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This page will answer the questions: What are Rats? - What do Rats look like? - Do Rats Bite? – What are the signs of me having Rats? – How did I get Rats? – How can I Rid my house of Rats? – Rat Control Tips for your home.
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Norway Rats or Wharf Rats are quite common in the urban areas and around water. Rat Control is very important because their teeth are constantly growing so they need to gnaw to wear them down. Rodent Damage is common. Rob will Seal off ALL Openings into the home or business. Most Pest Control Companies don't do Rodent Proofing Work. They would rather sell you a Regular Service, thus receiving more money in the long term with less control.
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Cobra Pest Control offers “Rat Elimination” for much less than any other
“Rat Control Company” and gives a “One Year Rat Extermination Guarantee”. Rob will not try to sell you a long time service contract that you do not need.

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Since Cobra Pest Control is a local one man operation and Rob Sullivan with over 28 years of “Rat Extermination Experience” who does all the work himself, “Rat Control” is done right the first time at a much better price and “Rat Guarantee”. Cobra Pest Control has no managers, technicians or secretaries to pay or other expenses that the bigger companies pay. This cost saving is passed on to the customer.


"Very pleased with the information that was presented to us. 

The service was excellent. I was happy with the service provided by Mr Sullivan. "Very reliable, professional and affordable.” 

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“Rats were taking over my basement and gardens.

I live on the water by Greenwich Cove in East Greenwich, RI
The rats on the water have always been bad but this year was the worst. After losing one more tomato plant I started the unpleasant job of interviewing Exterminators. Let me tell you most i wouldn't trust with my health and well being. I finally got ahold of Robert Sullivan of Cobra Pest Control. He actually spent an hour on the phone with me answering my questions, spent and hour inspecting my property and answering more questions. The price was great, the service was great and the results were even better.

Thank you so much Robert!
Mrs. Jacklyn M. McMannEast Greenwich,RI 02818
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Rat Information
Biology and Behavior

What are Rats?

Rats are Large Rodents that resemble Mice. They have a pointed nose and a long mostly bald tail. There are two common Rats. The first being a Roof Rat, also named a Tree Rat or Black Rat. Scientific name Rattus Rattus. The second which is the most common here in Rhode Island is the Wharf Rat, also named Norway Rat or Water Rat. Scientific name Ratus Norvegicus.

What do Rats look like?

Rats look like a larger version of MiceNorway Rats range in color from brown to grey. They have a long narrow and inquisitive nose and a long baldish tail. They will burrow in the soil and sometimes enter structures in search of food. Rat Burrows will have a baseball size opening with a lot of excavated soil.

Do Rats bite?

Rats will Bite to defend themselves or if they are cornered. Rats have long teeth and bites can be quite painful. If the skin is broken it should be cleaned out thoroughly.

Can Rats cause Disease?

Rats can cause several Diseases such as Leptospirosis from Rat Urine and the Dust from FecesRat Bite Fever from bites and scratches. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis caused from saliva and urine. Rats are also carriers of Parasites like Fleas and Mites.

What are the signs of me having Rats?

Signs of a Rat Infestation are Rat Droppings 3/4” long with rounded ends. Water Rats make a chattering noise they make with their teeth. Footprints can be left in soil or dusty areas. Dirty black marks called Rub Marks which are dirt and oils left behind on surfaces and openings.

How did I get Rats?

Rats will enter a building in search of food and shelter. Rat Burrows are typically up against a solid surface like a wall. If there is an opening close they will find it and chew it larger if need be. If a Pregnant Rat ends up inside it can have Rodent Litter of over 10 offspring.

How can I rid my house of Rats?

Rats spend most of their time outside so you should find and Eliminate the Burrow. Be very careful with Rat Traps and Bait. You do not want to harm non target pests. Snap traps work well if you can place them safely by the entrance point they use either to your house or their burrow. Find and seal off the openings.

Rats Control Tips for your home

  • Seal of all opening along exterior perimeter 1/2” and larger.
  • Do not leave pet food outside at night.
  • Glue Traps are not a great option for Rats. They tend to get off with there long greasy hair and body.
  • Do not store bird seed or grass seed in the garage or shed.
  • Keep areas under the shed and similar areas sealed or screened.
  • Keep your yard clean as well as the trash cans with the lids on tight.
  • Talk to your neighbor and work together. Rats will travel back and forth from yard to yard.
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