Rats have innate instincts to gnaw and chew for various reasons. Chewing helps keep their teeth from overgrowing and aids in maintaining dental health. When rats encounter window screens, their natural urge to chew can quickly lead to damage.
Window screens are often made of materials that rats find appealing to chew on, such as mesh and fabric. Additionally, they may be attracted by scents from food particles or other materials on the screens. Rats are also skilled climbers. If window screens are damaged, they can serve as easy entry points for a curious rodent.
Making your home less inviting to rodents will help keep rats away. This requires some strategic actions. Seal all entry points, even the smallest cracks and gaps, to deny them access. Eliminate potential food sources by properly storing food in rodent-proof containers and promptly cleaning up spills. Keep your surroundings clean and clutter-free to discourage nesting. Trimming vegetation and branches near the house will eliminate climbing support for the rats.
Regularly inspect your home for any signs of rat activity and droppings. If you suspect you have rats, call Apex Wildlife Control. Our skilled technicians can make your home a rat-free zone in no time!
Rat-borne diseases pose significant dangers to you and your family due to their potential to cause widespread health issues. The speed of transmission is alarming as rats reproduce rapidly and spread throughout your home.
Hantavirus, a deadly disease, spreads through airborne particles from rat droppings dispersed through AC vents. This disease can cause severe respiratory distress. Leptospirosis, another concern, results from inhaling contaminated dust. This bacterial infection triggers flu-like symptoms and can be deadly for children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Also, like all wildlife, rodents carry ticks, fleas and mites.
Spotting a rat infestation in your home demands keen observation. Look for telltale signs like droppings in the corners of a room or on kitchen counters. Unexplained gnaw marks on furniture or wires could also indicate rodent presence. An unpleasant musty odor could indicate urine-soaked insulation. Once inside your home, rats multiply quickly. A female rat can give birth to over 1,500 rats in just one year. They are sexually mature within two months of age and can become pregnant within hours of giving birth. Rats are nocturnal and will venture out during the night to establish nests and pathways throughout your home. Ignoring early signs may lead to a full-blown rat infestation, requiring swift action to reclaim one’s space from these unwanted intruders.
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