Few pests are as tied to the American metropolis as the rat. These invasive rodents thrive off our garbage and take advantage of the resources that human properties provide. Only by being vigilant can you hope to stem the tide of pest invaders, and the first step is arming yourself with information.
Rats & Human Properties
Foraging pests like rats look for anywhere with easy access to three things: food, water and shelter. Human yards and structures provide all of these, which is why rats are so intertwined with the urban landscape. Whether they get inside or simply thrive off the garbage in dumpsters, it’s important to know what to look for when spotting a rat:
- Size: Rats can grow quite large, especially when they have ready access to food like cities provide. Some can grow up to a foot in length.
- Color: Most often, rats are gray, brown or black.
- Ears: Important to tell them apart from mice, rats have pinched ears that sit far back on their heads.
What Problems Do Rats Cause?
No matter if they’ve invaded indoors or simply thrive outside off the trash outside, rats pose greater risks to people than just a nasty sight. Here are some of the larger problems that rat infestations are known to cause:
- Damage: Rats have teeth that never stop growing, meaning they must file them down on hard materials or surfaces. This leads to damaged property, bite marks on walls and furniture, even chewed-through wires.
- Disease: Rats can be carriers of some harmful diseases, including rabies, plague and salmonellosis.
- Parasites: Even if a rodent doesn’t carry a disease, it may still be infested with fleas or ticks, which also spread dangerous illnesses and pose greater health risks.
- Odor: With their constant urinating and defecating, rats quickly contribute to foul smells that can fill the air. The mere presence of these odors on a property can make people sick.
Rat Prevention For Your Property
To truly protect against rats, you have to be proactive and preventive. They won’t rest until they’ve found a way in, so you can’t get complacent either. Rather than waiting before you spot the signs of their activity, take these early steps to reduce your risk of rats:
- Food storage: Rats can survive on crumbs, but they will also go directly for the hordes of food we keep stored on our property. Keep food in secure areas and containers and frequently deep clean for leftover food traces.
- Trash storage: Rats don’t need “fresh food” to survive; they can get by on the scraps in the garbage, too. That’s why it’s important to securely bag and bin your trash.
- Crack sealing: No hole or crack is too small for a rat to bite, scratch, and burrow through. Routinely inspect your exterior and make repairs where they’re necessary.
- Inspections: While the signs of their presence can be obvious, rats are good at hiding. Only experts can truly clear your property from having a brewing rat problem.
Safe & Effective Rat Control
With so much to have to watch out for and keep on just to have a chance at warding off rats, the smart thing to do is not take it all on yourself. Instead, turn to local professionals who know exactly how to root out and avoid rodent problems. At Bugs Are Gone Exterminating, our friendly staff can get started on an inspection of your property right away, letting you rest easy knowing a trained pair of eyes has determined your level of risk. If rats are found, or the signs of their activity, we’ll implement safe and effective solutions to get rid of them fast.
Don’t let rats grow fat off the spoils of your property, call the pros today.