Throughout history, rats have built a reputation for causing disruptions in food supplies and spreading dangerous disease. While they may not be as dangerous as they once were when the Black Plague ran rampant, they continue to nest and forage for food in our homes and commercial spaces, often accessing our property through the tiniest of holes.
When rats invade a space, their numbers can grow alarmingly fast, resulting in contaminated food and food containers, damage to attic wiring and insulation, and even the potential for spreading disease. Common rat-borne diseases include but aren’t limited to Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, leptospirosis, and rat bite fever – in addition to the various parasites they often track in with them.
How Can You Keep Rats Away?
Consider the following if you are looking to keep nuisance rats out of your home:
- Eliminate as many potential entry points from your home as possible. Pay close attention to the foundation of your home, but do not neglect areas further up, as some rats are adept climbers as well.
- Eliminate places that rats can seek shelter on your property. Keeping your lawn well maintained and making sure trees and bushes are trimmed away from your home goes a long way to denying the critters a path into your home.
- Remove any sources of food or water from around the outside of your home. Things like garbage cans should be brought inside or sealed, and any pet bowls should be relocated
Let The Pros Help
If you need to remove a rat infestation quickly and completely, nothing compares to the service of a team of skilled animal removal specialists like those here at Critter Control® of Waco. We have the experience, tools, and knowledge necessary to get the job done correctly while keeping your loved ones safe from harm. Call us today at 469.805.6267 with any questions, or to schedule a home consultation.