In pre-modern times, rats were huge threats to humans because of their fondness for stored food as well as their tendency to carry disease, such as the Black Plague. Today, rats continue to seek shelter and food from humans by invading homes and commercial buildings through almost unidentifiable holes in their attics and walls.
Once rats invade, they can grow in numbers quickly, resulting in stolen food, chewed packages, damaged wiring and insulation, and the potential spread of disease. Rat-borne diseases include but are not limited to hantavirus, leptospirosis, and rat bite fever. Never mind the sheer range of diseases carried by the parasites that infect them. Overall, a rat infestation in your home can result in thousands of dollars of damage, and a significant health risk to you and your family.
How Can You Keep Rats out of Your Home?
If you’re looking to keep these unwanted pests out of your home, consider the following tips:
- Eliminating cracks, crevices, and other openings is critical for preventing rats from entering your home. It’s important to pay particularly close attention to the foundations of the home. However, it should be noted that some rat species are excellent climbers, and homeowners must seal vulnerabilities in the roof and attic as well.
- Remove places where rats can shelter. For example, keep the lawn well-maintained so that there are no clumps of tall grass where the pests can hide themselves. Likewise, remove paths that rats can use to climb up, with examples ranging from tall bushes to tree branches that protrude too close to the rooftop.
- All sources of food outside your home should be removed or sealed, including covering trash cans, and picking up fallen nuts, seeds, and fruits for disposal.
Seek Professional Help
For a fast and reliable solution to a rat infestation, there is nothing that can compare to the services of a skilled and experienced animal removal specialist. Critter Control of Cape Cod has the experience, skill, and tools to get the job done without putting your home at risk. Moreover, Critter Control offers preventative services to keep critters out. Contact us today at 508-760-0404 to speak to a critter professional and receive an estimate for rat removal and prevention.