Rats are medium sized, long tailed rodents that can cause significant harm to your home and health. They can enter a building through a hole as small as ½ inch in diameter. Here is what you need to know about rat infestation, control, and prevention.
Aside from seeing a dead or live rat in plain sight in your home, there are several unique signs of a rat infestation. Common signs include:
Rats can cause damage to your home and to the health of you and your family.
Rats will gnaw on a variety of materials in the home, including wood, drywall, paper, cardboard, roofing materials, plastic, and insulation around pipes or in the walls. This, of course, can undermine the infrastructure of your home, and it can cause you thousands of dollars in structural damage. Even more dangerously, rats like to chew on electrical wiring to keep their teeth sharp. This can significantly disrupt the electrical system in your home or even result in a fire. Beyond this, rat burrows can actually undermine building foundations, and they may feast on the bulbs and seedlings on your property.
The health hazards that rats pose are also significant. They can contaminate your food, and their droppings can be a major source of allergens. They can also transmit numerous diseases, either through their bite or through inhalation of dust contaminated by their urine and feces. Rat transmitted diseases include:
To prevent rat infestation in your home, there are several measures that you can take. Be sure to seal up any and all potential entry points into your home. This includes holes in walls and flooring, cracks along windows and doors, and even small holes around utility lines. In addition, consider trimming the trees around your home to prevent rats from climbing onto your home’s exterior. It can also help to store foods in airtight containers and to keep all trash bin lids closed, making your home less inviting for rats.
Some homeowners attempt to control rat infestation by placing traps, but these traps usually do very little in the face of rat infestation. Rats are very wary of new objects placed in their path, and therefore they have a tendency to avoid traps altogether. If you suspect that there is already a rat infestation in your home, it is important to seek professional assistance as soon as possible. A pest control professional can effectively remove the infestation from the source and help prevent future rat infestations. Give us a call today if you need rat control services.