Rats will leave 500,000 or more body hairs each year, over 12,000 droppings, and one female rat can produce over 200 offspring in its short lifespan.
Each year, rodents cause more than one billion dollars in damage in the United States alone, thus the reason for rat pest control in Atlanta.
A rat can drop down 50 feet without injury. What's more fascinating is that rats have a 36 inch vertical jump and a 48 inch horizontal jump height, making it is easy for them to access your home.
Rats can also scale rough vertical surfaces and walk along thin ropes and wires. Roof rats are agile climbers and can shimmy the outside of three inch diameter pipes or any size pipe within three inches of a wall. Rats are capable of climbing the inside of vertical pipes that are 1 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter
Unlike the teeth of other mammals, the front incisors of rodents never stop growing. In fact, continuously growing front teeth is a trait shared by all rodents from the tiniest mouse to the largest beaver. By observing captive mice and rats who have nothing to gnaw upon, it's been found that these incisors can grow up to five inches per year. Rats constantly gnaw anything softer than their teeth, including lead sheeting, improperly cured concrete, sun dried adobe brick, cinder block, wood and aluminum sheeting.
In terms of hardness, a rat's teeth are stronger than aluminum, copper, lead, and iron. They are comparable to steel.