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Rats In My Home... What Can I do?

October 21, 2016

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Unfortunately, we receive pleas like this all the time from residents in our service area; and when the warm summer days begin to turn into the cool days autumn, they become more frequent and more frantic. The sad thing is that it really doesn’t have to be this way, but before we get into that, let’s take a look at rats and why they are more prevalent in fall.

Rats are members of the rodent family. This means that they are social animals; in fact, rats are one of the most social of the rodent family. Rats typically dwell in and under cities here in the U.S. and travel within their district through sewers and across utility lines. Colonies of rats have their own distinct territories and will average 100 or more members in a space about the size of a city block. Rats stick pretty close to their home, ranging about 50 to 150 feet away.

Rats are generally cautious creatures and will often avoid any new item that appears in their general surroundings. This means that any attempt to bait these rodents has to be done slowly and at a distance from their normal travel routes. These smart pests typically have their routes memorized and have developed an escape plan in case danger arises.

Rats are content to dwell in nature and beneath city streets as long as the temperature and the weather cooperate. Large rain events like a hurricane or tropical storm can cause the environment to become too moist even for rats, and they will seek shelter in nearby structures. They will also seek shelter when fall arrives in the hopes of spending the cooler winter months in comfort inside your home or business. So when fall arrives, you may actually see more rats because they come out of hiding and more into closer proximity of people.

Rats are dirty, they carry disease, and they are well infested with parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. When they move into your home, they bring all of these with them. Not only are you in danger of some pretty serious illnesses including plague (yes, even here in the United States), but the safety of your home is also in jeopardy. Rats have to gnaw and chew constantly in order to maintain an appropriate size of their ever-growing front teeth. Not only will they damage your personal belongings and leave droppings and urine throughout your home, but they will also chew on insulation, pipes, support beams, and electrical wires. When a rat chews through a live wire, there is a strong possibility that they will trigger a house fire in the process.

However, those dangers and all those frantic messages that we receive each fall, and throughout the year, can be avoided by partnering with us for year-round pest protection services. When you have monthly or quarterly pest control services from the trusted, trained, and experienced specialists here at Nozzle Nolen, your home or business will be protected from these harmful pests. Not only will we do a thorough inspection and eradicate any existing rat problems, but we will also put in place procedures and exclusion methods to ensure that they do not bother your property in the future. We then return on a regular basis to maintain your barrier of protection that has been placed around your home or office.

Why subject yourself to the dangers that rats pose and put yourself through the stress of realizing that rats have indeed invaded your home when you can prevent that scenario with help from the rat experts here at Nozzle Nolen. Give us a call today to set up a time for your free inspection. You will be glad that you did.


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