As a homeowner, there are few situations more disconcerting than walking into your home and spotting a rat or two scurrying about. After all, rats are large, gross, and known to spread all sorts of diseases. As such, if you want to keep rats out of your Greenville home, you need to know some rat prevention techniques. Furthermore, to limit your exposure to all the potential threats that rats can pose, you need to know what your rat control options are should your home become infested. The wellbeing of your family could depend on it.
Identifying Rats & Their Behavior
Rats are rodents that can grow to be up to nine inches long not including their long tails. They are usually brown, gray, or black in color. Rats, like all rodents, have large front incisors that grow continuously throughout their lives. Because of this, they will constantly be gnawing on objects to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.
The most common reason rats will enter homes is because they are searching for food, water, or shelter. In fact, a lot of what a rat eats comes from our waste. As such, rats have a very dependent relationship with us humans. Therefore, if food or trash is stored improperly inside a home, it could be a big attractor for rats.
Threats Rats Pose When They Infest Our Homes
There are several different threats that rats pose to us humans when they invade our homes. First, rats can carry and spread all sorts of diseases. They can contaminate any surface in your home and even your food, if it's been improperly stored, with their feces, urine, or saliva. Diseases that rats spread include tularemia, plague, hantavirus, LCM, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever.
Not only do rats carry diseases, but they can also carry other parasitic pests that they then introduce into your home. These pests include fleas, mites, and ticks which all come with their own unique problems that you then have to deal with.
Finally, because rats must constantly be chewing on objects to keep their teeth from overgrowing, they can cause all sorts of property damage inside of homes. They chew wiring and PVC piping which can lead to either short circuits or leaks, respectively. There’s almost nothing a rat will not chew as long as it can get its mouth around it.
Rat Prevention Techniques
To prevent rats from entering your home, you should try to remove any factors that might be attracting them inside in the first place. Additionally, trying to seal off any possible entry points can also help. However, rats can fit through very small holes, so accomplishing this can be challenging. With that said, here are some helpful tips that you can utilize to keep rats out of your home:
- Store all food in air-tight containers or the fridge.
- Wipe up any spills from countertops or floors immediately.
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures within your home.
- Seal any cracks or holes around the exterior of your home.
- Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Trim back branches from the exterior of your home.
The Most Effective Rat Control Solution
In the unfortunate circumstance that you do wind up having rats infest your home, don’t worry, the professionals here at PinPoint Pest Solutions are here to help. Not only will we effectively eliminate any rat infestation with which you are dealing, but we will also work with you to better secure your home from future infestations. Don’t put your family at risk by letting rats run rampant in your home. Give us a call today.