Rats: The Threats They Bring & How to Keep Them Away From your House

Winter has a habit of bringing unwanted house guests. Rats have quite the criminal history as well. Rats carry a variety of diseases and contagions that can harm you and your family; small children are especially susceptible. Therefore it is important that steps are taken to keep them away from your home at all costs.

The Dangers of Rats

It may come as no to surprise to some, but rats are riddled with numerous diseases. To name a few:

  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV) – a viral infection with is transmitted through urine and saliva of rats
  • Bubonic Plague – while not as dangerous today as it was in the 1800s, rats still carry the disease and for those unvaccinated, it can still be deadly
  • Salmonellosis – contracted through rat’s feces

Furthermore, rats can also cause structural damage to and around your house. They are known to chew through wood and plastic, allowing them to burrow into your cabinets and ceilings.

Each one of these diseases are a danger to you and your family. Through bites, scratches, or accidentally ingestion of rat urine or feces, anyone in your family could become infected. Therefore, if you notice a rat infestation, it is important that you begin taking steps to remove them from your home and neighborhood.

Crafting Your Defense!

In order to create a strong defense, one must be aware of and understand why rats may be attracted to your home in the first place. First and foremost, it is the warmth and shelter your home provides for them. The winter season is harsh for everyone, and this does not exclude rodents. Winter also brings a lack of food; however, it just so happens that your home is constantly supplied with all kinds of different foods, allowing even the pickiest rats to target your home. To deter rats from targeting your home during the winter is it important that you:

  • Clean
    • With food and drinks left out for days, spills not cleaned, and plates not cleaned, rats will take this as an open invitation to “help” you.
  • Secure Garbage Cans
    • Leaving your trash can be uncovered, or throwing trash bags in the alley or street with no can is not only disrespectful to your neighbors, but it is also a for sure way of attracting rats
  • Easy Entry
    • It is vital, not only to prevent rats, but all kinds of infestations, that easy access to the home is eliminated. Patch cracks in the walls, place a fine-mesh wire under porches, eliminated areas that could be utilized for nesting.

Keeping the Pests at Bay

As always, it is easier to take prevent the infestation than eliminate it once it has begun. Therefore, to eliminate a severe headache in the future, it is important to invest in a strong defense before rats become an issue. Constructing a strong defense includes:

  • Leaks
    • If there is a steady leak outside the house it is important that it is fixed as soon as possible, especially during the warmer months. Many animals will take advantage of the free drink, including unwanted ones.
  • Landscaping
    • Trimming tree branches is extremely important, especially if they are close to the home. These tree branches can be used as jumping points to reach the house. Furthermore, if there are vines on the side of the house, ensure these are removed for they can be used as climbing points.
    • Ensure the yard is also free of debris
  • Pet Food
    • Ensure that all pet food is seal away in a container made of glass or metal.
  • Firewood
    • Firewood stacks can and will be used as a shelter, therefore, ensure that it is far away from the home.
  • Neighborhood Watch
    • If you are dealing with rats, chances are that others in your neighborhood are also dealing with the issue. If possible, try banding together with others in your area to fight off the invaders.

Now armed with a strong defensive, act! Following these steps in this guide will help you protect yourself and your family from disease and other illnesses that rats carry. If you are worried that you may have an infestation or have questions, call Accurate Pest Control! Your pest issues are our pest issues, and we will handle the situation without putting you or your family at risk! To find out more about Accurate Pest Control, visit our About Us page!

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