Rats are very resourceful at finding shelter that offers protection from predators, the elements, and human activity. Under your home, they have a concealed environment that meets these needs. Dark and quiet locations, such as crawl spaces, provide rodents with a sense of security. Rats are also drawn to potential food and water sources. Garbage, leftover pet food, and even leaks or condensation will attract them. Rats also seek warmth. The heat from your home is another reason rats are attracted to nest under your house. Understanding these needs will help a homeowner take proactive measures. Sealing entry points, securing food sources, and ensuring proper drainage can discourage rats from choosing your home’s crawl space as their haven.
Rats pose serious fire hazards in homes due to their gnawing behavior. Their incessant chewing on electrical wires, insulation, and other materials increases the risk of short circuits, sparking, and fires. These hidden damages often go unnoticed until it’s too late. Beyond the immediate danger, fires caused by rats result in property loss, endanger lives, and disrupt daily routines. To lessen this threat, regular inspections for signs of rodent activity and damage are crucial. Timely intervention through pest control, sealing entry points, and maintaining a clutter-free environment can prevent catastrophic fires and ensure a safer living space for all.
Rats are more than just elusive creatures scurrying about in the middle of the night — rats also pose significant health risks to humans and pets. Rodents are carriers of numerous diseases that can be transmitted through bites, scratches, contaminated food, or contact with their feces and urine. From the deadly Hantavirus and Leptospirosis to the less sinister Salmonella and rat-bite fever, these diseases can cause mild to severe symptoms and may even lead to life-threatening complications.
If you see rat or mouse droppings in your basement or crawl space under your home, call Apex Wildlife Control today! Our technicians are skilled at trapping and removing these pests!
Discovering rats under your house can be alarming. The presence of rodents often becomes apparent through various signs. Look for burrows around the foundation, often hidden in vegetation or debris against your house. When walking around the exterior of your home, you may notice an unpleasant musty odor. This is due to accumulation of rat feces and urine. Scratching or scampering sounds under your floors could indicate rat activity. Gnaw marks on wires, insulation or stored boxes signal a rat’s destructive behavior.
Prompt attention is needed as rodents pose not only structural damage problems, but serious health risks as well. Secure potential entry points, eliminate food sources, and call Apex Wildlife Control. Safeguard your home and well-being by addressing rat infestations under your home without delay.
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