Rodents are very agile climbers and can effortlessly access ceilings through a number of routes. Rats can scale walls, trees, and utility lines to reach roof eaves or vents. From there, they search for any opening or gap, such as damaged roofing or loose tiles, to slip into the attic or ceiling spaces. Once inside your home, the rats create nests for their young, using insulation materials. With a secure nursery established, they begin to explore your home in search of food sources. The nocturnal habits and quiet movements of rodents make them elusive. Often, homeowners are unaware of their presence until scratching noises or droppings become noticeable.
Rat feces contains harmful pathogens that, when airborne or through direct contact, can lead to serious health risks. When dried rat droppings are disturbed, particles become airborne, increasing the risk of inhalation and transmission. These pathogens can lead to severe respiratory problems, fever and gastrointestinal issues upon contact or ingestion.
When rats inhabit ceilings, their feces and urine contaminate insulation and building materials, creating a hazardous environment. Allergens present in rat droppings can also trigger allergic reactions and exacerbate asthma symptoms. Sometimes a full attic restoration and ceiling replacement is the only way to get rid of the bacteria and terrible smells.
Rats in your ceiling pose a serious fire hazard due to their gnawing behavior. Rats have an instinctive need to chew to control the length of their teeth. Electrical wires often become their primary target. Rodents are drawn to dark, secluded spaces, making ceilings an ideal nesting spot. Gnawed wires become exposed, leading to short circuits, sparks, and electrical malfunctions. Frayed insulation and bare wires increase the risk of heat buildup and fires. As rats build nests using flammable materials, these nests can also become ignition sources. Regular inspections and prompt action are vital when it comes to protecting your home. Chewed wires are a leading cause of house fires. This is the first thing our technicians look for during a home inspection.
Ignoring early signs of rats in your home can lead to an overwhelming rat infestation. Drawn to your home by easily accessible resources, such as food scraps or unsealed garbage, a single curious rodent will venture in through any small gap or opening. Once inside, the rat wanders around spreading scent markings, attracting other rodents to follow.
A female rat can give birth to over 1,500 rats in just one year. The females are sexually mature within 8 weeks and can become pregnant within hours of giving birth. This rapid reproduction quickly establishes a growing colony of rats, exploring every nook and cranny of your home. If you think you have rats in your home, give Apex Wildlife Control a call today and we will remove these unwanted intruders for you!
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