Rat feces and urine in your home can make you and your whole family extremely sick. It also poses significant health hazards due to the potential transmission of harmful pathogens. Rats can carry bacteria such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli, leading to gastrointestinal infections and severe food poisoning if ingested or if contaminated surfaces are touched. Rats are also carriers of Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that spreads through urine-contaminated areas, causing high fever and organ damage. Hantavirus, found in dried rat feces, can lead to serious respiratory problems. Direct contact with rat feces or urine can create severe health problems. Inhalation of airborne particles can lead to hospitalization or even death for young children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems.
Hearing noises but not sure what kind of rodent is making them? Here are some ways to tell.
Droppings: Rat feces are larger and thicker, roughly the size of a raisin, while mouse feces are smaller pellets.
Chew marks: Rats have strong incisors and can chew or gnaw through hard materials, leaving larger and rougher chew marks compared to the smoother, smaller marks left by mice.
Also, rats are more cautious animals and less likely to explore new environments, whereas mice tend to be more curious and adventurous. You usually will see mice first.
If you have a tremendous accumulation of rat feces and urine in your attic insulation, sometimes the only way to get rid of the terrible smell is through a complete attic restoration. Attic restorations due to rat feces and urine are critical for health and safety. Rats leave behind feces and urine laden with hazardous pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. These contaminants can cause severe respiratory issues and diseases like Hantavirus and Leptospirosis. Rat feces also attracts other pests, leading to continuing infestations.
Rats will also chew on electrical wires, which is a leading cause of house fires in the United States. If you think you have rats, please call an electrician to check your wiring.
Recognizing signs of rodents in your home is crucial for timely intervention. Besides feces and urine contamination, finding chew marks on furniture, wires, and walls will also indicate the presence of rodents. You may also see chew marks on the soffits, roof line near the gutter, and outer walls of your home.
Just like humans, rats produce natural oils on their skin and hair. As they navigate along their familiar routes, rats deposit oils and dirt from their fur along walls and baseboards called sebum. Sebum marks look like grease marks and indicate a highly trafficked rodent runway. Also, listen for scratching or scurrying sounds in your walls, ceiling or attic, especially at night when rats are active. If you see or hear signs of rodent activity, call Apex Wildlife Control today!
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