The dangers of rats living among humans have posed a huge problem for people throughout history. Rats have always lived among human populations and have not always been good for humans. In the 13th century in Europe rats carrying fleas with the black plague or also known as “The Black Death”, caused the death and misery of over twenty-five million humans.
Today rats living with humans are a major nuisance and still cause billions of dollars in damage to food crops and structures each year. Rats destroy stored food. When in a structure they destroy insulation and chew on wires, it is estimated that 33% of all fires in structures in the United States are caused by rats chewing on wires.
Rats living in a building will head to the upper levels of the structure or the attic in your home and build nests to raise their young. By doing this, they destroy your attic space and left alone for any amount of time will fill your attic space with rat feces and saturate the wood beams and insulation with rat urine.
Rat poop and rat urine odors cause bacteria to grow and spread to the living spaces of the structure where you and your family live, sleep and eat. The bacteria-laden rat poop particles dry up in the attic space and break up into small particles that fall through cracks in the ceiling or ceiling penetrations and become airborne where you and your family may breathe it in.
Having your home rodent/rat proofed, is not enough to solve the rat problem. You must clean out the rat droppings as well. If left behind the rat droppings will continue to smell and attract rats to your home, where rats at night will climb on to your roof and chew new access points and get back in.
Sometimes the rats will make their way into the living space and get into your cabinets, destroy food and crawl all over the counter tops leaving invisible puddles of rat urine. If you don’t see the rat urine on your food preparation surfaces and start prepping your food, there is a good chance you are also ingesting rat urine.
If you feed your pets in the house then the rats may be sitting in your pet’s food and water dish leaving urine and feces that your dog or cat will consume and could make your family pet sick. If you hear noises in ceiling or walls at night don’t dismiss it, take action before the rat problem gets worse. Give us a call and we will provide a free inspection and evaluation to determine if you do have rats living in your home. If you see rats in your garden, it’s time for rat removal.