Rat Control Made Easy
Some pests are seasonal and tend to infest homes and commercial establishments only at certain times of the year. But mice and rats are perennial pests and can be extremely difficult to control. However, once you have understood these rodent’s habits, rat control becomes far easier to do. Today we give you some facts about rats and how best to prevent and control these infestations:
- Rats spread diseases through their bite as well as via their droppings and can cause a significant amount of damage through gnawing and feeding. Rats are much larger than mice and will rarely be seen in the daytime or even at night when the lights are switched on. These nocturnal creatures are generally very cautious and come out only at night; but they tend to be far noisier than mice.
- While rats are more abundant in the summer season, you can’t let your guard down in the colder winter months either. As mentioned at the outset, these pests are perennial and they will happily build their home anyplace they find food, shelter and water. In the winter time, they look for shelter from the cold and it’s not uncommon to hear these critters scurrying around in your basement or attic. They look for spaces that can provide them shelter from the cold winter air and may also eat through insulation and drywall to find a comfortable and cosy space where they can build their nests and breed.
- Most people wonder how they would know whether they have rats on their property. These pests leave behind a number of signs; the things you should be looking out for are gnaw marks on furniture or any other wooden features in your home. Sometimes you may find rat droppings under furniture or cabinets while at others you may see rat paw prints in dusty areas like the attic etc.Check the kitchen and pantry areas and the cereal boxes and grains. Rats can easily gnaw through packaging to get to the foods inside. Once rats get into any food, they become the source of various foodborne illnesses, such as salmonellosis, that’s transmitted when an individual eats or drinks food or any water that has been contaminated by rat faeces; this results in fever, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramps.Certain rats can also directly transmit serious diseases such as Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM), Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, Rat-Bite Fever, Plague, Salmonellosis, Lassa Fever and Tularemia.
- These pests are quite industrious; they will use whatever is at hand to build their nests. They can chew old fabric and clothes, cardboard boxes as well as old newspapers, books and files into shreds and use that to build their soft, comfortable nests.
- Rats need water to survive. There are certain foods that provide them a little water, however, they will also require free water; this includes water in your pet’s bowl, in the base plate of a potted plant; or in slow-draining sinks and tubs. It’s also a fact that rats can easily swim through sewers as well as come up through drains and toilet bowls. While this isn’t a very common occurrence, it can happen.
- Rodents are quite prolific breeders, so their colonies can build-up very quickly in a residence or commercial building, as long as they have access to sufficient shelter, food and water. This is why it doesn’t take long for a rat infestation to get out of hand very quickly.
If you find a rat infestation on your property, call Emblem Pest Services at this number – 1800 244 778. We provide high-grade, residential and commercial pest control services across Sydney, at very competitive pricing.
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