How to Get Rid of Rats in Deerfield Beach
April 6, 2018
Homeowners throughout Southern Florida can all agree that there is little worse than finding signs of rats living in and/or around your home. There is no such thing as a good rodent; rats living in and around your home can not only cause major problems but also major anxiety for you and your family. To help prevent these worrisome, frustrating pests from becoming an issue for you and your family, the professionals at Nozzle Nolen want to provide you with some helpful information about the two most common rats species found living in Deerfield Beach- the Norway rat and the roof rat.
The roof rat is the most intrusive and abundant species of rat found living in South Florida. Including their long scaly tail, the adult roof rat grows to between 12 and 14 inches in length. The fur on their bodies can be black, gray, or brown in color; their underbelly is lighter in color than their body and is typically gray, light gray or cream in color. Having roof rats living in your Deerfield Beach home is problematic for many reasons including that they can cause a lot of structural damages by chewing through wires, pipes, ductwork, flooring, walls, and insulation; damages that can lead to moisture issues and house fires. In addition to being destructive, roof rats will contaminate your home and food sources with their urine, feces, and saliva, and will introduce disease, parasites, and bacteria to you and your family. Roof rats are most attracted to properties that offer them easy access to food sources. To prevent problems with roof rats it is important to pick up any fruit that has fallen to the ground, make sure that all trash is placed in containers with locking lids, and remove bird feeders from your property. The roof rat's sleek body makes them good climbers, so to prevent them from gaining access to your home, trim back tree branches back away from your house.
The Norway rat’s population in South Florida may be smaller than the roof rat’s, but Norway rats have roof rats beat in size. Including their tail, Norway rat adults grow to between 15 and 18 inches in length. Their body is usually brown in color and they have an off-white colored underbelly. Norway rats are known for causing damages to homes because of their habit of burrowing underneath foundations in order to create nesting sites. Like roof rats, they can also cause structural damages inside of homes and can introduce bacteria, parasites, and disease. Norway rats are good swimmers but poor climbers, meaning that they are usually found invading the lower levels of homes. To prevent them from gaining access to your home, seal any gaps found in the foundation and make sure that exterior doors have sweeps installed on them. It is also a good idea to trim bushes and other landscaping back from your home to reduce areas that they can hide in and inside reduce clutter in basement and storage areas.
If you are seeing signs of rats living in or around your Deerfield Beach home you may be tempted to run right down to your local big box store or hardware store to purchase DIY rat control products. However, choosing this method to eliminate rats from your home has some serious drawbacks. The poison in most DIY rat control products can be very dangerous and cause harm to you, your kids, and your pets. Also, traps that are not placed in the correct areas around your home will be ineffective and just allow the rat population to thrive. Another problem with choosing DIY rat control is that it doesn’t address the source of the infestation. By not figuring out where they are nesting, why they are attracted to your property and how they are entering into your home a re-infestation will occur in the future. The best choice to eliminate Deerfield Beach rats from your property is the professional choice!
Nozzle Nolen offers very effective rodent control services that will work to completely eliminate any size rat infestation from any Deerfield Beach, FL property. Contact us today at Nozzle Nolen, to learn more about our rodent services which may include: conventional trapping, rodent monitoring, exclusion services, the removal of feces, and the replacement of any contaminated insulation.
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