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 wake you in the middle of the night. Chewed wires, fabrics, or nesting materials could be found around the area indicating the presence of rats. Foul odors from their feces and urine might become noticeable. Insulation damage, with shredded or displaced sections, indicates rat activity.
Regular inspection of insulation, especially in attics or crawl spaces, helps in early identification. Rats will tunnel through insulation to build warm nests for their young. Also check for gnaw marks on wood. Couple this with telltale droppings and pellets, and you have visible proof of unwanted visitors in your home.
People often ask, “How did rats get in my house?” 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 house. 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. Drain pipes and sewer connections also provide routes. Rats also enter your house through cracks and holes on the exterior. Unsealed plumbing or HVAC pipes, garage doors and dryer vents are often targeted. Regular exterior inspections and sealing of potential entry points, removing yard clutter, and eliminating outdoor food sources will discourage rat intrusion.
Rodent wire damage in insulation is dangerous. Driven by constant gnawing instincts, rats infiltrate hidden spaces. Chewing on wiring concealed within insulation not only sabotages electrical circuits, but also triggers fire hazards. Compromised insulation becomes ineffective, disrupting temperature control and increasing energy bills. Nibbled wires pose risks of short circuits, potentially leading to equipment failure or even attic fires.
Rats also cause structural damage to your home 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 odor is an expensive attic restoration. Don’t let this happen to you! If you suspect that you have rats in your attic insulation, call us today for a FREE QUOTE!
We often get the question: “How do I know if I have a rat infestation in my home? ” You might first notice foul odors permeating living spaces. Airborne particles from dried feces may pose health risks. Damaged insulation leaves attics vulnerable to moisture and temperature extremes. Telltale signs include scratching sounds, especially during the night and scattered fecal droppings. Chew marks are a dead giveaway of a rat infestation. 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 is 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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