Rats understand that in order to survive, they must hide from predators. These little animals prefer dark, hidden spaces to nest and look for food. Once rats gain entry into your home, these rodents will move throughout your house by using walls, vents, and even air ducts in search of food. Eventually, they will even gain access to your kitchen.
Roof rats are so named due to their tendency to enter your home through the construction gap. A construction gap (also called a “builder’s gap”) is the gap between your shingles and the side of your house left open so that your house can “breathe”. Rats and other wildlife can easily enter this gap unless it is properly sealed while still allowing the hot air from your attic to escape.
Overgrown vegetation against your house offers rats an easy route to climb. Rats are adept at squeezing through tiny openings 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!
Rat-borne diseases pose serious dangers within your home. Rats can transmit harmful pathogens through their urine, droppings, and bites. Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella are examples of diseases transmitted by rats. Rats also carry parasites like ticks, mites and fleas causing additional health risks.
Once rodent droppings have dried, the HVAC system can carry airborne particles through your vents into every corner of 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.
A rat infestation in your home poses serious health and structural risks. Rodents carry diseases, contaminate food, and damage property by gnawing on wires and structures. Prompt action is essential to prevent their rapid reproduction and spread.
Rats can 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 count their “grand-litters” which can reach thousands. A female rat can become pregnant within two days of giving birth, and her female babies become sexually mature within two months.
Thankfully 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 Southaven 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!