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What Do Rats Do At Night As We Sleep?

If you know anything about rats, you’ll know these pests are mostly nocturnal. Rats rarely come out during the day, and prefer to stay under the safety and cover of night. If you have a rat infestation in your home, they only emerge once you’ve gone to bed and the coast is clear. This may mean you don’t know you need professional rat control until you have a full on infestation. But what exactly do rats do at night when you’re asleep?

Some of the key nocturnal activities of rats

Their primary activity is feeding. At night, rats may come down from where they are living in your attic or loft, and make a beeline for the kitchen. They attack any food that has been left out, and may also rummage through your cupboards.

rat at night

If you have dirty dishes in the sink, rats will also feed from those. As well as this, rats will go through your bins and eat any food scraps. If your kitchen is clean and food items secure, then rats may leave to find food elsewhere.

What do rats do at night also includes socialising. Like most animals, these pests are highly sociable. When no one’s around, they play, connect with their fellow rats, couple and vie for dominance. Rats communicate using high frequency calls which enable them to talk to each other, send out mating calls, and also locate each other.

What do rats do at night in other ways?

Other important rat nocturnal activities include scavenging for nest building materials and working on their nests. This usually involves gnawing on things they find in your home, such as wood, cardboard and other soft materials.

what do rats do at night

What do rats do at night that helps them survive in addition to the things we’ve already mentioned? Well, they may spend their time exploring. In order to survive, these pests may constantly stay on the move. They are always looking for a new place to hide, or a better source of food. To find these, rats spend a great deal of their time exploring the area around their nest.

One of the most important tasks for a rat is taking care of it’s young. Rats breed at a furious pace. This means they almost always have new born young to take care of. Rats need to find food for their offspring and protect them from predators.

You can help to prevent rats from entering your home by using rat drain flaps or sealing any gaps where they could get in. However, once they are in, you should call on expert assistance.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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