Do you often hear unusual types of sounds within your home? I’m not talking about the usual noises from kids playing or pets running through the house. These are different sounds often described as scratching, gnawing, squeaking … and even fighting sounds. If you hear these different noises, you most likely have a rodent infestation.
Rats are nocturnal. You may see them running across your roof during the day. However, in your house, you will primarily hear them at night, especially in the attic. Rodents prefer dark, out-of-the-way places to hide. Your attic is extremely hot during daylight hours in the summer, but cools down enough at night for the rats to become active.
The smallest entry point is an “open door” for wildlife, especially rodents. Long and lean, roof rats can squeeze through an opening the size of a quarter! Roof rats are named for their ability to get into your attic through the construction gap — the open area between your shingles and the wall of your home.
Rodents are opportunistic animals and will seek out other entry areas around your home. Any unsealed plumbing or air conditioning pipes, dryer vents, soffits, garage doors, and gable vents offer an opportunity. Any rotted wood on your home is also inviting. Rodents will quickly chew an opening.
All rodents have incisors — a pair of upper and a pair of lower teeth. Incisors don’t have roots and they never stop growing! In order to keep these teeth from growing into their flesh, rodents must constantly chew to keep them filed down. Insulation around electrical wires seems to be one of their favorite items to gnaw on.
Rodents prefer to create nests in the soft insulation in your attic. Sparks from chewed wiring could easily fall on dry nesting materials. Damaged electrical wiring is THE most common cause of attic fires. The presence of rats is a source of danger because chewed wiring is vulnerable to sparks.
Chewed attic wiring is one of the first things our technicians look for when performing an inspection of your home.
Did you know that a female rat can become pregnant again just days after giving birth? As a result, a female rat can give birth to over 1500 rats in just one year. And that’s not counting her “grandrats”. Females are sexually mature at less than two months old.
t’s no wonder that just a few rats can quickly grow into an infestation. Rodent infestations are a very real issue. They produce large numbers of offspring on the basis that at least some will survive long enough to produce their own litters. You may not notice them at first because rats prefer to hide in dark, secluded areas of your home. It’s when the excess rats have to find food and shelter that they migrate to other parts of your house.
So if you have rats in your home, give Apex Wildlife Control a call today. We are here to help with your rat problem!
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Germantown TN for squirrels, raccoons, moles,
skunks, opossums, voles, armadillos and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
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