Rats are annoying critters that invade and infest a home while creating all sorts of problems for property owners. These animals multiply quickly and wreak havoc as soon as they give birth. They leave a trail of urine and fecal matter that not only creates a terrible smell but may also lead to food poisoning and other ailments. These rodents have certain habits that will help you determine if your property is infested.
Rats do not discriminate when it comes to eating; they practically eat anything that is food. These rodents also tend to eat excreta, making them a carrier of all sorts of ailments such as gastro-enteritis, diarrhoea and dysentery.
These pests look for and gather food at night. When you see a rat during the day, it is possible that there is a huge population all vying for something to eat or because food is accessible.
On average, rats have the ability to produce 3 to 12 litters in a year (one litter is equal to 10 young).
The young grow quickly within three to four months, and are capable of breeding after that timeframe. Rats can live up to four years and has a capacity to reproduce 250,000 offspring from one pair and their young within three years.
How they Invade Property
A rat can get into your property through a small hole the size of a dime. Rodents love to live in and breed in moist areas in a home or office. The most conducive breeding dens areas are the attics, spaces between walls, pantries, kitchens and crawl spaces.
Prevent a Rat Infestation
The nuisances rats create are more than enough reason to try to keep them away from your property. There are different ways to prevent these pests from invading your home:
- Make sure to cover or repair holes in various parts of your property. Rats can enter small holes meant for plumbing or electrical wiring.
- Keep areas such as crawl spaces, attics, basements and spaces between walls as moist-free as possible.
- Avoid leaving food uncontained; make sure to put food scraps in a sealed container until the collector arrives.
- Ask help from Truro wildlife control professional to install or implement preventive measures in your property.
If a rat infestation takes place, there are Truro wildlife control experts like Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to help you get rid of them efficiently, quickly and humanely. These professionals have the training and experience in removing rodents and keeping them out.