We often get a call: “How do I know if I have rats in my house?” Look for telltale signs like gnawing marks on wires, furniture or food packaging. Scratching and movement noises in the middle of the night could indicate rodent activity. Cluttered environments like attics offer secluded hiding spots and nesting opportunities.
Droppings on kitchen counters and in cabinets or food pantries are an indication of rats in your home. Rats enter homes seeking shelter and warmth from the elements, particularly in Winter. The presence of rats in your attic requires swift intervention. Structural gaps or openings provide easy entry. Prompt action safeguards your property and prevents health hazards associated with rat infestations.
Rats are opportunists. Seeking shelter and warmth, rodents silently searching for various entry points into your home. Structural gaps or openings in walls, doors or windows provide easy access. A rat can slip through an opening as small as a quarter!
Damaged vents, pipes and utility lines offer enticing entry points. Exceptional climbing and squeezing abilities aid their entry. Weak spots on the roof, such as rotted soffits or construction gaps, offer easy access inside your home. Vegetation near the house or against outer walls can act as a bridge.
Food remnants, often overlooked, provide a reason to stay. Unsecured trash cans and overgrown yards will also attract rodents.
Rats cause substantial damage in a home because they have a compelling need to incessantly chew! Their incisors grow constantly. Gnawing controls their length, preventing overgrown incisors from hindering the rat’s ability to eat. Structural damage results from their constant chewing, undermining a home’s integrity.
Rats gnaw on electrical wires, increasing fire risks. Contaminated food and utensils cause health hazards due to rat droppings and urine. Also, the presence of rats in a home will attract predators.
Rats also transmit diseases like Hantavirus and Salmonella, endangering your family’s health and well-being. Timely intervention is crucial.
Rats are prolific breeders! One pair of rats can create over 1,500 rats in just one year — and that’s only the first generation! A female rat can become pregnant again just days after giving birth, quickly contributing to a rat infestation.
Their rapid reproduction and gnawing habits cause property damage and elevate fire risks by chewing on wires. As a result, addressing rat infestations promptly is crucial. Preventing rat infestations means sealing entry points, eliminating clutter, and maintaining a clean living space.
Rats prefer dark, secluded areas to hide. You often won’t notice them until the excess rats have to find food and shelter. Eventually they migrate to other parts of your home … and suddenly you have a huge rat infestation.
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