Are you hearing strange noises in your home, but not sure what kind of rodent is making them? Here are a few ways to tell.
Droppings: Rat feces are larger and thicker, capsule-size and 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. They are less likely to explore new environments. On the other hand, mice tend to be more curious and adventurous. You are more likely to spot mice first.
Rat feces and urine in your home can make you and your entire family extremely sick. The droppings 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, causing high fever and organ damage. Hantavirus, found in dried rat feces, can lead to serious respiratory problems if airborne. 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.
If there is 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. Urine-soaked nesting sites will filter through the insulation and create unsightly, smelly stains on the ceilings below. The removal of soiled insulation, often a primary target for rats, demands meticulous handling and disposal to prevent health hazards, further adding to the cost. Extensive damage repair, such as wiring or structural components chewed by rodents, requires skilled tradespeople and materials, escalating expenses. Replacing insulation and repairing ceiling damage may seem expensive, but are essential for ensuring a safe, healthy, living environment. Proactive measures and regular maintenance can help reduce these costs by preventing infestations in the first place.
How do you know if you have a rat infestation in your home? You might first notice rodent droppings on the kitchen counter or in the corner of a pantry. A pungent musty foul odor is often noticeable. Sounds of scratching or scampering may wake you during the night. Of course, chew marks are a dead giveaway.
Did you know that a female rat can give birth to over 1,500 rats in one year? And that is just the first generation, not counting her “grandrats”. A rodent infestation will easily turn into an expensive ordeal if not handled promptly. Even worse, rat feces and urine will put your family’s health at risk by exposing them to a variety of contagious diseases.
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