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What do rats like to eat and drink?

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Rats like to eat all kinds of citrus fruit. They don’t particularly care about what kind. They like it for the moisture content. For this reason, rats are a particular nuisance to the many homes and communities with citrus trees that grow so prevalently throughout Orlando and Central Florida.Types of fruits preferred by Orlando rats:

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Grapefruits
  • Oranges
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerines
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Walnuts, almonds and pecans
  • Rats will eat rotten and green or unripe fruit

Rats will also eat just about anything you feed household pets like cats, dogs or birds. So if you feed your animals outside, or store their food in a garage, shed, porch or another easily accessible area of your home, rats can get into bird seed, dog food, cat food and grains.

Rats will also eat:

  • Garden vegetables you grow outside
  • Lizards and Insects
  • Soap
  • Paper
  • Beeswax and candle wax

Rats are attracted to water sources. They will chew through building materials to get to water. So make sure to fix potentially leaky outside and inside water sources including:

  • Faucets
  • Sprinkler heads, irrigation boxes and irrigation lines
  • Bird baths
  • Water fountains and Ornamental ponds
  • Irrigation lines
  • A/C condensation drip lines
  • Pet water dishes

Critter Control® of Orlando knows all the signs of a rat infestation in Orlando and can help you find the potential food and water sources that may attract rats to your Orlando home.

We can clean up the areas that attract rats and make sure they don’t come back, even fixing damage done to your home while entering. Call us today at 407.295.7194 to help rid your home of rats.


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