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Not Just an Annoying Pest, but also a Risk to your Property and Health!
Historically, rats have had the reputation of being damaging to structures as well as the cause of serious illness, even death. Rats are known to be the cause of terrible plaques across the world, in the past as well as the present. Because these pests are destructive and active breeders, it is important to keep your home, business, and any other building and property free of these pests. Rat exterminators are essential when a rat infestation is discovered.
Rats are part of the Order Rodentia, and the family Muridae. The two most common rats in Ontario are the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus) and Roof Rat (Rattus rattus). Rattus originally came from Asia. Rats are one of the most adaptable rodents. Because they are omnivores, they will eat just about anything, like: garbage, pet food, food from the shelves, crumbs, dead animals, etc., while remaining nearby standing water to drink. As adaptable pests, they can scurry quickly, jump, swim, and climb. If rats can get into a structure that has a food source, shelter, and water. they will make a nest and infest. A female rat generally has 5 litters per year, and each litter contains 4 to 8 pups. Rats can infest warehouses, restaurants, homes, apartment buildings, condos, schools, hotels/motels, and other places that humans occupy.
Rat Infestation Consequences
Rats can bring a whole host of risks to your property, business, and home, as well as to your health Rats can cause a lot of damage to the interior and exterior of a home and building. These pests can cause structural damage resulting from urine and droppings in the basement, walls, air ducts, attic and areas where they may be getting their food. Rats can get into both people food and pet food. They also cause damage by gnawing on wood and different types of material, as well as the nests they build. Rats can damage the exterior of a building and home as they work to get inside. When it comes to health risks, rats can cause food poisoning, respiratory illness, as well as pass on diseases such as: Leptospirosis, Trichinosis, Rat-Bite Fever, and Murine typhus. This is another reason why it is important to get a rat removal service if you discover a rat infestation.
Signs of a Rat Infestation
Because rats are nocturnal, they are in their nests during the day. However, you can look for such rat infestation signs as:
- Rat droppings
- Nests discovered inside and burrows discovered around the exterior structure
- Oily rub marks from scampering along wall edges
- Discovering a dead rat
- See rats running during day or early evening
- Gnawed on wood, wires, and material
- Chewed and opened food packages and cardboard packaging
Rat Infestation Preventative Measures
Keep countertops, kitchen floors, and sinks clean
Keep dry foods in tightly sealed plastic, glass or metal containers with secure lids.
Empty indoor garbage into the outside garbage bins often
Store outdoor trash in a secure can with secure lid
Empty indoor compost bins into the outdoor bins regularly
Minimize use of cardboard boxes
Seal cracks and holes around your home or business, both inside and outside.
Fix plumbing leaks
Cover attic and other vulnerable vents with mesh metal screening
Don’t keep bird baths near the home
Professional Rat Removal Services Provides Peace of Mind
When a rat infestation is discovered, it is vital to contact a rat exterminator before the situation gets out of control. Rats will bite if handled, and they have very large teeth, which will puncture skin. Rats can transmit diseases through biting or direct contact with their feces, urine and even saliva. You don’t have to risk your health, your family’s health, or your house due to a rat infestation. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email anytime. We are available seven days per week to provide pests such as mice, and wildlife control services in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, and surrounding areas, or to answer any of your questions.