A hidden world of rats may be thriving under your house. These resourceful rodents are experts at finding shelter in crawl spaces, basements, or foundations. Constant gnawing and chewing can cause structural damage, while the rodent droppings pose serious health risks.
Gnawing on wires, insulation, and structural materials can also lead to electrical malfunctions, fire hazards, and compromised integrity of your home. Burrowing in walls and crawl spaces weakens foundations. Because these are nocturnal creatures, their constant scratching and chewing can become loud enough to disrupt your sleep.
The constant chewing and gnawing on wires by rodents is due to both instinct and practical need. The incisors of rats, squirrels and mice grow constantly throughout their lifespan. This means they have to constantly chew or gnaw on something in order to keep their teeth filed down so that they can eat. If not, the incisors can grow up to 6 inches in a year! Unfortunately, the insulation on your electrical wires is a prime target for these pests.
During summer months, rats migrate from your attic to the cooler areas under your home. These dark and secluded spaces under your house offer a safe haven for rats to thrive, making them even more likely to target your electrical wiring. Chewed wires are a leading cause of house fires and is one of the first things our technicians look for during inspections.
A rat infestation in your home presents serious health and structural problems. Rodents multiply at an alarming rate. A female rat can become sexually mature as early as five weeks old and can produce litters every 21 to 28 days, with an average of 7 to 8 pups per litter. In just a year, one successful pair of rats can create over 1,500 rats. This doesn’t even count the generations each litter can produce!
With optimal conditions and abundant resources, rat populations can explode into a full-blown infestation. Swift action is essential to prevent their rapid reproduction and spread. Seal entry points, eliminate food sources, and maintain a clean environment. Ignoring the issue can lead to increased health hazards and higher costs for repairs.
Diseases from rodents under your home can pose serious health risks. Rats carry an enormous amount of pathogens, and their feces, urine, and saliva will contaminate the area under your home. Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, and rat-bite fever are just a few of the dangerous diseases rats can transmit. As rats breed rapidly in hidden spaces, the possibility of a rat infestation escalates.
It is quite easy for rodents to access your HVAC, and particles from dried rat and mice droppings can circulate throughout your home. This dust settles on your food, dishes, furniture, and even your skin. Inhaling dust contaminated by their fecal matter can lead to dangerous respiratory issues for your family, especially for children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.
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