Diseases carried by rodents can be spread in a variety of ways. For example, bites could transmit diseases through the animals’ saliva. More commonly, however, people become infected by coming into contact with the creatures’ feces or urine. In fact, you may not have any idea that you are being exposed to these, as they may dry or turn to dust before you notice them in your home.In terms of disease, a rodent infestation can actually bring even more pests into your home, as the animals often carry fleas, ticks, and mites. These insects can carry a variety of other illnesses and multiply quickly, making vermin control even more important. As far as property damage is concerned, rodents are known for their chewing and nesting tendencies. The animals will gnaw through walls and flooring, as well as the more structural elements of a building. What’s more, vermin munching through wires could create a serious fire hazard, as well as sudden power outages.
Inspection is an important first step in getting rid of rats. Once you know the location of the rats, you can set traps or place bait.
Exclusion is an important rodent control technique. It will get rid of the rats by making it difficult for them to enter the home or structure. Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger. Mice can enter an opening as small as 3/8″ wide. All openings greater than 1/4″ should be sealed to exclude mice. For rats, all openings greater than 1/2″ should be sealed.
Do It Yourself or Call in a Professional?
When it comes to rat extermination, exposure to diseases carried by the animals is a real risk to health and safety. Use of rodenticides requires not only following label directions, but taking steps to protect the homeowner and his family, and family pets from accidental exposure to the toxicants. Using a professional rat exterminator carries a price tag that may not be inexpensive, but it should be remembered that hiring a rat extermination company buys the services of a licensed, insured rodent control expert with tested knowledge of traps and rodenticides. In case of the deployment of poisons, the rat control expert has been trained specifically to handle the toxic substances expertly and responsibly. And remember, it only requires one poorly managed house or yard for a colony of rats to take over the neighborhood.