Rats chew wires due to both instinct and practical need. The teeth of rats, squirrels and mice grow constantly, which means these animals have to constantly chew in order to keep their teeth filed down enough so that they can eat. Unfortunately, your electrical wires are a prime target for these pests.
During the hot summer months, rats will migrate from your attic to the cooler areas under your home. These dark and secluded spaces under houses 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 in the United States, and is one of the first things our technicians look for during inspections.
Rats possess astonishing reproductive abilities, multiplying 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 mated pair of rats can create over 1500 rats. This doesn’t count the generations these litters can produce. Unfortunately, rats are very good mothers!
With optimal conditions and abundant resources, rat populations can explode exponentially. Swift and effective action is crucial when dealing with a rat infestation to prevent their rapid reproduction from turning into an overwhelming problem for homeowners.
Diseases from rats under your home can pose serious health risks. These rodents carry an enormous amount of pathogens, and their droppings, urine, and saliva can contaminate the area under your home. Hantavirus, leptospirosis, and rat-bite fever are just a few of the dangerous diseases they can transmit. As rats breed rapidly in hidden spaces, their infestations escalate swiftly.
Inhalation of dust contaminated by their fecal matter can lead to respiratory issues. These animals are also a food source for larger wildlife such as raccoons and opossums, and may attract more wildlife to your home. Trapping of these rodents and sealing up the entry points under your home will go a long way toward solving these problems.
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Memphis 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,
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