If you find rats in your house, the first question is usually, “How did the rats get in?” Roof rats often enter your home through the roof area construction gap. The construction gap (also called a builder’s gap) is a gap between your shingles and the side of your house that was left open so your house can “breathe”. Unfortunately, rats and other wildlife can enter this gap unless it is properly sealed, yet still allowing the hot air from your attic to escape.
Rats can also access your home through gaps around your plumbing pipes, your AC 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!
Rodents are carriers of many diseases including Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella. Rats also carry the usual ticks, mites and fleas most wildlife carry as well.
Rat feces and urine also carry a tremendous amount of bacteria. Once their droppings dry and become airborne, your HVAC unit can carry the dust from their droppings through your ventilation system into every area of your home. Bacteria from rat 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 very sick.
Female rats are very good mothers and raise their 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 understand how quickly just a few rats can turn into an full-blown infestation!
Rats can procreate so quickly that one successful mated pair can produce over 1,500 rats in just one year! And that’s just the first generation! This doesn’t even count their “grand-rats” which can quickly reach thousands. Fortunately, the life span of the average wild rat is less than two years. That isn’t much comfort when you want them out of your house — NOW.
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Millington 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.
We are happy to help!