Rats Carry Diseases That Can Transfer to Humans
Rats can cause many problems to Pennsylvania homes, farms, warehouses and businesses. They can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, which makes it easy for them to sneak in without you realizing it. Fall and winter are prime time for these pests to try to make home in unwanted places. You can find them in barns, attics, basements, anywhere where they can be warm get a small amount of water and scavenge food.
Your pantry, food storage areas, gardens and even your garbage disposal could be attracting rats to your home.
Six Problems Caused By Rats and Mice
- They eat food from your home and then contaminate it with their excrement.
- They use materials such as paper, books, wood or upholstery, for their nests, causing destruction to your property. They can also chew plastic, cinder blocks, soft metals like lead and aluminum, and wiring which may cause a fire hazard. They cause 25% of fires that result from undetermined causes.
- Rats have been known to occasionally bite humans and they can kill smaller animals.
- They carry parasites such as fleas, mites and worms which in turn can spread many diseases.
- Rats can damage ornamental plants by burrowing among the roots, or feeding on new growth or twigs. They also eat some garden vegetables, such as corn and squash.
- Rats and mice have an incredible ability to survive and are so difficult to eliminate. They are comfortable with human behavior and use it to their advantage.
The professionals at Gilbert’s Pest Control are happy to help you prevent, find and eliminate your rat problem.