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10 Rat Myths

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Although the more squeamish among us would probably argue that seeing a rat at any time -- night or day -- is bad in a big way, it's a myth that seeing a rat during the day is the sign of an especially serious infestation. Rats are generally nocturnal, but they only sleep in short bursts and are more easily spotted while foraging during daylight hours.

Their most active times of the day are the 30 minutes prior to sunrise and the 30 minutes following sunset, but they may move about at any time -- especially if the humans in a particular building are more active at night. Rats may also scurry around during daylight hours if safe passage is established, or they may risk daytime excursions if more dominant rats force them to -- although this last one could be a definite indication that extermination efforts need to begin pronto.

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