Of all the pests that can infest our homes, rats are among the most dangerous. These mammals may make cute pets, but they can contribute to the spread of dangerous illnesses. These illnesses can put your family’s health at risk, so you need to act quickly at the first sign of an infestation.
Common Diseases Rats Carry
Rats can transmit diseases in a number of different ways. They can transmit disease directly from bites and scratches. They can also transmit diseases in their urine and feces. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common diseases rats carry include:
- Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
- Hemorrhagic Fever
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis
- Rat-Bit Fever
The health risks don’t stop there. There’s also a variety of diseases that rats carry indirectly from parasites, ticks, and fleas. These diseases include:
- Colorado Tick Fever
- Lyme Disease
- Murine Typhus
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
- Powassan Virus
- West Nile Virus
With so many health risks, you need to make sure that rats are not welcome in your home.
Signs Of A Rat Infestation
There are several signs that rats have entered your home. If you notice any of these signs, you need to speak with a professional exterminator immediately. Signs include:
- The presence of droppings that are dark brown, tapered, and 9-14mm in length
- Scratching noises coming from the walls, ceiling, or floors
- Foot and tail marks found in dust
- Greasy rub marks along the bottoms of your walls or baseboards
- Gnaws marks on wood, plastic, or electrical cables
- Food packages that have been chewed open
- Rat holes or nests located in your walls or behind your furniture
- A foul, undefined odor coming from your home
Finally, the most obvious sign is seeing a rat scurrying around your home.
What To Do If You Have A Rat Infestation In Your Home
If you believe you have a rat problem, you need to call an exterminator immediately. As they carry so many diseases, it is not a problem you want to try to remedy yourself. You will also want to start implementing some strategies to protect your family. Start by throwing away any food items that have come in contact with the rats. Then store any other food items in airtight glass containers. Next, you’ll want to start deep cleaning your home. That means moving furniture and appliances to clean up any feces they may have left behind. Your exterminator will help you find a good strategy to remediating any other damage.
At Habitat Pest Control, we understand how serious of a threat a rat infestation poses to your family. We will not only will we remove the rats from your home, but we will make sure to address the underlying causes that attracted rats in the first place. Finally, we’ll work with you to help fix any of the damage they caused. This way you can be assured that your family is safe. Give us a call today to learn more!