Signs That Rats Are Invading Your Home
Realizing there are rats infesting your home or business could be one of the more disturbing, disgusting discoveries you could make—rats are known to spread disease, contaminate both pet and human food, and damage property. They can even introduce disease-carrying parasites such as ticks and fleas into your home. Needless to say, the sooner you take action against the infestation, the better for you, your family and your business. In order to do this, though, you have to know what signs to look for, signs that could tell you that you and your property are quite literally under attack.
Here are some of the most common signs rats are invading your home:
- Rat droppings in various places
- Scratching and scuffling noises
- Packages or cables that have been chewed through
- Greasy rub marks on walls or skirting boards
- Paw prints
Any one of these signs alone is enough to suspect you may be under invasion by rats, so if you are observing even one of these occurrences at your home or business, it would be best to look further into the matter before the rats multiply and it becomes more difficult and messy to remove them.
- Rats can produce tens of droppings per night, so this is a definite sign of a rat infestation. Many rat droppings are are usually found in on place, and they are usually dark brown in color, and shaped like and oversized grain of rice. If you find anything like this on your property, it’s time to take action.
- Odd, unexplained noises are also pretty much a dead giveaway. Rats love to climb, and so if they are in your home, they will be going everywhere they can reach or fit—all over the attic or basement, under the floorboards, and even inside the the walls and the roof. Also, they chew on almost everything they find, so any odd scratching, chattering or grinding noises should automatically alert you to their presence.
- Rats chew on things to get at what’s inside, or just to practice, it would seem, so holes chewed through anything on your property are another giveaway. Few other pests will be large enough to chew through things, so if you have come across some things with teeth marks and holes all over them, you know something needs to be done as soon as possible. Even if the damage was not in fact done by rats, having any sharp-toothed animal living in your home alongside you is more than enough to worry any homeowner.
- Because rats have bad eyesight, they tend to stick to a few routes they’ve chosen, usually along walls to get where they want to go. Rats’ bodies are quite dirty and greasy, so them rubbing themselves over the same few areas over and over again will leave dark smudges that stick around for long periods of time.
- Rats leave both foot and tail marks behind. These parks are especially visible on dusty surfaces of course, but you can always sprinkle a bit of talc or flour along the walls and leave it overnight, checking for prints the next day morning.
If you suspect your property may be experiencing a rat infestation, do everything you can to be sure as soon as possible so you can take the necessary steps to put this unpleasant situation behind you.