Do you hear sounds of scratching, scrambling or squeaking in your walls? Do these sounds wake you during the night? If so, you probably have rats in your walls.
Detecting rats in your walls requires close observation. Rats are nocturnal, so check for signs such as scratching noises at night, especially in quiet areas. An unusual, musty odor usually indicates rat presence. Droppings along the edge of the walls might also suggest a rat infestation. Rats tend to move through your house along the wall’s edge. Their oily fur will leave smudge marks along the base of the wall.
If you notice any of these signs, it is essential to take action promptly. Early intervention prevents potential damage and health hazards, ensuring your home remains rodent-free and safe.
Rats can infiltrate the walls of your house through various means. Small gaps or cracks in the foundation, walls or roof serve as entry points. Roof rats often enter your home through the construction gap. A construction gap, often referred to as a “builder’s gap”, is a gap between your shingles and the side of your house. It is left open so that your house can “breathe”. However, rats and other wildlife can enter this gap unless it is sealed effectively while still allowing hot air from your attic to escape.
Unsealed utility lines, such as plumbing or electrical conduits, provide pathways. Rats can easily squeeze through gaps around your plumbing pipes, 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 diseases pose significant dangers within your home. Rodent feces and urine carry pathogens such as Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), Tularemia and Salmonella, as well as the usual ticks, mites and fleas carried by most wildlife.
Once the droppings have dried, your HVAC vents can carry the airborne particles throughout your entire house. Contaminated surfaces, food and clothing will transmit infections to you and your family. This can obviously make you very sick.
A safe home environment is essential to prevent transfer of rat-borne diseases. Seal cracks and holes, store food in rodent-proof containers, and maintain cleanliness. Swift action against rat infestations will safeguard your home.
Even the worst rat infestations in West Memphis AR can be wiped out with the proper trapping and sealing of your home.
If you have had enough of these nasty things running through your home, then call Apex Wildlife Control today! Our friendly office staff will help you book an appointment with one of our experienced wildlife technicians. We will inspect your home and give you a detailed report along with photos of where the rats are coming in, along with our recommendations for sealing up any entry points, plus trapping and removing any rats left inside your home.
We are here to help with your rat problems! Call today!
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