Do you hear scratching and scrambling sounds in your walls during the night? If so, you probably have rats in your walls. Once rats gain entry into your home, they can move through the walls, often establishing nests within the wall voids.
Their incessant gnawing and scratching is not only annoying, but can lead to potential structural damage. Rats seek refuge in these concealed spaces due to the warmth and protection they offer. Rat presence also raises health concerns, as they can carry diseases and contaminate indoor living spaces.
Prompt action is essential when dealing with rats in your walls. A rat can chew through anything that isn’t stronger than its own teeth. Your air ducts, water pipes, wooden joists, and almost any type of materials in your home is at risk.
Rats cleverly find ways to enter your walls through various entry points. Roof rats are so named because they typically enter your walls through the construction gap. This is the “builder’s gap” between your shingles and side of your house left open so your house can “breathe”. Rats and other wildlife can enter this gap unless it is sealed effectively, but still allows hot air from your attic to escape.
Rats also enter your home through small gaps or cracks in exterior walls, allowing them to slip into wall voids. Damaged or improperly sealed vents, pipes or utility lines provide easy access. Rats only need a space the size of a quarter to enter your home! Once inside, they create nests within wall voids.
Rats in your walls pose a significant health risk due to their potential to spread diseases. The presence of rats in your walls introduces contaminants such as urine and feces, plus the usual ticks, mites and fleas they carry.
Once the feces and urine dries, airborne particles can be carried through your ventilation system, leading to respiratory issues. This means the 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 rat feces.
Rats carry pathogens like Leptospira and Salmonella, causing infections upon contact or ingestion. Moreover, their constant gnawing and scratching may create entry points for other pests, compounding your problems.
A rat infestation can develop surprisingly swiftly in your home. Once a couple of rats find their way inside, their rapid reproduction can lead to a full-blown infestation within a matter of months. A single female rat can give birth to 1,500 young in a year, with each litter containing around 6 to 12 babies. In just a few weeks, the babies grow into reproductive adults, perpetuating the cycle.
These agile rodents exploit openings as small as a quarter, easily infiltrating walls, attics, and basements. Swift action is vital at the first signs of infestation to prevent these animals from taking over your home.
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