What Wilmington Property Owners Ought To Know About Rats
November 5, 2020
Rodents are one of the most common home pests in the United States. During the fall months, rodents sneak into homes in search of a warm place to wait out the winter. While inside, they might damage property, ruin food, defecate around the house, and spread disease. How much do you know about rats? How much should you know about rats? In this guide, we’ve gathered some of the most important information about rat infestations in Wilmington, so you can protect your family and your home.
Rats Versus Humans
Rats have been around for a long time. They’ve traveled with humans and now can be found almost everywhere that humans can, with a few rare exceptions. Many types of rats traveled by ship, acting as stowaways on voyages to the new world. During the middle ages, rats were responsible for a large part of the spread of the bubonic plague, and they’ve been linked to the spread of many diseases since.
Today, rats are common in urban areas around the world. They are curious, aggressive, and difficult to control. In Wilmington, you’ll most likely encounter brown rats and black rats. They are large rodents with long, hairless tails, and they often come inside to escape the cold. They can get in through holes in the exterior of your home, tears in window screens, vents, and even pipes.
The Dangers Of A Rat Infestation
Rats are dangerous for two main reasons: destruction and disease. If you have rats living in your home, you’ll likely find chew marks on furniture, kitchen items, and other belongings as they need to gnaw on something constantly. Also, rats need to eat. They will likely find their way into your pantry and cupboards, and you may find chewed packaging and damaged food products. As if that isn’t enough, rats will leave urine and fecal matter around the house. They may also leave grease marks along the walls. In short, they will make your house look and feel unclean. Not only are rats unclean, but their mess can also spread disease. Rats have been linked directly to the spread of rat-bite fever, hantavirus, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and more. These diseases might be spread through direct contact or through their waste. Besides directly transmitted diseases, rats are also carriers of ticks and fleas, which also can spread other diseases. If rats invade your home they are also bringing these dangerous pests in with them. Rats can also carry parasites which may be dangerous for people and pets. There are many reasons to keep rats out of your house!
But, now that you know you should keep out rats, the question becomes how? Here are some tips to get you started:
- Seal holes and cracks along the exterior of your home using caulking or steel wool
- Replace damaged screens and ensure all doors and windows have screens
- Install vent and chimney covers
- Trim tree branches that hang over the roof of your house
- Organize storage areas like closets and basements so there are fewer hiding places
- Store food in proper packaging made of thick plastic, glass, or metal
- Don’t leave food sitting out overnight—including vegetables, pet food, and leftovers
- Clean the kitchen at night and make sure trash is in a sealed bin
- Contact Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators
When it comes to rats, Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators have expert advice on how to prevent future rat infestations as well as how to control and eliminate any rats in your home. Our approach is far more effective than rat traps or poison and provides lasting results. Letting us take care of your rat problem is also safer since we’ll deal with the dangerous cleanup. What are you waiting for? Call the professionals today at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators!