Rats are instinctively drawn to the concealed and protected environment that the space under your home provides. It offers darkness, warmth, and safety from predators, making it an appealing nesting spot for rats to raise their young. Rats are also opportunistic feeders. They are often attracted by potential food sources around your home. Garbage, pet food, and even crumbs will attract rodents. Human habitation provides easy access to these resources. Rats can squeeze through small gaps, cracks, and vents, so these areas should be secured to prevent entry by these determined rodents.
Rats can cause expensive damage under your home. Rodents tend to chew on wires due to both instinct and practical need. The incisors of rats grow constantly, which means these animals have to constantly chew or gnaw in order to keep their teeth filed down enough so that they can eat. Unfortunately, they seem to favor the insulation around your electrical wires, which becomes a prime target for these pests. During 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 exposed electrical wiring. Chewed wires are a leading cause of house fires. This is one of the first things our technicians look for during inspections.
Rodents carry diseases that pose serious threats to to both humans and pets. Rat feces, urine, and saliva can contain pathogens responsible for diseases like leptospirosis, hantavirus, and salmonellosis. When rats establish nesting areas under your house, their droppings quickly accumulate, spreading contaminants .
To lower these risks, it is important to be proactive. Regularly inspect your home for signs of infestation, including droppings and unusual noises. If you hear running and squeaking noises under your floors or walls, give us a call today. Our technicians are skilled at trapping and removing these pests from your home. We are here to help you!
As wildlife professionals, we are deeply concerned about the safety of you and your family. By implementing a few preventative measures, you can greatly reduce the risk of an impending rat infestation.
Begin by addressing potential entry points – carefully inspect your home for cracks, gaps, and openings that rats might exploit. Sealing these vulnerabilities denies them access. Also, maintaining a clean environment plays a pivotal role. Regularly clean up spills, store food in airtight containers, and secure garbage in tightly closed bins. Landscaping matters, too! Trim shrubs and trees away from your home’s exterior to eliminate pathways rats could use. Proper storage practices are essential. Elevate items like firewood to discourage nesting hiding places.
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We also perform wildlife trapping in Millington 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,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
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