Rat Infestation: What Homeowners Should Worry About
As the temperatures begin to drop during the fall and winter months, rats will be looking for warm, dark places to live. Health risks aren’t the only thing to worry about when you have a rat infestation. Rats can damage your home in ways you possibly didn’t even expect and make your home an unsanitary living space.
Before you let a rat infestation completely ruin your holiday, it’s time to consider what needs to be done to keep them out. Learn about the problems that can accompany a rodent infestation, as well as how to get rid of rats in your house.
Rat Infestation Dangers
Rats can carry pathogens that may transmit disease to humans, including hantavirus. Some of these pathogens can be transmitted through the rat’s urine and droppings, which become airborne as they break down and contaminate other dust particles. This means that you may be exposed to pathogens even if you don’t actually see a rat. This is also why you should not disturb a rodent nest if you find it. Instead, call a rodent control professional.
In addition, rats can cause the following damage to your home:
- Unsanitary Living Conditions: If your home is already filled with clutter, then rats can make it even worse. Rats can contaminate your home with their waste, making it incredibly unsanitary to live in your home and make indoor air quality suffer. Worst of all, the health of pets and small children in your home will be much more at risk.
- Damaged Personal Belongings: Rats will chew on several of your favorite personal belongings if you allow them to run wild over your home. They can chew through wood, shoes, clothing, and if it’s left out in the open, your food supply. Any furniture in your living room will also be at risk. Don’t allow your favorite personal belongings to become a rat’s next meal.
- Strength in Numbers: Once rats have made your home into their personal nesting spot, you’ll notice them grow in number. Making matters worse, they will also be difficult to locate, as they generally reside in your home’s darkest areas like attics, basements, and holes in the walls. Before you realize it, you’ll have more rats than people living in your home, and you suddenly have a huge problem on your hands.
Where Rats Can Be Found
These rodents will live almost anywhere in your house, which is why you’ve probably heard of people who had rats in attics, crawl spaces, walls or in old furniture. Rats can even live in chimneys. Where the rats are found nesting, including where you live geographically, can often help you determine which species you’re dealing with.
Wondering how rats get inside in the first place? Well, they can squeeze through very small holes — about the size of a quarter — to gain access to your home. Additionally, they have strong teeth, so if they find an opening that’s too small for them, they may gnaw on it until they can fit through.
How to Prevent a Rat Infestation
- Clean Up: If you have any leftover food left out in the open, that’s all the reason a rat needs to enter your home. In addition to keeping food stored, you should also sweep up your floors to rid of any crumbs. Also make sure you keep trash bags sealed and change them regularly to prevent a strong odor from permeating in your home.
- Use Peppermint: Peppermint oil is one of the most effective solutions for keeping rats away from your home Adding some concentrated peppermint oil near entranceways have can go a long way in lowering your chances of infestation. However, remember to use this solution only for shed or exterior areas, as peppermint oil does not smell like peppermint.
- Seal Up Cracks and Holes: Do a quick perimeter sweep on your home before the winter begins. If you notice any openings where rats are able to enter openings, you can help keep them out by patching any holes you notice.
If you’re dealing with a rat infestation in your home, you shouldn’t try to handle the problem yourself. DIY home remedies and treatment methods may seem tempting, but you could end up costing yourself more money and headache in the long run with failed attempts at control.
Instead, you should contact a rodent control professional. When you contact Dynasty Pest Control, one of our pest specialist will inspect your home to identify which species of rat you’re dealing with and determine the most effective way to get the rats out. On top of that, the pest specialist will recommend a customized solution to keep them from coming back.