Rat feces and urine in your home can make you and your entire family extremely sick. These contaminants pose significant health hazards due to potential transmission of harmful pathogens. Rats 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 their droppings, can lead to serious respiratory problems. Inhalation or direct contact with rat feces or urine can create severe health problems, leading to hospitalization or even death for young children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems.
Two main items attract rodents into your home — food and shelter. Rats are opportunistic and will search out the smallest entry point to get into your home. Did you know that rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter?
Roof rats can climb up a downspout or drop from a tree branch onto your roof. Water-softened rotted wood in a soffit or open gable vents offer rats easy access into your home.
Rats will also enter your house through cracks and holes in the exterior. Unsealed plumbing or HVAC pipes, dryer vents and garage doors are often targeted.
Rodents can cause significant damage to your home. Their incisors grow continuously, so they are constantly chewing or gnawing on something. They will chew and gnaw on just about anything that is useful in building a nest. One of their favorite targets is the insulation around your electrical wires. Chewed insulation on wires is a known cause of attic fires. It is one of the first things our technicians look for during our inspection.
Rats also cause structural damage to your home through gnawing, nest-building and defecation. Rodent infestations will quickly ruin attic insulation with urine and feces to the point where the only way to get rid of the terrible odor is an expensive attic restoration. Don’t let this happen to you! If you suspect that you have rats in your attic, call Apex Wildlife Control at 901-598-8555. Let us get rid of those rats for you!
We often get the question: “How do I know if I have a rat infestation in my home?”
You might first notice rodent droppings or smell a pungent musty foul odor. Sounds of scratching or scampering may wake you during the night. Of course, chew marks are a dead giveaway.
Did you know that just two rats can create over 1,500 rats in one year? And that is just the first generation! A rodent infestation will easily turn into an expensive ordeal if not handled promptly. Even worse, your family’s health will be put at risk by exposing them to a variety of contagious diseases. Proper sanitation and maintenance of your home goes a long way in preventing rat infestations.
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Collierville TN for squirrels, raccoons, moles,
skunks, opossums, voles, armadillos and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
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