Are you hearing noises in your home, 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 extremely strong incisors. They can chew or gnaw through hard materials, leaving larger and rougher chew marks compared to the smoother, smaller marks left by mice.
Rats also are more cautious animals and less likely to explore new environments. On the other hand, 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, usually the only way to get rid of the terrible odor is through a total attic restoration. Attic restorations can be costly. First, addressing an existing rat infestation involves thorough inspection, pest removal, and sanitization, which require specialized equipment, expertise, and labor. Second, the removal of contaminated insulation, often a primary target for rats, demands meticulous handling and disposal to prevent health hazards, further adding to the cost. Third, extensive damage repair, such as wiring or structural components chewed by rodents, requires skilled tradespeople and materials, escalating expenses. Lastly, preventative measures like sealing entry points and installing barriers add to the overall restoration cost. Attic restorations may seem expensive, but are essential for ensuring a safe, healthy, and pest-free living environment. Proactive measures and regular maintenance can help reduce these costs by preventing infestations in the first place.
Rat feces and urine in your home can make you and your entire family extremely sick. It also poses 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, 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.
Rat excreta can carry harmful pathogens, and specific precautions must be taken to protect your health. Wear disposable gloves, a mask, and safety goggles to minimize contact and inhalation risks. Isolate the affected area and seal it off to prevent the spread of contaminants to other parts of the house. Sprinkle the area with a disinfectant or a mixture of bleach and water. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes to kill bacteria and viruses. Then, carefully remove the waste with paper towels, avoiding stirring up dust. Place waste in plastic bags, seal and double-bag for disposal. Clean and disinfect the area again, including surrounding surfaces. After cleanup, remove and dispose of protective gear, wash hands thoroughly, and sanitize any tools used. Proper cleaning precautions are crucial in minimizing health risks associated with rat urine and feces. Professional assistance is strongly advised for extensive infestations. Give us a call — we are here to help clean up after those rats!
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