It is important that homeowners take the initiative to monitor their homes for any signs of pests. Rat infestations have a few, telltale signs that shouldn’t be ignored.
Rat droppings are one of the easiest ways to identify the presence of rats in your home. Regular and careful investigation of dark corners and hidden spots in your home can go a long way towards the early detection of rats. Rat droppings look similar to those of mice but are larger in size. Rats also tend to leave trails of urine wherever they go. It can be identified by its musty scent.
Even if droppings aren’t readily found, if there is evidence of gnawing then it is more than likely you have a mouse or rat infestation. Boxes and dry pet food bags are typically the hardest hit targets, as rats are attracted to “meaty” smells.
Rats prefer to nest in the warm, safe places inside walls, cabinets, neglected dressers, and anywhere else they feel secure. While they are nocturnal, discerning ears will be able to hear rats scratching, squeaking, and scurrying about. It is also a good idea to be mindful of your pets’ behavior. It is likely that they will be more excitable if they sense rats are nearby.
Health Risks of a Rat Infestation
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rats and mice are responsible for the spread of over 35 different diseases. Many of these diseases can be transmitted to humans directly from the rodents themselves, either through bites or merely breathing in airborne bacteria from rat waste matter. Some of these diseases include, but are not limited to:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Rat-Bite Fever (Streptobacillus moniliformis)
Diseases can also be spread to humans via indirect sources like ticks and fleas:
- Lyme disease
- Murine Typhus
Call an Exterminator Today
The wildlife removal team at Bama Exterminating Co. is specially equipped to deal with most wildlife management situations. If you suspect or have identified a rat infestation in your home, don’t wait to deal with the problem. Contact us today to eradicate your home of these dangerous pests for good.