As a property owner, you should be aware of the possible pests you may encounter, including rats. A rat infestation can cause extreme damage and harm to both your home and your health. To protect your home or business, it is essential to know the signs and solutions of a rat infestation.
How To Tell If You Have A Rat Problem
First, you should know how to correctly identify a rat. There are several species of rat that you may find on your property, including the roof rat, Norway rat, and the wood rat. Although there may be differences between appearance and behavior between the types of rats, these common traits will help you distinguish rats from other rodents you may encounter:
Size: Most rats, when full grown, will be about seven to nine inches in length
Color: Variations of white, gray, and brown
Tail: Long, thick, and hairless
Rats have specific behaviors that can help identify if it's a rat you're dealing with, if you aren't able to get a glimpse of the rodent. One of these behaviors is how active they are. Rats can jump and climb to reach what they are looking for, meaning food, water, and shelter materials. This activity level also includes the desire/need to burrow. You may find materials from your home littered on the floor or countertops where a rat has collected materials to create their burrow.
A rat's teeth are always growing, so they need to gnaw and chew to keep them worn down. You may find gnawing marks on furniture, molding, or any other hard material that provides an excellent chewing post for the rodent.
Rat Dependency Of Humans
Rats are clever and sneaky. They are also cautious, which allows them to move about your property with ease. The reasons they are drawn to homes and businesses are simple: they are looking for their basic survival needs. In the wild, there is no such thing as easy access to food. Wild animals have to work for each meal.
However, in your home or business, food is abundant and often not adequately stored, especially when it becomes waste. Rats have developed a dependency on humans, much like raccoons and other garbage-feeding animals. Humans make it easy for these critters to get a meal and even to provide a warm place to sleep without the danger of becoming a meal for another animal.
Destruction & Disease Caused By Rats
Given a chance, rats will tear your property apart. Rats reproduce fast, making your property more susceptible to damage the longer an infestation goes unchecked. Their gnawing and chewing habits can cause significant structural damage to your property, as they will chew through wood beams, drywall, insulation, pipes, and wiring.
Rats will also bring disease onto your property. These diseases include:
How To Prevent A Rat Infestation
To prevent a rat infestation, the first thing you will want to do is seal any holes that could provide an access point. This may prove to be a difficult task because a rat can slip through a hole the size of your thumb, and as previously mentioned, rats can chew through a multitude of materials. So, if they really want to get into your home or business, they will.
One of the best ways to prevent rats from entering your property is to properly store all possible food and water sources. This includes making sure garbage bins have lids and fixing any leaking pipes. If you make your property undesirable to rats, they will be less likely to chew their way in.
How To Handle A Rat Infestation
The most effective and safest way to handle a rat infestation is to contact the professionals at Rodent Solutions. Rodent Solutions uses an effective five-step plan to guarantee your Bradenton, FL home is pest-free. For your health and the structure of your property, don't delay in rectifying a rat infestation. Set up an inspection with Rodent Solutions today!