshield. Are there companies that do that in Florida? Do you have any suggestions/recommendations for our situation? Thank you, Valerie

My Answer: Yes, rat feces can be cleaned out of the air ducts. That is something that I do, and that my friends that I've listed in other FL cities do. We vacuum the droppings out, and decontaminate the area.

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There are three kinds of rodents commonly found inside buildings (in the attics, walls, and even inside the living space). They are the Roof Rat (Rattus rattus), which is also called the Black Rat, then there's the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Brown Rat, and the House Mouse (Mus musculus). Roof Rats are more common in the south, such as Florida, where I work. The above photo is of a Roof Rat. They are very common inside attics. The Norway Rat is more common in the northern section of the United States. The Norways are more commonly found underground, in subways and sewers and such. The House Mouse is found everywhere, but seems more common in the north. All of these rodents thrive in urban areas and love to live in human buildings and houses. They use human garbage (and pantries) as sources of food. All of these rodents are carriers of several diseases that can infect humans and pets. They contaminate homes and attics. The only way to permanently solve a rat problem is to find out how the rodents are gaining access to the inside of the building, and fix those openings. Then the remaining rats inside have to be trapped and removed. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Rats page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as rats. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or rat control issues.

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