People often are puzzled on how rats get in their homes. Roof rats tend to enter a house through the construction gap. Also called a “builder’s gap”, this is a gap between your shingles and the side of your house left open so that your house can “breathe”. Unfortunately, rats and other wildlife can enter your home through this opening. The construction gap must be sealed effectively while still allowing hot air from your attic to escape.
Rats also get in your home through small openings around your plumbing pipes, your AC pipes, cable wiring holes, dryer vents, and any other hole they can find. Rats only need a space the size of a quarter to squeeze through!
Rat-borne diseases are a serious problem to humans and animals. Rats carry Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Tularemia and Salmonella, plus the usual ticks, mites and fleas most other wildlife carry as well.
Rat feces also carries a tremendous amount of bacteria. Once their droppings have dried, your air conditioning can carry the airborne dust from their droppings through your entire ventilation system. Bacteria from rodent droppings will land on your skin, clothes, food, dishes, bedding … basically covering everything in your home with a thin layer of dried rodent feces!
Female rats are very good mothers! They raise the babies 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. Now you understand how quickly just a couple of rats can turn into a full-blown rat infestation!
Rats procreate so quickly that one successful mated pair of rats can produce over 1,500 rats in just one year! And that’s just their own litters. This doesn’t even count the following generations which can reach thousands. Thankfully, the life span of the average wild rat is less than two years. However, that isn’t much comfort when you want them out of your house – YESTERDAY!
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Olive Branch MS 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 here to help!