Rats are sneaky little creatures. They’re small and quiet and stay mostly hidden from view in their lairs, which makes it easy to ignore them as a pestilent force on your property. However, these rodents harbor a number of nasty parasites that can cause real damage if they get into your home undetected. Read on to learn more about the ways rats can wreak havoc in your home.
1. Rats Carry Disease
Perhaps the most common reason people think about rats as pests is the risk of disease. As omnivores, rats can eat a range of foods, including human and pet food. This means that rats can often carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites from one species to another. While most of these diseases are mild and easily treated, they can still be dangerous if they are passed along to humans, especially infants and children. No matter what diseases rats carry, they’re not usually dangerous while they’re living in your home. However, if they are carrying pests like fleas that have Salmonella or Hepatitis or any other disease, they can present a serious risk to your family. Fortunately, rat detection is easy and simple. If you know where to look, you can likely find a rat anywhere in your home. Once you find a rat, you’ll quickly be able to identify what kinds of diseases rats are carrying.
2. Rats Create Havoc With Your Home’s Structure
Rats are the primary reason many homeowners deal with damage to the structure of their homes. Unlike most pests, rats are very adept at gnawing through the walls of homes and creating structural damage. This is especially true for homes with more wooden construction; as many new houses are built with concrete, metal, or other non-porous materials, a rat infestation is less likely to damage the home. However, this damage can be extensive and costly to repair, especially if the damage is extensive. Structural damage caused by rats usually occurs while the pests are nesting. This means that rats will often cause damage to the walls of homes on the property where they are living and breeding. This can cause a number of issues, including damage to electrical wires, pipes, and other utility systems. As a result, structural damage caused by rats is a common cause of utility outages.
3. Rats Are Great Climbers
One of the worst things about rats as pests is their ability to climb. While they’re usually not very good at it while they’re living in your home, rats are great climbers when they’re nesting. This means that when the rats are nesting, they can climb almost any surface in your home, from walls to ceilings to furniture. If rats are climbing, they can cause serious damage to your plumbing systems, wiring, tools, and even your food. This makes it important to keep these items safely stored away from the surfaces rats are climbing. Although rats are usually not very good climbers while they’re living in your home, they can damage your home’s structure while they’re nesting.
4. Rats Are Sneaky
Rats are sneaky, conniving creatures. They’ll often try to sneak into your home through tiny openings, including openings under doors and around windows. This makes it especially important to keep your doors and windows closed while you’re not home. Moreover, rats are also masters at con artistry, using objects to create false openings in walls and ceilings. They’ll chew on power lines, pipes, or other utility systems to create false openings in your walls or ceilings. They can then sneak into your home through these openings.
5. Rats Are Habit Forming Destroying Machines
Rats can cause serious damage to your home’s structure and its appliances. However, the damage is usually not very extensive. It’s more common for rats to chew on the wires or pipes that run through your walls and floors. This compromises the structural integrity of your home and can damage your plumbing systems. However, it’s usually not too extensive. The real problem with rats as pests is the damage they can do to your home’s appliances. In particular, rats are known to chew on the electric wiring that runs through your walls and floors. This is especially common in older homes.
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Fortunately, rat detection is easy and simple. If you know where to look, you can likely find a rat anywhere in your home. Once you find a rat, you’ll quickly be able to identify what kinds of diseases rats are carrying. From there, you can take steps to prevent them from getting into your home in the future.
At Anver Pest Control, we are committed to taking care of your family and taking care of our own. We provide customized and personalized services to safely and effectively eliminate and prevent pests. No matter how big or small, Anver Pest Control is ready to tackle your pest and rodent problems. Contact us today for a free inspection!