Rats will get into your house through numerous means. Small gaps or cracks in the foundation, walls, or roof offer entry points. Roof rats drop down from overhanging branches and get into your walls through the construction gap. The construction gap (also called a builder’s gap) is a gap between your shingles and the side of your house left open so that your house can breathe. However, rats and other wildlife can enter this gap unless it is properly sealed while still allowing the hot air from your attic to escape.
Rats can also access your home through gaps around your plumbing pipes, HVAC pipes, cable wiring holes, dryer vents, and any other opening they can find. Rats only need a space the size of a quarter to squeeze through!
The possibility of rats in your walls will introduce rat-borne diseases into your home. Rodents carry many diseases including Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Tularemia and Salmonella. Rats also carry the usual ticks, mites and fleas most other wildlife carry as well.
Rodent feces carries a tremendous amount of bacteria. Once their droppings have dried, your air conditioning can carry the dust from these droppings through the ventilation system to every room in your house. Bacteria from rodent droppings will land on your skin, clothes, food, dishes, bedding — basically covering everything and everyone in your home with a thin layer of dried rodent feces. Obviously, this can make you and your family very sick.
Unfortunately, rats are very good mothers and raise the young quickly and efficiently. A female rat can become pregnant within two days of giving birth, and her female babies become sexually mature within two months. You can see how quickly just a few rats can turn into a major rat infestation!
Rats procreate so quickly that one successful mating pair of rats can produce over 1,500 rats in just one year! And that’s just the first generation! This doesn’t count their “grand-litters” which can quickly reach thousands. Thankfully the life span of the average wild rat is less than two years. However, that is just too long to wait. Call Apex Wildlife Control today!
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Collierville 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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