While rats are much larger than the common house mouse, a young rat is often mistaken with a mouse. The way to differentiate, a young rat has a large head and feet in proportion to their bodies. While both rats and mice gnaw on wood, rats leave much larger tooth marks than mice do. Once rats have invaded your garden or landscaping it is only a matter of time before you find evidence of them indoors.
All rodents have poor eyesight and excellent hearing, touching, and smelling senses. Rats and mice can cause structural damage to any building through gnawing on wiring and damage items for their nest-building
HOW WE GET RID OF RATS?
Experience has shown it is less time consuming to control rodents before their numbers get too high, and fewer traps and less bait will be required if controlled early. Traps, repellents, and hiring a pest control seem to work the best. Sanitation is critical for preventing future issues, carefully remove all feces. When cleaning up rat droppings, make sure you take safety precautions, wearing gloves and masks when handling the droppings, disinfecting the area afterward, and throwing away food that might’ve been contaminated is a must.
MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY RATS:
Rat feces is a breeding site for fungal illnesses and parasites. These are the most common disease spread by rats:
- Rat-Bite Fever
- Seal any possible entry points
- Remove any food and water sources
- Clear out clutter and debris
- Install a rat wall
- Get a cat
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WHY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM:
Rats in a home can quickly turn into an infestation. The most obvious signs of a rat problem are droppings. In most instances, rats are very wary. Hundreds may be nesting in a city block in underground burrows, in sewers, on roofs, inside buildings with few people realizing it.