Skip to Content
Go-Forth Pest Control is now Go-Forth Home Services!
Cotton Rats
Schedule Online Get started with Go-Forth Pest Control today!

Cotton Rats


The cotton rat looks like a cross between a rat and a hedgehog. It is easily identified as a common rodent, but it may not be classified at first as a rat, due to its less than rat-like appearance. It has a dense fur that is flecked with dark brown and black.

Cotton rats are usually pudgy, like a hamster or guinea pig, and have two sets of short, stubby feet and hands which help it move and be able to build a shelter for protection from many predators. These rodents can be found living in gardens and even in the home on occasion. They have two very small ears, which may be hidden by their fur; their front legs are shorter than the back.

Cotton rats have large, black eyes, and they can appear in a variety of colors including gray, brown or black. Their tails are almost always a fleshy pink or pale gray. They have a short, neat face, which is reminiscent of many common rats and an even neater, shorter neckline.

Cotton rats


Cotton rats have many habitats in which they thrive. They are known domestically throughout Canada, America, and Mexico. Their population numbers generally localize in any one area but are dotted throughout these and neighboring countries. In America, they are known to plague rice fields in Texas or across the plains of Kansas and have been found in both the northern and southern states.

Cotton rats in North Carolina occasionally eat insects but predominantly live on green plants, and as such, they are considered an agricultural pest. They have a wide range of predators and often seek shelter to protect them from birds of prey and larger mammals. They are intuitive and may use man-made materials as shelter or build their own from locally gathered materials. Their cover requirements are an essential part of their habitat.

Elimination Or Control

To discourage cotton rats, preventative rodent control measures include basic maintenance of buildings and gardens to ensure a less than desirable habitat. The grass should be kept low and fences and supporting structures to crawl spaces should be closed off correctly.

Bait Stations

These are often recommended when dealing with Cotton rats. They are similar to mouse traps, which may also be used, and lure in the rodent with something edible, trapping them or contaminating them with a pesticide that kills them. These require regular maintenance and attention to detail when working with hazardous materials.


Always use protective gloves when handling rats. Even though the cotton rat is a particularly clean breed, there is always a risk it may have come into contact with other rats or less than desirable creatures or diseases.


No matter which pest you are fighting; feces are usually always a problem. This is especially important where large populations can create quite a mess. Hire a professional if you don’t want to handle this yourself, and always use correct protective clothing/products for sanitation purposes.

Customer Reviews

    “Garrett was professional and helpful.”
    “He spent time educating us about "pests" and provided information regarding services with GoForth.”
    - Joyce C.
    “This was my first experience with this co. They were very easy to get along with.”
    “Texted me before coming. Worked with me playing musical rooms with my dogs. I'll see how things are.”
    - Constance E.
    “They continue to come out and apply when Rain is in the forecast.”
    “I am disappointed with the reluctance to schedule weather dependent on rain”
    - Rick H.
    “The tech was good, but you have to give them a credit card they keep on file and do auto pay.”
    “Watch the billing dates in regards to your first service, or you could have the first charge at time of service and the first bill close together.”
    - Melissa M.
    “Highly recommend Go-Forth!”
    “Answered all my questions and I felt their pricing was very reasonable.”
    - Deborah J.
    “Called GoForth for a rodent problem and received same-day service!”
    “Brian went above and beyond what was expected, and I hope I get him again as my technician for future services!”
    - Tam L.
    “Very pleased with my experience with Go-Forth so far.”
    “He was thorough with inspecting and treating our home, which I really appreciate, and he took the time to answer my many questions.”
    - Jasmine B.
    “Looking forward to working with Go Forth!”
    “Love the detailed summary and pics of what he did and saw! And did I mention how wonderful Olivia was to get us all set up?!!”
    - Beechy A.

Why Choose Go-Forth Home Services?

  • The Best & Highest Reviews
    BBB A+ Rated and 4.8 or higher on Google and Facebook for the highest rated local company in the Triad.
  • Seven North Carolina Technicians of the Year
    Home of the 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016 statewide technicians of the year.
  • A+ Rating with Better Business Bureau
    BBB Accredited since 1973 for 48 years of continuous accreditation.
  • Serving North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia
    With six locations and dozens of technicians in the field every day, we service areas of North & South Carolina and Virginia.
  • Residential & Commercial Service
    Residential and commercial clients in Greensboro, NC and beyond can attest - Go-Forth provides only the very best in home services.
  • 4.9 Star Google Review Rating Across Three States
    Go-Forth Home Services is proud to have thousands of Google reviews with an average rating of 4.9 stars!

Contact Go-Forth Home Services

Request Your Free Quote
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please lookup your address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy