According to a blog posted by the abcNews, rats are on the rise in U.S. cities. It is estimated that today, there is one rat for every person living in the US. These furry critters of the rodent variety have no respect for social class; thus, you will still find them even in rare places like a king’s palace and a church. Rats are profoundly prolific, and it can be difficult to get rid of them. Only a professional exterminator can help to destroy a big rodent population.
Signs you have a rat infestation in your home
Detecting a rodent infestation is the first step to establishing an effective rat control. Indicators of a rat infestation are as follows:
Droppings: New rodent droppings are dark and moist, but they turn grey-white when they age and dry out. Look for rat droppings in attics, closets, basements, garages, under sinks, and other hidden areas. While these droppings are randomly scattered, you will normally find this waste close to rat runways, near shelter, and feeding areas.
Gnawing marks: The incisor teeth of the rat are open-rooted, which means they can grow throughout its lifespan. Rats must chew continuously to wear down these teeth. So if you find holes bathtubs, walls or ceilings, counters, shower stalls, behind or under cupboards, then you have an infestation.
Foul odor: You will smell rat urine and their general musky smell, especially if your building is poorly ventilated.
Tracks and runways: Rodent runways and tracks are distinctive and are characterized by the presence of footprints, droppings, urine stains, and smudge marks. To make sure that a particular area is frequented with rodents, place baby powder or flour there, and you are likely to see their trails in the powder.
Nests: Rodents use fabric, shredded paper, or dried plant matter to make their nests. Rat nests can be found in any hidden place in the house. If you find fresh droppings there, then there is still an infestation in your home.
Poisoning or capturing a few rats in the neighborhood makes little impact. If you have seen any of the above signs in your home, then it is time to contact the Pointe pest control service to exterminate rats in your property.
Reasons you need to get rid of rats
If food and shelter are adequate, a pair of rats could produce 15, 000 offspring in a year. Under ideal conditions, rats can breed throughout the year. With such proliferation, rodents can really grow in number and turn to be very destructive.
Rats have voracious appetites, eating as much as a third of their total body weight a day, and they can feed on anything. They are true omnivores. Rodents interfere with the economy, eating and contaminating about 20 percent of the total world’s food supply. They also start fires by gnawing on electricity cables not to mention how massively they damage books, furniture, structures, and appliances by gnawing and burrowing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mice and rats spread over 35 diseases worldwide. They pass diseases to humans through their bites, leaving droppings, urine, or saliva in humans’ food, and by transporting lice, fleas, mites, and ticks to human and animals.
The most effective of controlling rats is by keeping them away from your home. Trim all vegetation close to your home and remove any source of food around.