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No matter how much you loved “Ratatouille,” rats in or around your home aren't a good thing.
In addition to being gross beyond belief they carry
diseases that can make people sick. They are a huge risk factor for illness
because of bacteria found on their fur; these bacteria such as "E coli".
Rats can also spread diseases through their urine and droppings, which could result in
renal failure. A rat bite may also cause Rat Bite Fever in our furry friends &
a number of these cases are fatal because they produce septicemia
(blood poisoning that results from an infection).
There is also a chance that you could catch Hantaviurs, a virus spread mainly by rodents
that can cause severe symptoms and death. The wild thing is that you don't even
need to touch a rat to contract hantavirus, it is enough to just breath in infected air from their urine, droppings,
or nesting materials.
So what attracts rats to your home?
Rats are known to enter homes for the same reasons as any other animal: food, water, and shelter.
Unlike birds or mosquitoes
who inhabit our houses solely out of necessity, rats
have evolved a natural instinct that compels them into warm spaces. Homes are a great place where they can easily nest- often
with disastrous consequences! These rodents may gnaw through wood insulation and wires just so they
can get their claws on your delicious snacks. They’re also known to cause house fires because it is common
for rats to build nests near furnaces which tend to catch fire from time to time.
How Do You Get Rats & Other Rodents To Leave?
Often it is easier said than done. In fact, it is easier to prevent rodents like mice and rats from claiming your
home as theirs than it is to get rid of them. But we'll get to prevention in a minute, right now, let's talk about
how you can claim back your home and protect your family.
The fastest way to rid yourself of an infestation is to carefully place treatments around the critters nesting grounds.
When they partake in the treatments, they pass away in a matter of hours. Additionally you can capture the rats with bait traps.
Some home owners prefer this as it is a more humane option but chances are that the rats will still pass away. Either way, once you rid
yourself of a current infestation, the door is still wide open for their relatives and buddies to come back. And that is why we recommend
prevention as the best defense & offense.
How do I prevent Rats & Other Rodents From Entering My home?
To help keep rats away from your home, remove food sources when possible. Feed pets in the morning
and clear out any uneaten pet food immediately after their meal time. Find and fix any
pipes or drains around the house to make sure that no water is dripping into a rat's shelter which is
often near the foundation of your building. If you have bird feeders at home
then be mindful about taking those down as well because birds may enjoy feeding on an abundant
supply of seeds but so do rats. Outside food, for humans, pets, and even birds are what often lures rats and other rodents
right inside your home.