The presence of rat feces and urine in your home can make you and your family extremely sick. It can pose significant health hazards due to the 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, resulting in 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 which can lead to hospitalization or even death for young children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems.
How do I know if I have rats or mice? One way to tell rats from mice is by their size. Rats are much larger and longer. Rat feces also offers another clue. Rat droppings are larger and thicker, roughly the size of a raisin, while mouse droppings are smaller and resemble rice grains.
Look for gnaw marks: Rats have stronger teeth and can gnaw through harder materials, leaving large, rough chew marks compared to the smooth, small marks left by mice.
Rodent behavioral signs differ as well. Rats are more cautious and less likely to explore into new environments, whereas mice tend to be more curious and adventurous. If you spot live rodents, observe their movements. Rats move with a more deliberate gait, while mice are quick and agile.
observing signs of rats in your home is crucial for timely intervention. First, look for droppings that look like small, dark pellets or thick dark grains of rice scattered near food sources or along the edge of walls. Chew marks on furniture, wires, and walls will also indicate the presence of rodents.
Similar to humans, rats and mice produce natural oils on their skin and hair. As they navigate familiar routes, they deposit oils and dirt from their fur along the walls and baseboards called sebum. Sebum marks look like grease marks and indicate a highly trafficked rodent pathway. Also, listen for scratching or scurrying sounds in your walls, ceiling or attic, especially at night when rats are most active. If you see signs of rodent activity, call Apex Wildlife Control today!
The reproductive ability of rats is astonishing as they multiply at an alarming rate. A female rat can become sexually mature as early as five weeks old and can produce litters every 21 to 28 days, with an average of 7 to 8 pups per litter. In just a year, one pair of rats can create over 1,500 rats. And this doesn’t even count the following generations these litters produce!
With optimal conditions and abundant resources, rat populations will explode exponentially. Swift and effective action is crucial if you are dealing with a rat infestation. The rapid reproduction of rodents can turn into an overwhelming problem for homeowners.
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