Rat feces and urine in your home can make you and your whole family extremely sick. It can pose significant health hazards due to the potential transmission of harmful pathogens. These animals 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 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.
Several factors contribute to rats infiltrating homes. Easy access to food and shelter in residential areas can attract these rodents. Unsecured food sources such as open trash cans, pet food, and even birdseed will attract rats and mice, not to mention larger wildlife such as raccoons and opossums. An overgrown yard with thick bushes and tree limbs hang over your home can provide hiding places and easy access to your roof.
Structural vulnerabilities such as gaps or cracks in buildings are easy entry points for rats. A rat only needs a hole the size of a quarter to squeeze through, while mice need a hole the size of a nickel. You can also tell if you have rats, mice or both by the size of their droppings. Rat droppings are shaped like a grain of rice but much larger, while mouse droppings are smaller and shaped like pellets.
If you have a tremendous amount of rat feces and urine in your insulation, sometimes the only way to get rid of the terrible smell with with an expensive 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 ongoing infestations.
During restorations, thorough cleaning and disinfection are essential to remove all traces of contamination. Damaged insulation and materials must be replaced, and entry points sealed to prevent further damage.
Recognizing signs of rats in your home is crucial for timely intervention. First, look for droppings which will look like small, dark pellets or thick dark grains of rice scattered near food sources or along walls. Chew marks on furniture, wires, and walls will also indicate the presence of rodents.
Rats and mice, just like humans, produce natural oils on their skin and hair. As they navigate their familiar routes, they 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 signs of rodent activity, call Apex Wildlife Control today!
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