The first indication that you may have unwanted “guests” in your house are various types of sounds. Noises of scratching, gnawing or something running around may awaken you in the middle of the night. If you hear these sounds, you probably have a rat infestation.
Rats are nocturnal animals. You may spot a roof rat running across your roof during the day, but you will primarily hear activity during the night. Rodents prefer dark, secluded places to hide. Attics and basements provide the perfect nesting choice for rats. Rats live in colonies. However, as the population increases and there are too many rats in an area, they will fight each other to the death. Rats have even been known to eat another dead rat!
Two main items attract rodents into your home — food and shelter. Rats are opportunistic and will search out the smallest entry point to get into your home. Rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter!
Roof rats can climb up a downspout or drop from a tree branch onto your roof. Water-softened rotted wood in a soffit or open gable vents offer easy access into your home.
Rats can also enter your house through cracks and holes in the exterior. Unsealed plumbing or HVAC pipes, dryer vents and garage doors are often targeted.
Rodents like rats and mice can cause significant damage to your home. Their incisors grow continuously, so they are constantly chewing or gnawing on something. They will chew and gnaw on just about anything that is useful in building a nest. Chewed insulation around electrical wires is a known cause of attic fires. It is one of the first things our technicians look for during inspections.
Rats also cause structural damage to homes through gnawing, nest-building and defecation. Rodent infestations will quickly ruin attic insulation with urine and feces to the point where the only way to get rid of the terrible smell is an expensive attic restoration. Don’t let this happen to you! If you suspect that you have rats in your attic, call Apex Wildlife Control at 901-598-8555. Let us get rid of those rats for you!
We often get the question: How do I know if I have a rat infestation in my home? You might first notice rodent droppings or smell a foul odor. Sounds of scratching or scampering may wake you during the night. Of course, chew marks are a dead giveaway.
Did you know that just two rats can create over 1,500 rats in one year? And that is just the first generation! A rodent infestation will easily turn into an expensive ordeal if not handled promptly. Even worse, your family’s health will be put at risk by exposing them to a variety of contagious diseases. Proper sanitation and maintenance of your home will go a long way in preventing rat infestations.
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